Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, 5th day August 18, 2014

Emotional Mahela remembers the good times

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"It's been an emotional day but I promise I won't cry," were Mahela Jayawardene's first words when he took the podium following his final Test. His voice cracked on occasion. Sadness was writ on his face. But most memories of his final day in Tests will be happy ones. Sri Lanka had swept the series "for Mahela", fans had shown up in force, and the institutions that had helped make him - Nalanda College and SSC - were present in numbers to celebrate his final moments as a Test cricketer.

Jayawardene thanked his school and club following the match, as well as Sri Lanka Cricket, team-mates, family members and fans. He spoke lightheartedly about not pursuing a life in politics following retirement, largely because his wife would kick him out if he did. He joked about his tussles with media and the board over the years as well.

But his most sentimental words were about the fans who have supported him, and the faded Sri Lanka cap that has been his companion for 15 years. "My most valued day in Tests is the day I got my cap," Jayawardene said. "To walk into that dressing room and be with that group of players on Test debut, and to receive my cap from captain Arjuna Ranatunga, with all the other guys being there - it was probably the best day in my life, and something I will never forget.

"I've stitched up this cap and managed to wear it for a long time. It's been with me for almost 15 years now - the first few years we had a different cap. It will go in my trophy cabinet, right at the top. I've already planned that. You can't even touch Sanga's cap, it's in such a bad state, but he still plays with it. I feel very honoured to wear it. It's not easy to let it go, but there will be a lot of young talent waiting to wear this cap, and that's a great thing. I'm still wearing it on my head, because it's the last time I can do that."

Among the highlights of Jayawardene's Test career are his 19 century stands with close friend Kumar Sangakkara. In their last partnership, they made 107 to help set up a competitive target for Pakistan. Sangakkara was dismissed first, hitting Saeed Ajmal to short leg.

"I really value my friendship with Kumar. It's something that has been built over a long time. When we play together, we've done it with a lot of enjoyment. In that last innings, when Sanga got out, I did feel quite sad. That was our last innings in Tests. But we both know that we've only got a short time left in the game. I'm very happy that I got to play with him for such a long time. Out of players that I've seen over the past six years, he's the no. 1 batsman. As a friend I'm so proud of what he has achieved."

Jayawardene said the away Test victories - particularly the recent win at Headingley, and the victory in Durban in 2012 - were the sweetest of his career. Although he allowed his average to slip below 50 in his final Test, the team's victory was more important, he said.

"Coming into this game, I was pretty determined to try and keep my average up over 50 - that was one of my challenges. Unfortunately it didn't happen. I can't lament on that, and it's not something that I will lose sleep on."


Jayawardene has been an advocate for developing young talent in the latter half of his career, and suggested he would be keen to work with players in the Sri Lanka school cricket system, of which he had been a successful product. Several Sri Lanka players now vie to replace him in the XI, but whoever takes his place must be given time and trust in order to succeed, Jayawardene said.

"If you take a player like Angelo Mathews, he has been able to play six or so years, and now he's successful. Some players can have ups and downs, but we need to be patient with them. Some players maybe haven't coped mentally, but they have time to correct those things. We have a lot of faith in the players that are there now, and that's why we give them a lot of encouragement."

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

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  • THEBEAST7 on August 21, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Thank you Mahela! Great sportsman and a greater human being.

  • on August 20, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Sad day for Cricket...the batting maestro with a silken touch bids adieu...!!!

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on August 19, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Thanks mahela!!! I have been so critical on you since you have not achived much in the alien conditions but know the respect that you have am really saluting your calibre!!! Such a great man...indian fan

  • on August 19, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    18th August 2014 Life goes on, people come and go. We're happy when they come, sad when they leave. LEGENDS (People who means something to us) - Rare species, they don't come always, they come into our lives, finds a place in our heart where they will be forever, they are the people who will make us happy, make us smile, make us proud. Even when they leave, they NEVER leave our hearts, because that's how special they are to us. Mahela Jayawardena - You are one (LEGEND). You're immortal. Your legacy will live on, I promise. The things you did for the country, the things you did for us, the smiles you gave, tears of joy you gave us, WE OWE YOU !!! You are the best captain I have seen, the way you guide our team, it's just amazing, it's like you are dragging them forward, it's like you're carrying those 10 men on your shoulders and the rest of 20 million watching. You're always positive in tough situation, you just want to win no matter what comes your way.... (I cnt wrt mr, nly 1000 wrds

  • Mutukisna on August 19, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    What a great servant of Sri Lankan Cricket! A joy to watch from his early teenage age to his retirement from Tests yesterday. A brilliant batsman and an astute captain with no comparison. A great partner, teammate and friend to Sangakkara. A mentor, inspiration and guide to his younger colleagues. In today's Daily Telegraph, the former cricketer and now writer Steve James makes this tribute, an extract of which I reproduce to sum up Mahela's prowess at the art of batting. "It is without hesitation that I declare him the most elegant batsman I have seen in my time playing and watching the game". And he heads the article "Oh, to have batted like cricket's Adonis". What a tribute (or epitaph, although not on a tombstone) to one of Sri Lanka's and the World's greatest cricketers.

  • on August 19, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Sri Lanka cricket will do well not to loose such a great national treasure, they could appoint him as the team mentor, that way he will remain with the team as a non-playing member, get involved in team meetings and motivation exercises, he could also continue to offer guidance to Angelo and the team. Over to you Upali Dharmadasa.

  • THEBEAST7 on August 19, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    @ Malik_Murad: You can say that again and again and again and again and AGAIN....

  • first_slip on August 19, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    @deadite11 o, Dreams are free mate, keep dreaming

  • Malik_Murad on August 19, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    The best part of Mahela is that despite of his great performances, he is still down to earth and very humble. Great Man!

  • on August 19, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Outstanding professional. Played with all class and none of that ego that surrounds so many others.. Will miss you Mahela. not many left like you.

  • THEBEAST7 on August 21, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Thank you Mahela! Great sportsman and a greater human being.

  • on August 20, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Sad day for Cricket...the batting maestro with a silken touch bids adieu...!!!

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on August 19, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Thanks mahela!!! I have been so critical on you since you have not achived much in the alien conditions but know the respect that you have am really saluting your calibre!!! Such a great man...indian fan

  • on August 19, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    18th August 2014 Life goes on, people come and go. We're happy when they come, sad when they leave. LEGENDS (People who means something to us) - Rare species, they don't come always, they come into our lives, finds a place in our heart where they will be forever, they are the people who will make us happy, make us smile, make us proud. Even when they leave, they NEVER leave our hearts, because that's how special they are to us. Mahela Jayawardena - You are one (LEGEND). You're immortal. Your legacy will live on, I promise. The things you did for the country, the things you did for us, the smiles you gave, tears of joy you gave us, WE OWE YOU !!! You are the best captain I have seen, the way you guide our team, it's just amazing, it's like you are dragging them forward, it's like you're carrying those 10 men on your shoulders and the rest of 20 million watching. You're always positive in tough situation, you just want to win no matter what comes your way.... (I cnt wrt mr, nly 1000 wrds

  • Mutukisna on August 19, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    What a great servant of Sri Lankan Cricket! A joy to watch from his early teenage age to his retirement from Tests yesterday. A brilliant batsman and an astute captain with no comparison. A great partner, teammate and friend to Sangakkara. A mentor, inspiration and guide to his younger colleagues. In today's Daily Telegraph, the former cricketer and now writer Steve James makes this tribute, an extract of which I reproduce to sum up Mahela's prowess at the art of batting. "It is without hesitation that I declare him the most elegant batsman I have seen in my time playing and watching the game". And he heads the article "Oh, to have batted like cricket's Adonis". What a tribute (or epitaph, although not on a tombstone) to one of Sri Lanka's and the World's greatest cricketers.

  • on August 19, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Sri Lanka cricket will do well not to loose such a great national treasure, they could appoint him as the team mentor, that way he will remain with the team as a non-playing member, get involved in team meetings and motivation exercises, he could also continue to offer guidance to Angelo and the team. Over to you Upali Dharmadasa.

  • THEBEAST7 on August 19, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    @ Malik_Murad: You can say that again and again and again and again and AGAIN....

  • first_slip on August 19, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    @deadite11 o, Dreams are free mate, keep dreaming

  • Malik_Murad on August 19, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    The best part of Mahela is that despite of his great performances, he is still down to earth and very humble. Great Man!

  • on August 19, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Outstanding professional. Played with all class and none of that ego that surrounds so many others.. Will miss you Mahela. not many left like you.

  • THEBEAST7 on August 19, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    All the best Mahiya, You are a true legend on the ground. Off of it you are a true gentleman. I had the honor of serving you once when you visited where I work and I made a mistake while serving your order. I thought that was the end of my hotel career but you just simply said "not to worry". If you did complain that day, It would have definitely been the last day of my hotel life as I was a trainee back then. (2007 to be exact)

    Not many cricketers would have done that. I, WE will miss you in tests but you will entertain us in ODIs. ALL THE BEST MAHIYA....

    Dear Anji and Sri Lankan team, You guys sis it once for Sanga and Mahiya, Please do it again in 2015. Win the world cup to pay tribute to these 2 legends.

  • partha19 on August 19, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Srilanka … most underrated cricket team.. Can you believe this Angelo Mathews having the highest average as captain who have played more than 20 tests (as captain)….Sanga averaging around 60 with 37 centuries at 37 still going stronger…Herath more than 250 scalps in 56 tests with 20 fifers ..classy Mahela will end his career with handsome career avg of just below fifty with 34 centuries and over 200 catches ( very imp catches esp when u see indian slip fielders failing to hold any catches which cost them the series )…

  • on August 19, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Mahela, a king and gentleman!

  • on August 19, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Well Done a truly great Batsman Thank you for what you give the world as a cricketer

  • on August 19, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    I remember seeing Mahela in London in 1998 at the Oval test where Sri Lanka swept away England by 10 wickets. He did not score many runs, but got out to a catch in the gully driving away from well outside the off stump. I also with my colleagues had the occasion to fete the Sri Lanka team on two occasions, just after the completion of ODI series where Sri Lanka won the triangular with South Africa and England followed by the Oval test. Now in Sri Lanka had the occasion to see him part after being member of the winning side. In my meeting with him in London, I found him to be quite unassuming young man eager to keep moving up, and that is exactly what he did, become a renowned cricketer and a very good human being. i wish him all the best in future endeavors.

  • binkuvarghese88 on August 19, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Wat to say , such a sad moment for all cricket lovers ! We are really gonna missh this champ, especially his beautiful drives and those cheeky late cuts. Adieu MJ27

  • deadite11 on August 19, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Mahela had done good job for the team, but after him and sanga, surely SL will struggle what now India has. And As an Indian, i feel sorry for the Pakistan side to lose. But well played Pakistan!

  • Udendra on August 19, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    Coming back to caps, wonder if it's only the SL players who rarely change their caps? Or is it a common thing? I think it depends on the individual.

  • Udendra on August 19, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    What? is he telling us to be patient with Thirimanne?

  • handlingtheball on August 19, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    What a great career Mahela has to go down as one of the greats if not the greatest SL player, great technique and great to watch and very positive considering the limitations he had at his disposal which is always good to see a captain like that!

  • katch47 on August 19, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    One of the timely retirements of modern era I should say. Adam Gilchrist's retirement in 2008 is the best of all timely retirements. Most of the players modern era wait until their CB's to impose pressure on their retirement but Mahela, this one is superbly timed like you always does. Once you retire from ODIs could you consider about taking up the national head coach position?

  • on August 19, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    A depature of a legend is unbearable. But We cannot say that SL is having lack of talent players, mahela came to replace of Aravinda de silva's foot and he succeeded and another one will come and fill this place it is a matter of time but not impossible. we miss u lot Mayya, in my time the Best Skipper I have ever seen

  • on August 19, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    2015 world cut is for you two Mahela and Sanga. Congratulation for your future

  • Gloryof96 on August 19, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    Thanks MJ .... now enjoy your retirement. For sure, your trademark front foot cover drive, glorious inside-out shot and that gentle late tickle to 3rd man boundary will surly be missed.

    For those people who are worried about SL's future, don't worry, be happy!

    They said the same thing when Arjuna, Arvinda, Sanath, Marvan, Murali, Vass retired, the next set of incoming players took SL to the next level. One thing I can be proud of SL is natural born cricketing talent, just like in Pak and WI and it's not limited to a few. SL has a great squad and a great lot of backup players. Other than Sri Lankans, not many around the world would have herd of Niroshan Dickwella. To be honest, there are more Dickwellas in waiting.

    If this FTP is true, I assure you SL will be in the top 2 of each format for the next 4/5 years and in this time, Mattews will show that he will be one of the best ever test captains test cricket has ever seen.

  • Sexysteven on August 19, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    Sounds like Mahela has had a great send off he will be missed cos I don't see many young players coming through once sanga goes the only classy player Sri Lanka will have is Angelo Mathews that is Abig worry for Sri Lanka the lack of talent coming through or if there is they ain't getting the opportunities to play for me you have to get rid of thirimanne he's useless chandimal prob has to comeback and find some other young players

  • VinothSam on August 19, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    He proved the world that cricket is a gentlemen's game. Happy retirement mate. It's hard to see Maiya leaving the team but I'm sure he will be there for the team whenever we need him.

  • on August 19, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    Thank you Mahela for all the entertainment you gave us as a top player and undoubtedly you were the best captain of Sri Lanka.

  • on August 19, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    Nice comments from Mahela Jayawardene. It shows that a man can be an excellent player as he is and still remain humble. His praise of Kumar Sangakkara is the stuff of legends. He'll be missed for the fine sportsman he is.

  • MH19 on August 19, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    Once Jayawardane finish his world cup for SL he should be either given the head of SLC or Chairman of Selection taking over from Jayasuriya which will make our cricket future looking bright and Mahela have tatsed it, done it and knows how to do it.Or we must make Sanath Head of SLC and Mahela chairman of selectors

  • on August 19, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    Thanks for what you've done for Sri Lanka, not only as a cricketer, but as an ambassador! Happy retirement, Mahela, you are a legend!

  • KingPower on August 18, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    What a Class Act! Sri Lanka can show the world that we possess not just Talent but also Character.......In the final analysis, Character, is far more important than winning.......Mahela will always be one of the Greatest! Thank you for your Superhuman batting at the 2011 World Cup Final!

  • on August 18, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    Mahela I am lost for words coz you are retiring from test cricket. You and Sanga both true gems of Srilanka cricket and I am not sure we will get another of these caliber players from the serendib although Mathews is showing promise and hope for us. I wish you good luck from bottom of my heart and will be able to see you in Sydney for the world cup. Please if you and Sanga can meet the Srilanka fans at Sydney would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again Maiya

  • on August 18, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    True class, an example on and off the field. All the best for the future. Salute from S.A.

  • on August 18, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Mahela,

    Thank you so much for what you have done for SL Cricket. Your authentic cover drives, deft touches will be missed. Mostly, your presence will be hugely missed by the boys in dressing room to give them confidence and encouragement.Glad you will be around till WC 2015. Hope you will have a good send off in ODI too with the WC trophy. Thank you for been such a good role model for youngsters. Wish you all the very best in what ever you may take up!!!

    Hasitha.

  • takingguard on August 18, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Mahela....You are one of the greatest cricketer from Srilanka. You are a TRUE legend and we are all fortunate to see you, sachin, lara, ponting and mark waugh play in the same era. Sad that you retired but am sure we would see you play some format of this lovely game. All the best for your other part of life :-) cheerio....from an Indian fan and one of the millions of fans you have around the world.

  • wolf777 on August 18, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Good player and a great person...I am an India fan; however, whenever I have watched him play, he has always come across as a gentlemen...

  • abherath on August 18, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    Mahela is - I am sad to use the form "has been" - a unique combination of talent, class, leadership and personality. That determined, confident and dependable look about him will be sadly missed by cricket lovers. I am sure that there will be other greats in future Sri Lankan cricket but Mahela will never be forgotten. I am so thankful to you Mahela, for what you have done for our country and for cricket.

  • amilag on August 18, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Love your cricket sir! Wonderful class player.we will definitely miss u in test cricket...

  • on August 18, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    i wish all success full future to my Favorite cricketer mahela. thanks so much what you done for srlankan cricket.you are one of kind and having good behaviors cricketer in the world.good luck sanjeewa from Dubai

  • VenkyN on August 18, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Well played Mahela. You were the Mark Waugh of subcontinental cricket, truly as much a batting great as he was. And you certainly provided the same amount of entertainment with your silken grace at the crease.

    When legends like you retire, a true cricket fan will always feel sadness regardless of his or her affiliation. And it is so, for this cricket fan from India.

    Here is to wishing you the same grace and class that you showed on the cricket field in whatever you decide to do for the rest of your life.

  • Fan_of_test_cricket on August 18, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Firstly, best wishes to Mahela and congratulations to him on a fantastic cricket career. It feels nostalgic to see all these good old classy cricketers of the last 2 decades retire one by one. In just the last 3 years or so, we have seen Rahul Dravid, Sanath Jayasuriya, Sachin Tendulkar, Brett Lee, Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, VVS Laxman, Muttiah Muralitharan and now Mahela Jayawardene hang up their cricketing boots. Great childhood memories! I just hope to see Chanderpaul, Sangakkara, Younus Khan & Misbah-ul-Haq playing for some time to come.

  • Barmyfrog on August 18, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    I wish Mahela Jayawardene all the best for his retirement and hope that he will remain actively involved with SL cricket for a long time. I will miss watching him.

  • PravinJP10 on August 18, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    I felt bad when Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid retired from Indian Cricket and I feel sad now when I see Mahela retired from cricket. I admired his gentleness and his stylish play. Such a talented cricketer with positive attitude. He was the Rahul Dravid of SL team for over a decade now. Wishing you all the very best. Good luck with the family life. Cheers and love from an Indian fan. SL and world cricket will miss a great player...,

  • Coolcapricorn on August 18, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Best wishes on his retirement - from an Indian fan. He has been a consummate professional & a player of sublime batting skills.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on August 18, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Another legend hangs up his boots. Sanga and Chanderpaul are now the last survivors of the generation that graced the game in the late 90s/ early 2000s.

  • Master_Mihil on August 18, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Mahela was spot on..The reason Sri lanka could always punch above weight was due to the trust we keep on our players. Our talent pool is limited so we have no other option but go with the best we currently have More often than not these gambles pay off. I still remember how sangakkara was criticized for his bad wicket keeping and not great batting, and how mahela was criticized for his lack of runs although he was technically sound. We still had faith in them and they upheld our faith.

  • on August 18, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    @Ksquared I know what you mean!! Time has certainly flown away!! I remember when Mahela toured Australia for the first time in 1998/99 for the one day series involving Australia and England. He scored a memorable 120 in Adelaide against England, he had some luck but he showed his class and talent that day. I also remember seeing him for the first time in an ODI match against England in Sydney that same season. Boy what a test player though!! People will always say his record outside Sri Lanka is poor and there is no denying that, but everyone has a weakness. But to score over 11 000 runs in test cricket is no mean feat!! The man has class and talent!! Good luck Mahela in the next phase of your life!! We still got you for the ODIs!!

  • FlatTrakBully on August 18, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Good Player..Unfortunate to go at this time when sanga is still playing.

  • on August 18, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    so much love for mahela....watching him since childhood....everytime stood as a wall at hard times...can't overlook what u did for ur grt team...love from india...:)

  • on August 18, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    My all time favourite cricketer I thought u would play 1 more match to complete 150 u sacrificed your 50+ average for our country we won't ever forget u coz of your average is just less than 50 so don't worry about u maiya love u wish u all da best for your future

  • DingDong420 on August 18, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    good cricketer

  • on August 18, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    It is indeed a sad day to see Mahela retire from test cricket cz he was my favourite player over the past 15yrs. Everytime he went to bat i would be keeping my fingers crossed hoping that he would do well. There were many times that i had switched off the tv once he got out. His best years were when he was the captain of SL, and even without a shadow of a doubt he was the best captain SL has ever produced. I still reminisce his wonderful knocks from his 167 against NZ at dustbowl in Galle to his 119 to save the test match at Lords. Mahela made his debut when i was a 13yr old schoolboy and has been following him ever since. Its hard a imagine a SL cricket team without mahela. But i wish him best of luck in all his future endeavors.

  • on August 18, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Excellent Cricketer and a humble person... We really miss u ..

  • Anilgaihre88 on August 18, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Amazing era of sirlanka cricket came to end...love from Nepal

  • ksquared on August 18, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    It's amazing how time flies I still remember Mahela coming to the center to join Aravinda against India after Sanath and Mahanama had pounded them into the ground as well as Aravinda and Arjunas classy knocks. I can only imagine how it would have felt playing along side those legends. I don't think that even he imagined that one day he would surpass all of them.

  • TheKeeper on August 18, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Great man, great player. I will never forget the beauty of your batting. Thank you most kindly.

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  • TheKeeper on August 18, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Great man, great player. I will never forget the beauty of your batting. Thank you most kindly.

  • ksquared on August 18, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    It's amazing how time flies I still remember Mahela coming to the center to join Aravinda against India after Sanath and Mahanama had pounded them into the ground as well as Aravinda and Arjunas classy knocks. I can only imagine how it would have felt playing along side those legends. I don't think that even he imagined that one day he would surpass all of them.

  • Anilgaihre88 on August 18, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Amazing era of sirlanka cricket came to end...love from Nepal

  • on August 18, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Excellent Cricketer and a humble person... We really miss u ..

  • on August 18, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    It is indeed a sad day to see Mahela retire from test cricket cz he was my favourite player over the past 15yrs. Everytime he went to bat i would be keeping my fingers crossed hoping that he would do well. There were many times that i had switched off the tv once he got out. His best years were when he was the captain of SL, and even without a shadow of a doubt he was the best captain SL has ever produced. I still reminisce his wonderful knocks from his 167 against NZ at dustbowl in Galle to his 119 to save the test match at Lords. Mahela made his debut when i was a 13yr old schoolboy and has been following him ever since. Its hard a imagine a SL cricket team without mahela. But i wish him best of luck in all his future endeavors.

  • DingDong420 on August 18, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    good cricketer

  • on August 18, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    My all time favourite cricketer I thought u would play 1 more match to complete 150 u sacrificed your 50+ average for our country we won't ever forget u coz of your average is just less than 50 so don't worry about u maiya love u wish u all da best for your future

  • on August 18, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    so much love for mahela....watching him since childhood....everytime stood as a wall at hard times...can't overlook what u did for ur grt team...love from india...:)

  • FlatTrakBully on August 18, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Good Player..Unfortunate to go at this time when sanga is still playing.

  • on August 18, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    @Ksquared I know what you mean!! Time has certainly flown away!! I remember when Mahela toured Australia for the first time in 1998/99 for the one day series involving Australia and England. He scored a memorable 120 in Adelaide against England, he had some luck but he showed his class and talent that day. I also remember seeing him for the first time in an ODI match against England in Sydney that same season. Boy what a test player though!! People will always say his record outside Sri Lanka is poor and there is no denying that, but everyone has a weakness. But to score over 11 000 runs in test cricket is no mean feat!! The man has class and talent!! Good luck Mahela in the next phase of your life!! We still got you for the ODIs!!