Jayawardene retires from Test cricket August 13, 2014

'Mahela an unbelievable team man' - Mathews

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'Mahela great support for youth' - Mathews

Of all the cricketers who have appeared for Sri Lanka since 2011, no one has known a dressing room without Mahela Jayawardene. He is the last link to a less professional era, and to Arjuna Ranatunga's captaincy. He has played more Tests than any other Sri Lanka cricketer.

As the SSC readies for his farewell, captain Angelo Mathews said the emotions had begun to run high in his camp, for a player whose value far outstripped the 11,756 runs he has scored, and the 202 catches he has held.

"We can't do his service justice with words. As a team we're very sad he's retiring. The best thing we can do is play well in this match and win it for Mahela," Mathews said. "There are so many things we will miss. He is a real fighter. If you go into a warm-up match with him, he'll still try to fight and win. That's the kind of character that he is, and he's an unbelievable player.

"He's not into personal milestones. If you look at Test matches this is going to be his 149th Test. He could have played one more Test and retired, if he went for his personal milestones. He's been an unbelievable team man, and he'll do whatever the team wants him to do and bat wherever the team needs him. I'm very happy to have a guy like Mahela in the team."

Jayawardene was Mathews' first national captain when he arrived in the top team in 2008, and has since been a formative influence as captain. Jayawardene's primary reason for giving up captaincy in early 2013 was to allow Mathews a bedding-in period as captain while he, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan remained in the side.

"Mahela still he helps me a lot with tactics," Mathews said. "He's very smart in his thinking, and he's shown that in the past when he's captain as well. He's not afraid to let me know when I have to do something. He gives so many options. He puts options on the table and he's the most senior guy in the team, and we're going to miss him so much. Up to now he has supported me right throughout from day one, and I'm really thankful to him for that.

"That's the kind of characters that we want in the team, regardless of whether it's a senior or a junior, I want people to come up to me and give their ideas, so that we can all put our thoughts together and try and pick the best one. Mahela contributes immensely, and he's been a pillar of strength to us."

Among Jayawardene's hallmarks as captain was his support of young players, who were given more respect and responsibility in the side than young players in previous generations had been afforded. Mathews has taken a similar approach in his 19 months at the helm, as he seeks to build a young team.

"Mahela treats the younger guys very specially," Mathews said. "He tries to teach them whatever they do wrong, to try and correct them. A lot of the youngsters, including me, have learned a lot from him. It will take a long time to replace Mahela, because he's the kind of player that comes around very rarely."

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • POSTED BY cricchanel.com on | August 16, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    He is an history maker for Srilankan cricket scoring more than 50000 runs in all type of cricket, domestic and international. He had scored more than 22000 runs in test and ODIs. SL would miss him long in the future.

  • POSTED BY Dan2982 on | August 15, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    @ malindasameera: I do accept the SJ's captaincy record on stats look more pleasing than MJ's but MJ belongs to a class that SJ would never dreamt of reaching. More than his brains, I think SJ had his lady luck favouring him unconditionally throughout his captaincy where he single handedly bat or bowl an opposition out to win matches & major trophies. However, I do not believe he had a great mentoring effect & tactical effect on juniors. Apart from that, SJ's sudden thirst for politics & tried to get the political influence to his survival would have discounted him of having a proper farewell. Hence, MJ deserved to be farewelled

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 15, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    A great son of sri lanka cricket. we will miss you..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 15, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Wow! Retiring in his 149th match. How selfless is that!

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    He is a good player. He plays aesthetic drives. His records speak for himself. Could have been one of the greatest players had he scored more runs outside of subcontinent in test matches. This is where Sanga excels.

  • POSTED BY Horaumpire on | August 14, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    The greatest thing in Mahela is that he would walk out if he knows that he nicked a ball to the keepers gloves without waiting for the umpires decision. The opposite of my names shake!

  • POSTED BY malindasameera on | August 14, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Sanath jayasuriya didnt get such farewell.. how did mahela get such...his odi averege is much similer to sanath 32 plus and test average much better.but he is not averaging 50 though..like great players...sanath 40.07 and mahela 49 plus.. but sanath had over 300 odi wickets and 98 test wicket..when comparing captancy record statically sanath has better record...but he didnt get farewell.not even in oneday format..can some one tell why sanath didnt get farewell like mahela.....?????

  • POSTED BY naren1983 on | August 14, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    The best strategic player in the current world of Cricket. He has done tremendous contribution to his team while captaining the side and even after came down as Captain, he supported Sanga and now Mathews. I feel Mahela loss will be great as much more as than Muralidharan, because Mahela's influence is across the match from the start to end. He gave every thing to win the 2007 & 2011 WC, but opposite team had overcome that.. But T20 WC 2012 win came at this kissing case for him. His WC 2015 will be his last reach to cricket. Hope he will give everything for that and try to achieve it. Hats Off Mahela, though I am an Indian, I am one of the true followers of your Cricket Contributions.

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | August 14, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    'Mahela an unbelievable team man' - Come on Mathews, what has he done that you cant believe him?

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | August 14, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Most of his runs were at home grounds in doctored pitches but he was a real bulwark in asia. We will miss you Mahela, you are like Ponting on conducive pitch scoring. Ponting was also good only on pace pitches, he was not even half good in Asia, same goes to Mahela when he is out of Asia. Despite all this, he is the only player worth watching in Sri Lankan cricket nowadays.

  • POSTED BY cricchanel.com on | August 16, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    He is an history maker for Srilankan cricket scoring more than 50000 runs in all type of cricket, domestic and international. He had scored more than 22000 runs in test and ODIs. SL would miss him long in the future.

  • POSTED BY Dan2982 on | August 15, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    @ malindasameera: I do accept the SJ's captaincy record on stats look more pleasing than MJ's but MJ belongs to a class that SJ would never dreamt of reaching. More than his brains, I think SJ had his lady luck favouring him unconditionally throughout his captaincy where he single handedly bat or bowl an opposition out to win matches & major trophies. However, I do not believe he had a great mentoring effect & tactical effect on juniors. Apart from that, SJ's sudden thirst for politics & tried to get the political influence to his survival would have discounted him of having a proper farewell. Hence, MJ deserved to be farewelled

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 15, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    A great son of sri lanka cricket. we will miss you..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 15, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Wow! Retiring in his 149th match. How selfless is that!

  • POSTED BY on | August 15, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    He is a good player. He plays aesthetic drives. His records speak for himself. Could have been one of the greatest players had he scored more runs outside of subcontinent in test matches. This is where Sanga excels.

  • POSTED BY Horaumpire on | August 14, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    The greatest thing in Mahela is that he would walk out if he knows that he nicked a ball to the keepers gloves without waiting for the umpires decision. The opposite of my names shake!

  • POSTED BY malindasameera on | August 14, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Sanath jayasuriya didnt get such farewell.. how did mahela get such...his odi averege is much similer to sanath 32 plus and test average much better.but he is not averaging 50 though..like great players...sanath 40.07 and mahela 49 plus.. but sanath had over 300 odi wickets and 98 test wicket..when comparing captancy record statically sanath has better record...but he didnt get farewell.not even in oneday format..can some one tell why sanath didnt get farewell like mahela.....?????

  • POSTED BY naren1983 on | August 14, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    The best strategic player in the current world of Cricket. He has done tremendous contribution to his team while captaining the side and even after came down as Captain, he supported Sanga and now Mathews. I feel Mahela loss will be great as much more as than Muralidharan, because Mahela's influence is across the match from the start to end. He gave every thing to win the 2007 & 2011 WC, but opposite team had overcome that.. But T20 WC 2012 win came at this kissing case for him. His WC 2015 will be his last reach to cricket. Hope he will give everything for that and try to achieve it. Hats Off Mahela, though I am an Indian, I am one of the true followers of your Cricket Contributions.

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | August 14, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    'Mahela an unbelievable team man' - Come on Mathews, what has he done that you cant believe him?

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | August 14, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    Most of his runs were at home grounds in doctored pitches but he was a real bulwark in asia. We will miss you Mahela, you are like Ponting on conducive pitch scoring. Ponting was also good only on pace pitches, he was not even half good in Asia, same goes to Mahela when he is out of Asia. Despite all this, he is the only player worth watching in Sri Lankan cricket nowadays.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene retires from test cricket. The first player in the histroy of cricket to take catches both in Tests & ODIS 200+ catches. Hats of to Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene. He is a king maker & mixes with players very fast & leads from the front. My due respect to him & wish him all the best for his new innings after his retirement. Even Sangakkara & Dilshan are going to follow soon. He equalled the records of Sunil Gavaskar who scored 34 Centuries. Kudos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY FanofSauravDadaMumbai on | August 14, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    I reallly admire and respect Mahela Jayawardene as a cricketer and a great human being. This down to earth cricketer from my neighbouring Island Nation Sri Lanka really inspired me to watch and follow Sri Lanka Cricket since his initial days of Intl Cricket. Some of the great cricketers retired and left a great space vacant i.e Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Muttiah Muralidharan, Shane Warne, Jacques Kallis and Sanath Jayasuriya. Now one of the stylist modern cricket player Jayawardene calling it a day. Very sad to see Jayawardene not playing his 150th Test and retiring at 149. We Indians got a chance to see his marvellous stroke plays very closely in IPL, He is still young and could have continue for another one year atleast, However he is such a gentleman cricketer chose to giving chance to youngsters and supporting in nurturing a young Matthews as captain. Another Sri Lankan giant I respect the most is Kumar Sangakkara, probably the best WK Legendary batsman at present .

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | August 14, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    A salute to one of the great batsman...a true legend who inspires youth and leads from the front and takes incharge when his country needs him...All the best for your future sir...With love from India....

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | August 14, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    there are some people who still argue that Mahela is not so great batsman outside sub continent etc. etc. whatever it is, he has been a great player and a great name in world cricket. i will still be modest if i say - i am blessed watching him on the field. actually, this is the man who should be heading the SLCA. i guess he will soon be at the helm of affairs at the board. so heartiest congrats for such a brilliant and passionate career and advance congrats too, for the future career.

  • POSTED BY SDeepalV on | August 14, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Mahela wouldn't have retired so early, if they (SL Team) had a better governing body. One day, I would love to witness people like Mahela and Sanga step in to Cricket administration and wash off the mismanagement an irregularities, for the sake of Lankan Cricket. Besides, I still remember I bowled to Mahela at SSC nets during our practice session, where I had no idea, to whom I was bowling. It was my coach who, confirmed having seen my curiosity said - very soon this bloke will play for SL. Pwaafff.. see how far he has come.I guess he was 19 at that time.

    Mahela.. you have done mother nation proud.

    Deepal V

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 14, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    A great cricketer and a lovely man. What a player he's been for Sri Lanka and for World Cricket. His eye catching batting style and silken savagery made sure that he can adapt to any format so easily. Without a shadow of doubt in my mind that not only Sri Lanka but whole world cricket will miss Mahela Jayawardene's class. What a player!!!!! What a Brilliant Team man!!!!! But every good thing comes to an end so is this. More power to you Mahela. It has been a treat to watch you play this game for so so many years. All the best for rest of your life. Though we still can watch you in the limited overs format for a while so that's a relief. :) :)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 14, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    A great cricketer and a lovely man. What a player he's been for Sri Lanka and for World Cricket. His eye catching batting style and silken savagery made sure that he can adapt to any format so easily. Without a shadow of doubt in my mind that not only Sri Lanka but whole world cricket will miss Mahela Jayawardene's class. What a player!!!!! What a Brilliant Team man!!!!! But every good thing comes to an end so is this. More power to you Mahela. It has been a treat to watch you play this game for so so many years. All the best for rest of your life. Though we still can watch you in the limited overs format for a while so that's a relief. :) :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    All the very best to Mahela Jayawardena on his Farewell. you'll be missed immensely. Forever a lankan Hero.

  • POSTED BY katch47 on | August 14, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    Just 94 runs Mahela. Get 94 in this match (both innings) please

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    You will be dearly missed Maiya! An absolute gentleman of the game. Pure legend!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 14, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    my fav inning wud ur 100 against aus in aus. ur team lost bt u played vry well. m indian bt still feel proud on ur record. m watching u from my childhood. always try ur shots as well whnevr i play. suprb leader as well. salute sir.

  • POSTED BY Ramansilva on | August 14, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Many fans wants Mahela to play 150 tests. I think he does not want a scripted and stage set retirement like Tendulkar's. Legends like Muralithran and Kallis retired gracefully without waiting for round numbers. It was just fate and luck that gave 800th wickets for Murali in his last test. I think Mahela tread on the same path of Murali's but not on Tendulkar's.

  • POSTED BY Yasassri on | August 14, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    should have continue to play and to achieve 150 Tests

  • POSTED BY pitch_it_up on | August 14, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    I felt very sad when Krish Srikant retired, extremely depressed when my ultimate hero Kapil Dev retired. Thought Cricket has come to an end. There after when Anil Kumble, Saurav, and mostly when Rahul Dravid (and Laxman) and Sachin retired, I thought I'll never follow cricket. I have similar feelings today. Forget about runs n other boring statistics. Its the sportsmanship n the genuine character one displays even in these days of extreme competition (which has killed the romance in sports) is what resonates in the hearts of fans. So when, once in a life time a character like Mahela comes and goes, it evokes so many emotions. A champion who played the sport the way it should be. Still remember his early international days. Here is US, no live telecast from any major channels/websites, I'll find one n watch you play Mahela, just for you, one last time. Alll the best in ur future. Coach for Team India :) Best of regards from India. @SuchaSL: That's a thought that struck to me as well.

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | August 14, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    "Mahela's wounded army winning the game", remember? That's the best I remember, in Australia, when winning with so many players wounded with short balls, uneven bounce, and yet Sri Lanka winning.

  • POSTED BY hnlns on | August 14, 2014, 1:06 GMT

    This would be as big a loss as the retirement of Dravid was to the Indian team. Such talented players are really missed when they retire. He was such a marvelous player that whoever comes into his fill his place will be trying to fit into quite a big shoe. Wish him all the best.

  • POSTED BY on | August 14, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    anji, dont let this guy to sleep as he expect keep on caling him even after sessions, take out each and every tactics that he has. We (fans) need them on and off the field without them sl cricket will be boring most importantly he is the only man who wins great ranatunga's trust as a young captain

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | August 13, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    Great player. He will be hard to replace as will Sanga who can't be too far from retirement either. Though Sangs seems to be getting better with age.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    Congratulations, Mahela, on a stellar career. You make Sri Lanka proud! Happy retirement! Hope you continue to help SL.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    A perfect gentleman,classy batsman.an unassuming fielder.(near 200 catches): Like all great things Mahela defy praise & pamper an ICON among the pantheon of greats !

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Legendary team player and a beyond words very down to earth human being. I met him at a tyre shop about 4-5 years ago, he himself has came to change tyres of his car. And I just could approach him and talk with him for about good 20-30 minutes. Very humble down to earth person, and a extremely simple human being. He doesn't go public on his charity work both Sanga & Mahela do. He donated a huge building to cancer hospital, and he has done a hospital himself. And doing a huge amount of charity with his best mate Sanga. Thankful if somebody who knows more than I do could update the cricketing world what a nice human being he is outside cricket. May the tripple gem bless beloved "Maiya" now and always.

  • POSTED BY Kavum on | August 13, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Mahela - the latest in a great line of Sri Lankan artists with the willow. Carried on the tradition of Sathasivam, Sid Wettimuny, Roy Dias and Marvan as players who were pleasing on the eye as they kept the scoreboard ticking over and all of us enthralled. Other countries have their sporting heroes and comparisons are as futile as they are no more than childish playground exercises. Mahela and Sanga have carved themselves a special niche in our cricketing legendarium. Long days and pleasant nights MJ; thank you on behalf of a very grateful cricketing public.

  • POSTED BY sara2a on | August 13, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    @SuchaSL ; Your comment brought a tear to my eye… For me, the most compelling sight on a cricket field was to see Mahela marshalling his troops… He always made me feel that something was just around the corner… Cricket was never boring when he was the fielding captain… What a thrilling sight it was when Mahela took matters into his hands and won that match for SL against NZ in the last T20 world cup, when make-shift captain Malinga was just a spectator… How much I'd love to see Mahela in command for one last time in his farewell match…!!!

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | August 13, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    He is a good batsmen with a good technique, but genuinely struggled against part time spin...

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    your the great fighter in our sri lankan team.u miss us but will see in future Sana's, Athapaththu's,Vass's like role in sri lankan team.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 13, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    We'll done Mahela Srilanka will miss you very much

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    From Day1 I had watched him, I had liked him! Such a great player! What I loved about 2011 WC final is his beautiful innings, there are a lot more innings. He has every shot in his book, aggressive, non-controversial. Hope at least he does coaching for one of the Asian teams.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Best captain SL has ever produce and the best batsman after sanga...and MJ will be missed!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Mahela,You are great team player not a individual player.Great team players are very rare today.as Sri Lankan I m so proud because we have lots of team players that is why we are wining lots of matches. I think they all are looking at you and you have became the role model for all other player and learn to be team player .Thank you for the service for Sri lankan cricket.all the best Mahela

  • POSTED BY SuchaSL on | August 13, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Angelo, please send Mahela for the toss for the final time in his rest career and let him master the match in the field. Thank you.

  • POSTED BY Batmanian on | August 13, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Sad to see him go - but this team under Mathews looks in good stead. I agree with the analysis - he has bridged SL's transition from a weak Test team with a few stars to a worthy touring outfit and a formidable force at home.

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | August 13, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Most of his runs were at home grounds in doctored pitches but he was a real bulwark in asia. We will miss you Mahela, you are like Ponting on conducive pitch scoring. Ponting was also good only on pace pitches, he was not even half good in Asia, same goes to Mahela when he is out of Asia. Despite all this, he is the only player worth watching in Sri Lankan cricket nowadays.

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | August 13, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Mahela is the most VERSATILE batsman SL ever produced. He could play the gritty innings that saves the match to a rapid innings that wins a match. The sheer elegance of his innings versus the butchery of others was exemplified by his century in the world cup. His artistry hides his gritty determination tat is more evident in his captaincy which I felt was the most complete captaincy SL has ever experienced. Once an English commentator compared TROTT's average in ODI to MAHELA's and the other commentator stated that TROTT plays the same manner at a strike rate of 80 while MAHELA will play whatever innings the team needs.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    He is One the best and attacking skippers ever A great cricketer and even better human being A lovely man Hats off to you Mahela and good luck for future

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    I was at the SSC grounds when Mahela very nearly broke Brian Lara's highest individual batting record against SA. In fact I was fortunate to watch that innings intermittently from the time to he came to bat late on the first day. He was phenomenal and no bowler looked like getting him out. Once he was bowled by Nel for 374, he showed no emotions and simply walked back to the pavilion after shaking hands with SA players. But I think his best hundreds came elsewhere. One is 167 against NZ in the very first test match played in Galle. 123 against SA in the fourth innings in the 2nd test same series he scored 374 against SA helped Sri Lanka to win that match by one wicket with last pair at the wicket. The marathon innings of 119 at Lords in 2006 England tour helped SL to draw that match after being asked to follow on 349 runs behind in first innings. Ha is truly great character.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    For a country without a good sporting history this guy is a true legend, he will not be forgotten for another long time to come..

  • POSTED BY banda2014 on | August 13, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    we miss you Mahela. All the best to your last test!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Another legend from Sri Lankan Cricket...

  • POSTED BY haalithjr on | August 13, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    It's hard to say simple thanks and wind up for the services you have done for this little cricket nation. You are prodigious legend of Sri Lankan cricket, truly we feel sad of missing you in white color., but there is still some more enjoyment to cheer up your shows in color……

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | August 13, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Mahela is one player SL and world cricket going to miss. The hundred he scored in world cup final was simply briliant.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    A great cricketer and even better human being. Need I say more? Falling short of words. Hats off to you Mahela and good luck for future.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Such a lovely man. All the best Mahela. We gonna miss u.

  • POSTED BY Nifras_Thahir on | August 13, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Yes, he is one the best and attacking skippers ever. I wish him to end up his amazing test career with everything best.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    I felt sad when GR Vishwanth retired. Thereafter I felt sad when Ricky Ponting retired. Now I feel not just sad but even crying at the thought of Mahela retiring. Such a marvellous player who has played the game with the highest sportsman spirit. The game of cricket will be poorer without him. Best Wishes to Mahela and his family, SL please make use of him fast.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    man with distinguish honor and previlage to have you are so proud to be a truly sri lankan hat off to you mahela all the best in coming years....

  • POSTED BY sevillano on | August 13, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    A great batter who is a real delight to watch. What a pity he did not play more Test Matches in England!

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    OMG.. the end of SL Cricket as we know it!!! :O... that should answer your question @CricketMaan.

    Anyways.. There will be someone new. They wont replace any body. They'll just have to develop their own brand of cricketing identity. Like Mathews has done, and like the others have done.

    You can't expect to replicate the same players.

    Anyway. As always Andrew.. great article!.. you gotta change the date though. Your 2008 is shown as 20,008.

    :)

  • POSTED BY kalpanapanditha on | August 13, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Thirimanne and Chandimal are most likely to replace Sangakkara and Mahela in ODIs and in test matches I believe Roshane Silva should be given an opportunity. He has a first class average of 51 and has 13 first class centuries. Ideal player to replace Mahela.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 13, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Great cricketer his services in cricket absolutely entertainment for whole world lots of best wishes from Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    one of the very best in last 15 years......i am going to miss his batting a lot...like i miss ponting

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | August 13, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Good gesture by Mathews...... Mahela will be surely missed & wish he ends his test career with an memorable century in his last innings @ SSC and secure a 60+ test batting average !!!! We all want a memorable match + a great farewell !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Best wishes for this great Sri Lankan cricketer. He have and has done great service for cricket of SL. since he took the captaincy it was new chapter for Sri Lanka.,he change how good all lankans played cricket and has been revolution for little island. All I could say Thank you for the bottom of my heart !!!

  • POSTED BY Chathuritha on | August 13, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Dear Mahel. You are a Great entertainer. What you done the bat cannot be replaced for long time. Wish you all the best in the ODI format. We will miss you so much. Guys (Sri Lankan team) want some this special for this SPECIAL MAN MAHELA…

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | August 13, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Can SL fan let me know who will be ideal replacements for Mahela and Sanga? I see that no one have grabbed Dilshan's spot 100% yet, so who will claim stakes when these two depart?

  • POSTED BY DeathHawk on | August 13, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Most, if not all, Sri Lankan's are going to miss Mahela in whites. A wonderful talented cricketer who's record does not do justice to his impact on the team and the game.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    An absolute legend of the game. Hats off to you Mahela, SL cricket will be poorer without you. I wish you all the best in the second innings of life.

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  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    An absolute legend of the game. Hats off to you Mahela, SL cricket will be poorer without you. I wish you all the best in the second innings of life.

  • POSTED BY DeathHawk on | August 13, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Most, if not all, Sri Lankan's are going to miss Mahela in whites. A wonderful talented cricketer who's record does not do justice to his impact on the team and the game.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | August 13, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Can SL fan let me know who will be ideal replacements for Mahela and Sanga? I see that no one have grabbed Dilshan's spot 100% yet, so who will claim stakes when these two depart?

  • POSTED BY Chathuritha on | August 13, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Dear Mahel. You are a Great entertainer. What you done the bat cannot be replaced for long time. Wish you all the best in the ODI format. We will miss you so much. Guys (Sri Lankan team) want some this special for this SPECIAL MAN MAHELA…

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Best wishes for this great Sri Lankan cricketer. He have and has done great service for cricket of SL. since he took the captaincy it was new chapter for Sri Lanka.,he change how good all lankans played cricket and has been revolution for little island. All I could say Thank you for the bottom of my heart !!!

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | August 13, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Good gesture by Mathews...... Mahela will be surely missed & wish he ends his test career with an memorable century in his last innings @ SSC and secure a 60+ test batting average !!!! We all want a memorable match + a great farewell !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    one of the very best in last 15 years......i am going to miss his batting a lot...like i miss ponting

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 13, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Great cricketer his services in cricket absolutely entertainment for whole world lots of best wishes from Pakistan

  • POSTED BY kalpanapanditha on | August 13, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Thirimanne and Chandimal are most likely to replace Sangakkara and Mahela in ODIs and in test matches I believe Roshane Silva should be given an opportunity. He has a first class average of 51 and has 13 first class centuries. Ideal player to replace Mahela.

  • POSTED BY on | August 13, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    OMG.. the end of SL Cricket as we know it!!! :O... that should answer your question @CricketMaan.

    Anyways.. There will be someone new. They wont replace any body. They'll just have to develop their own brand of cricketing identity. Like Mathews has done, and like the others have done.

    You can't expect to replicate the same players.

    Anyway. As always Andrew.. great article!.. you gotta change the date though. Your 2008 is shown as 20,008.

    :)