Sri Lanka news July 14, 2014

Jayawardene to retire from Tests

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Mahela Jayawardene will retire from Test cricket at the conclusion of the series against Pakistan in August, Sri Lanka Cricket has announced. He will continue to be available for ODI cricket only, having also retired from T20 internationals in April this year.

Jayawardene, 37, has been a cornerstone of the Sri Lanka batting order since his debut against India in 1997, and has amassed 11493 Test runs in his career, which is currently joint-highest for a Sri Lanka batsman alongside Kumar Sangakkara. He has played 145 Tests, and if fit and selected, will finish on 149, at the P Sara Oval match which begins on August 14. Jayawardene has hit 33 hundreds and 48 fifties in 244 innings.

"It was not an easy decision to make given that it has been a great privilege and honour representing my country during the past 18 years," Jayawardene said. "But I believe this is the right time."

Jayawardene has been in good Test-match form in 2014, averaging 75.77 in his six most recent matches. But with no home Tests scheduled for almost a year, and only two Tests in New Zealand remaining before the 2015 World Cup, he had alerted chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya of his wish to walk away from the longest format.

"He called me and said that he wants to play four more matches and retire from Test cricket, concentrating on ODI cricket until the World Cup," Jayasuriya said. "I think he is the best person to judge that. He has given outstanding service to Sri Lankan cricket, and is now giving a youngster a chance to come in and play Test cricket."

Jayawardene also led the Sri Lanka team from 2006 to 2009, and again for 12 months from early 2012 to 2013. His first captaincy stint was among Sri Lanka's most successful stretches of Test cricket, as the team won 15 of 28 matches and lost only seven. Renowned for his aggressive, innovative strategy, Jayawardene is regarded as one of Sri Lanka's best leaders, and perhaps the team's best tactician. He has played in 56 Test victories in all.

Among the most remarkable statistics of his career is his home average of 61.12, and his exploits in Sri Lanka have been key to his team's success at home since the turn of the century. Many of his best innings have come on bone-dry surfaces, where other batsmen have been unsuccessful. An excellent technique against spin bowling and a sharp cricket mind have been major themes in his cricket, and have seen him play match-defining innings, particularly in low-scoring games.

Jayawardene has hundreds against every Test side, and in every Test-playing country apart from South Africa, where he has struggled most. His away average of 41.50, and his modest returns on faster, bouncier surfaces have been the major criticisms leveled at his cricket. He has, however, had some success in England, where he has two hundreds at Lord's. Jayawardene hit 174 runs at 43.50 in his most recent series in England.

He has also excelled as a slip fielder throughout his career, sitting third on the all-time catches list, with 197 takes. He has been particularly sharp while fielding to spin bowling, with the Muttiah Muralitharan-Jayawardene partnership the most prolific bowler-fielder combination in Test history. He has completed catches more regularly than the other four fielders in the Test top five, with an average 0.75 catches per innings.

Apart from holding the Sri Lankan record for most runs, most catches and most Tests, Jayawardene has also made the highest score by a Sri Lankan - his 374 against South Africa in 2006. A still presence at the crease, and blessed with strong, supple wrists, Jayawardene is also known as one of the game's foremost stylists, with strokes all around the wicket, both classical and modern.

He had also been perhaps the most popular schoolboy cricketer of the 90s, for Nalanda College. He leaves the game in 2014 as a Sri Lankan great.

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

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  • Sooraj4cricket on July 14, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Stylish, Graceful, Elegant, Right-handed and Sri Lankan - a simple,but most fitting way to describe a charismatic talisman from the little island. A wonderful timer of the cricket ball, he was an artist with overflowing class. In many ways a complete opposite of his brother-in-arm Sangakkara, they formed the most prolific partnership for Sri Lanka and, stats-wise, in the history of cricket too. While Sangakkara was the toiler and grinder, Mahela made the art of batting look ridiculously easy. But they formed the cornerstone for many a success the Lankans have enjoyed in the past. His astute captaincy skills were also incredible as was his ability to motivate the youngsters within the team. A wonderful character, his presence was a sight for sore eyes. When one might look back upon his wonderful career, there might be a myriad things to look upon, but the way he bore the weight of expectations of his nation sets,him amongst the legends of the game.

  • ram91106 on July 14, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Four more innings from the Sri Lankan Silken Steel... It has always been a pleasure to watch Jaya bat....the Maestro to Sanga's Technician....The Sirius Black to the other's Remus Lupin... though he caused us Indians the most grief in Tests and even panic during the World Cup finals he will always be remembered as a great player of the game and above all a great human...easy-going,charming yet uncompromising on core values...He was to you what Laxman was to us...Let us celebrate his achievements and look forward to his final four innings instead of slagging him as usual as has been the wont of concerned Sri Lankans and gloating people from other countries...Au Revoir Mahela!!!

  • Maliduke on July 18, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Ya we will miss his grace pleasantness and sure joy of watching him. Good luck to him for his future.

  • IsuruMS on July 17, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    The best cricketer i have ever seen. My hero is retiring and now is the best time to do so. If i rank him from my heart he will be the first surpassing even sachin tendulcar as mahela gave the team the best at the needy. He carried the burden of reconstructing a ruined innings has not been done by any great name in the long list. But mahela didd it. That us why he is the first. If i rank all time greats from not my heart there will only be at maxumum two or three beyind his name. Farewell mahela. Best of luck from your best fan.

  • Chn2 on July 17, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    Mahela has been classic batter right through his career. Probably the best leader of Srilankan cricket & one of the best in world cricket. Perfect man to be in slip. Cought almost everything which has been edged by Murali.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on July 16, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    @ vinjoy But the stats say the otherwise...According to statguru, dravid has failed miserably in 2007, 2008, 2010 & can't 2009 as he played only 6 matches on FLAT indian decks...looks like you are one of those one eyed dravid fan!!!

  • gautm on July 16, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    Ha Ha.. The home conditions bully finally calls it a day.. Was all at sea throughout his career in overseas conditions...

  • on July 15, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    MJ truly a legend better than any other player. Your captaincy and batting techniques are in pure class which we cannot be seen from players like tendulkar.. MJ simply the BEST cricketer whole world..

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on July 15, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I think he choose wrong format to retire. He has another 2 years in test cricket while win 1 test match against Pak and solid contribution against 2nd Eng match. But in ODI's he is so inconsistent average lower than mediocre all rounder. So it's time to change the decision to retire ODI cricket while keep playing Test another 1-2 years

  • on July 15, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    we really going to miss him. great job Mahela you set a example for all. you 2 has prove the rest of the world what our country standard when no one gave us chance. I think you deserve finish with 150 matches. all the best . I hope this will help you concentrate on ODI and performed well in 2015 WC.

  • Sooraj4cricket on July 14, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Stylish, Graceful, Elegant, Right-handed and Sri Lankan - a simple,but most fitting way to describe a charismatic talisman from the little island. A wonderful timer of the cricket ball, he was an artist with overflowing class. In many ways a complete opposite of his brother-in-arm Sangakkara, they formed the most prolific partnership for Sri Lanka and, stats-wise, in the history of cricket too. While Sangakkara was the toiler and grinder, Mahela made the art of batting look ridiculously easy. But they formed the cornerstone for many a success the Lankans have enjoyed in the past. His astute captaincy skills were also incredible as was his ability to motivate the youngsters within the team. A wonderful character, his presence was a sight for sore eyes. When one might look back upon his wonderful career, there might be a myriad things to look upon, but the way he bore the weight of expectations of his nation sets,him amongst the legends of the game.

  • ram91106 on July 14, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Four more innings from the Sri Lankan Silken Steel... It has always been a pleasure to watch Jaya bat....the Maestro to Sanga's Technician....The Sirius Black to the other's Remus Lupin... though he caused us Indians the most grief in Tests and even panic during the World Cup finals he will always be remembered as a great player of the game and above all a great human...easy-going,charming yet uncompromising on core values...He was to you what Laxman was to us...Let us celebrate his achievements and look forward to his final four innings instead of slagging him as usual as has been the wont of concerned Sri Lankans and gloating people from other countries...Au Revoir Mahela!!!

  • Maliduke on July 18, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Ya we will miss his grace pleasantness and sure joy of watching him. Good luck to him for his future.

  • IsuruMS on July 17, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    The best cricketer i have ever seen. My hero is retiring and now is the best time to do so. If i rank him from my heart he will be the first surpassing even sachin tendulcar as mahela gave the team the best at the needy. He carried the burden of reconstructing a ruined innings has not been done by any great name in the long list. But mahela didd it. That us why he is the first. If i rank all time greats from not my heart there will only be at maxumum two or three beyind his name. Farewell mahela. Best of luck from your best fan.

  • Chn2 on July 17, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    Mahela has been classic batter right through his career. Probably the best leader of Srilankan cricket & one of the best in world cricket. Perfect man to be in slip. Cought almost everything which has been edged by Murali.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on July 16, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    @ vinjoy But the stats say the otherwise...According to statguru, dravid has failed miserably in 2007, 2008, 2010 & can't 2009 as he played only 6 matches on FLAT indian decks...looks like you are one of those one eyed dravid fan!!!

  • gautm on July 16, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    Ha Ha.. The home conditions bully finally calls it a day.. Was all at sea throughout his career in overseas conditions...

  • on July 15, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    MJ truly a legend better than any other player. Your captaincy and batting techniques are in pure class which we cannot be seen from players like tendulkar.. MJ simply the BEST cricketer whole world..

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on July 15, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I think he choose wrong format to retire. He has another 2 years in test cricket while win 1 test match against Pak and solid contribution against 2nd Eng match. But in ODI's he is so inconsistent average lower than mediocre all rounder. So it's time to change the decision to retire ODI cricket while keep playing Test another 1-2 years

  • on July 15, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    we really going to miss him. great job Mahela you set a example for all. you 2 has prove the rest of the world what our country standard when no one gave us chance. I think you deserve finish with 150 matches. all the best . I hope this will help you concentrate on ODI and performed well in 2015 WC.

  • on July 15, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Thank you Legend! You will be missed.

  • HennopsRiverEnd on July 15, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    A classical batsman. World cricket is losing another big one. Good luck Mahela!

  • Cricket_gods_of_Nalanda on July 15, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    A Poem for Mahela

    The way he plays the game, I wish it could be me. But the fact of the matter is His name is Mahela J.

    His future had been decided it was written in the stars. Where had this lad come from the greatest cricketing school on earth?

    Born and raised in Colombo A Nalandian at heart His talent on the cricket pitch is like a work of art!

    Why am I so proud? oh..yes, he's one of ours!

    By - A Very Proud Nalandian

  • on July 15, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    At his best he was a great player. But like all things being impermanent even Mahela's form cannot stay for ever. But he served both Sri Lanka and cricket well and probably the best captain since 1982. Also you have to accept that in cricket too there is need for succession planning and Career Pathing. So right thing to do and let selectors do the succession planning and career pathing of the young blokes. But my worry is are the selectors aware of the mechanisms involved in both succession planning and career pathing? Lanks success in future will depend on those two management principles.

  • on July 15, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Its sad to see such a gentlemen retire from sri lankan cricket.not only he is one one of the greats of sri lankan cricket he represents the gentlemen s game in the highest possible way for all youngsters to follow.hats off to you Mahela you been a great ambassador of the game.

  • Vuhb on July 15, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    I just checked MJ's and KS's stats and both are at 11493 runs!

  • vinjoy on July 15, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    @ITJOBSUCKS: For your comment on 'Dravid became a walkign wicket..." that is why he retired immeidately inspite of having a record year in WI, Eng and then again WI. You should have taken the example of Tendulkar who did not score a test 100 in last 3 years of cricket and prolonged his career for records and milestones!

  • Vilander on July 15, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Absolute peach to look at , pretty pretty batsman. Best of luck to go past Dravid in your final four..Sach,Sanga,Dravid,Jayawardene four of SC's elite in one class of their own. Gave a lot of angst to us Indian fans in his time. Hopefully comes back to IPL.

  • on July 15, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    I think Jayawardene's best record is against poor pakistani team who never finded a way beat the islanders

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on July 15, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    mahela and sanga are kings.nothing to say, he has played some finest innings...best of luck mahela for your future endeavours..from an indian fan

  • on July 15, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    few words for him, he is a wonderful player, very good charactor, not only SL fans, we Pakistani fans also miss him in ground..

  • Sunil_Syd on July 15, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Yes I agree with Desmond Silva. He should continue to play test cricket and retire from ODIs. He plays ODIs like test cricke.t

  • ajmaldomintesswann on July 15, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Great career but to be honest,mediocre teams like india,zimbabwe and bangladesh helped boosting his test average.otherwise a stylish and classy batsman.

  • anunata on July 15, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    you need 14 more catches to break the world record, wish you could break that in next four test matches, one of the stylish batsman we gonna miss, i wish u all the best for your future

  • on July 15, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    great cricketer great man

  • on July 15, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    More than test cricket he should retire from odi because he is really out of form and blocking a place for a youngster

  • Cricketluv on July 15, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    If Wordsworth were living he would be writing a poem for which the title would be ' the poem in cricket ', painting in words how this smally build cricketing giant runs to the middle, eyeing ball, cutting the latest cut ever, in-siding out, diving to a catch, and yes, even to 'talk' to the ump. List would not end, -holding the cup, managing the press, and what not, to the perfection that his opposite numbers envied. Thank you Mahela. Thank so much for what you did for the country and the game. - Sudath Liyanage UNIVOTEC Sri Lanka

  • on July 15, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Sad to hear but this the right time for the retirement. Mahela has done a marvelous job for SL Cricket. all the best, Maiya!!

  • on July 15, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    great player & great cricketer to serve srilankan cricket. great salute to you. Amit.

  • on July 15, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Good decision. But a little late. He has impeded Sri lanka's progress for about 2 years. Finally he has decided to leave.

  • Maqsood_aalam on July 15, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Mahela, If you were in any other team, you were retired 3 years earlier probably like Samaraweera. Nevertheless welcomed decision though it is late. Sri Lankan pitches & opponents like BD, PAK, ZIM made positive impact on your batting average. You are legend for your national cricket fans who'll probably miss your national duty. But I like your self decision to call. I hope Sanga will also understand this. Both of you are best batsmen after Samaraweera in SL's last 15 years. All the best wishes to your second inning of life.

  • on July 15, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    He should have retired after the 2nd test against SA at SSC so that the replacement will get used to test cricket by playing against Pakistan and will get prepared for the tough New Zealand tests.

  • on July 15, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Great Crickerter, great leader,great ambassador of the country and the game, and even took over SL leadership when leadership was in tatters on behalf of SL cricket and the cricket loving public. The next greatest name in country's history after Arjuna Ranatunga.We thank you Mahela for all your dedication and commitment for the country and you can retire your head high putting country before self as always and a true gentleman.Enjoy the last few series and let the bat do the talking.

  • Marcel_Ci on July 15, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    a bit more stylish than mark waugh, a bit more temperamental than dravid, a bit more leader than ricky ponting. simply mahela is the best cricketer in last 15 years.

  • on July 15, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Agree with someone who said Mahela is an artist and Sangakkara is an engineer in batting. Sad to see these legends go one by one. But agree with someone who said all good things must come to an end.

  • on July 15, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    A true legend. one of the most stylist in modern cricket........thanks for al the great memories Maiya.....

  • Anil_Koshy on July 15, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    One of the greatest cricketers of all time, he along with Sanga represent the great era of Sri Lankan Cricket, it would be really difficult for the team to replace somebody like Mahela and Sanga

  • John_Geo on July 15, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Though Jayawadene is mostly talked about for his batting, his real strength lies in his cricketing knowledge and leadership. He is a remarkably good reader of the game and also an exceptionally good slip fielder with fast reflexes. In terms of batting, I do not think he was a player capable of performing in all conditions but was a treat to watch when he gets going. His impatience and temperament always got in the way in his batting. When it comes to batting, I would put him behind other Sri Lankan greats such as Roy Dias, Aravinda, Sangakkara, Sidath, and Jayasooriya.

    In my opinion he should have retired at least a year ago. A weakness in Asian players is their inability to differentiate quality from quantity and not knowing the perfect time to quit. It is not the best way to go when most around you want you to - he should have gone while others wish he was still there. Nevertheless, he is a great player, a good tactician, and a sharp cricketing brain. What a contribution he ma

  • on July 15, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    great player.great service to sri lanka..thanks for all the memories

  • MH19 on July 15, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Great Crickerter, great leader,great ambassador of the country and the game, and even took over SL leadership when leadership was in tatters on behalf of SL cricket and the cricket loving public. The next greatest name in country's history after Arjuna Ranatunga.We thank you Mahela for all your dedication and commitment for the country and you can retire your head high putting country before self as always and a true gentleman.Enjoy the last few series and let the bat do the talking.

  • jango_moh on July 15, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    a great player... sad to see one more of the great batsmen retiring... he will be missed.... indian fan!!!

  • Htc-Android on July 15, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Mahela picked the wrong format to retire. His Test match form is okay so far, but his ODI form is horrible. Hope he gets his form back in ODIs.

  • on July 15, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    Its a very sad news but sooner or later, he has to do that (he still good at Tests at least for 2 yrs, but that's his decision). He has brought huge pride to this beautiful nation. His runs in all the formats talk everything and if that's not pleased someone, no-one will please you. He has brought huge success in all formats, it cannot be measured just by runs. While Sri Lanka struggled in post-Dilshan captaincy, only him stood out there and helped Sri Lankan cricket until they got Mathews ready (and still he is the main man helping Mathews on the ground). There are only a very few with 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs, less than no. of fingers, means he is a great batsmen regardless of everything he does as a captain and in off-field for Sri Lankan cricket. He will proudly stay with Murali, Sanath, Aravinda and Sanga as the best cricketers the country ever produced. All the best for his next career !

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on July 15, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    Though incredibly stylish player to watch but has not shown much performance on challenging wickets(Swinging) and against good attacks...He is a SL Legend..But one of the greats or infact the ALL TIME GREAT and STYLISH in FLat tracks....Great Great Great leader and an astute tactician and very very well behaved guy...Sanga is greater than him though...Thanks Mahela..INDIAN FAN

  • Bluebag on July 15, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    A true gentleman, it was always a pleasure to watch him play. As an Aussie fan I can say that throughout the (embarrassing) times when Australia was less than hospitable to Mahela and his team, he was always a class act. Elegant at the crease, he never buckled under the pressure of a nation. Vale Mahela.

  • on July 14, 2014, 23:59 GMT

    Another one of the game's "classic stroke makers" leaving the TEST arena . Sad to see you go , but such is life. GOOD LUCK MAHELA.

  • on July 14, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    @fguy - Disagree with you. Stats along don't justify a player. It's the impact he had on Sri Lankan cricket. Sangakarra and Mahela are definitely Sri Lankan greats of this generation alongside Murali. If not to everyone else, but to Sri Lanka cricket fans, he's a cricketer to look up to. Atleast he's announcing his retirement at a high; unlike many other cricketers who end up dragging themselves and get unnecessarily criticized.

  • akpy on July 14, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    it did not take long for Kays789 to show his class, didn't it? And, no doubt there will be a few more similar intelligent comments. Here is news of a great player retiring and people try to take pot shots and even Mahela would be embarassed. Good luck Mahela for your next 4 tests and well done on your stellar career

  • Desihungama on July 14, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Thank you Mahela for honoring your friends Pakistan Series to be your last. I wish you good luck for the new journey to begin.

  • surgeon101 on July 14, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    So frustrating at times, but so amazing all the time! To me one of the greatest batsmen, fielders and captain of all-time. When in full flight there was no better batsmen, from brutal hits to cow-corner, flowing cover drives and stylish tickles to third man. And most of all, he played the game with dignity, a true global statesman for cricket. One of Sri Lanka's greatest men. Thank you MJ

  • fguy on July 14, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    MJ - the LEGEND who avg's <32 outside Asia in tests (exception of England where he avg's a staggering 35.8) & <33 in odi's overall. by those standards raina & SRJ are on their way to Greatest Of All Time status http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/49289.html?class=1;home_or_away=2;template=results;type=allround

  • Kays789 on July 14, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    What a monumental loss! He had two more years in his tank easily. Quite in contrast to certain other marquee players who hung on way past their sell-by date for the sheer greed of statistical glory. By far the best captain and the most astute cricketing brain SL has ever produced. It was beautiful while it lasted. Just one thing left to do now.. that which you couldn't quite complete in '07 and '11, bring that cup home and a nation will bow down at your feet for untold memories that are just too beautiful and just too heartfelt to describe in words. Thank you MJ! Thank you... for everything.

  • on July 14, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    What a batsman. SL will miss a classy batsman who has contributed consistently over the past 18 years and has given test match and ODI a new perspective. His resilience and temperament are second to none. A saviour for SL and the stats speak for themselves.

  • on July 14, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    We are loosing one more great legend in the cricket history. Thank you Jayawardene for entertaining for 17 years.

  • on July 14, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    best captain ever been in world we'll miss u maiya

  • PROPHESIER on July 14, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Truly a great player, a class act indeed. All cricket fans across the globe will surely miss him.

  • Jerome_M on July 14, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Hats off to Mahela.. He is one of my favourite cricketer and a role model for everyone.. not only in sports but as an individual.. I have admired ever since his debut..

  • LAKINGSFAN on July 14, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Jaya tiger always roared at home. Only 4 centuries in Eng(2), Aus(1), SA(0) and WI(1). Very,very ordinary stats when you compare his home stats.

  • on July 14, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    You have made the right decision at right time Mahela. We know that you have lot more test cricket in you. However, you have to open the door for younger generation that is waiting to perform. You have done your job exceptionally as a player and also as a Captain of the side. When talking about mastering strokes, no one ever play that gliding late cut off the rising ball like you. You have done lot, not only for the cricket in Sri Lanka, but also for the World cricket. Good luck Mahela. I wish you all the best for a bright future with your family. If cricket is theme music, you are the Maestro.

  • ASHISH_RN on July 14, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Excellent player, very good ambassador of the game. Stylish, elegant, tactical. I still remember 2011 World Cup final century.. such a classy player. We will miss you MJ.

  • indianzen on July 14, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    A good batsmen, but let down at times by his attitude and failing against genuine leg spin and good fast bowling...

  • on July 14, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    The best architect of game . very sad movement for all cricket lovers.He supported & served srilankan cricket bottom of his heart..............if he is able to reverse his decision at least for another 3 to 4 years ,it will be treat for every cricket lovers,only the last thing i can express is you are the true soldier of srilankan cricket

  • WTEH on July 14, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Although he started cricket from Nalanda, yes he became a giant, a gentlemen and an excellent sport ambassador to Sri Lanka. We salute you...

  • on July 14, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    A legend and a role model! Happy retirement!

  • on July 14, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    after retirement of srilanka legends aravinda, arjuna ranatunga and roshan mahanama, jayawardene , sangakkara and sanath took the srilankan team to the max hights. Even though they are great individually, but they are known as great team group. salute to all the three for their contributions. it is better to quit before being throuwn out of team

  • on July 14, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    " Renowned for his aggressive, innovative strategy, Jayawardene is regarded as one of Sri Lanka's best leaders, and perhaps the team's best tactician. He has played in 56 Test victories in all. "

    SALUTE YOU MAHELA!!!

  • on July 14, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Can he really do that? OMG that batting line up without Mahela is gonna be really strange. The guy who made us just jump out of our seats with that cover drive even on the most difficult pitches to bat on. The guy who never looked like getting old with his boyish smile and still can field as well as anybody at the age of 37. A true legend of the game, a real stalwart who stood by the team and the country midst many many obstacles. Exemplary cricketer, great statesman. We all will miss DPMD Jayawardane in that line up. Thank you sir for everything you did. You will always be missed til cricket is played and world cricket will be poorer without the great Mahela. Thank you for those outstanding moments of joy.

  • Unmesh_cric on July 14, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    One of my all-time favorite batsmen! A batsman with silken touch and gifted with amazing sense of finding gaps. Apart from being a great batsman, he was one of the best modern-day captains I have seen. Being an Indian fan, I distinctly remember Kumble being out-captained by Mahela in 2008 Test series in Sri Lanka. His use of DRS referrals was spot on, while India wasted a lot of those referrals. India's reluctance with DRS started with that series. He was a pro-active captain and didn't wait for things to happen. Good thing is he is still going to play ODIs. So we will have the pleasure of watching him bat at least in one format.

  • CricketFirst on July 14, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Hats off to MJ for the services he's done for SL cricket. He was an excellent batsman against spin bowling. He is very fluent in shot making who keeps the scoreboard moving without much of an effort. His drives and cut shots are elegant and the late cut & lofted cover drive are his trademark shots.

    He's the best captain SL has produced so far who reads the game well and fight till the end. Generally SL captains are negative, especially in Test cricket and he was the most positive of the lot. Also a very team person who helps youngsters a lot. I salute him for taking this decision now & wish him well for future endeavors.

  • on July 14, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    This is very sad moment. No doubt that this man was a legend in world cricket.. Exceeding more than 10,000 runs in both ODI and test format,what he had done to our country is superb.u r my FAVOURITE player among all the cricketers.. You were a great captain... You were a batsman with proper technics.unlike any-other your commitment towards the uplift of SLC is un parallel. I hope you will do your best in ODI's.. No matter what people say, i still believe you must stay until 2015 WC.. I know you gonna perform well.. We respect you with maximum gratitudes.. Thanks for serving for world cricket..Good luck MJ...

  • Tapcan19 on July 14, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    I definately want to see SL perfomance after Mahela and Kumar...

  • on July 14, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Will truly miss a legend............ whatta player

  • Lion_96 on July 14, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Have to say Im deeply saddened and shocked by this news. I thought his experience in New Zealand later on, in the year would come in handy. All the best MJ, give these last two series your best shot!

  • on July 14, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    is this a wise decision,as we just started doing well in test arena.I wonder why mahela had taken such decision.even y board has accepted it?any how we salute u sir

  • on July 14, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    you are our dream you are very well player in world good bye mahela

  • SLMaster on July 14, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    He served well for SL. I honestly think his time is coming. Sanga has few more years. Good decision instead of waiting to get thrown out. There are few rising players waiting to complete the slot. GOOD LUCK AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THOSE MEMORABLE INNINGS!!!!!!

  • on July 14, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Mahela has been an invaluable cricketer for Sri Lanka for the past 15 years and they will surely miss him after he retires. He has a brilliant record at home, but has often struggled outside of Asia. This is why I can't call him a great. Nevertheless, he led SL to many wins at home and was a terrific player of spin bowling.

  • rajcan on July 14, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Mahlea is a great batsman, but his time has come, he should be retiring from ODI too and letting the team settle down for World cup, it is being too greedy to Play in ODI world cup.

    His ODI record is very poor in the last 25 innings. His record in general against paced, moving and bouncy wickets are very very poor. Considering the ODI world cup is going to be in bouncy and seaming tracks, it is better he retires from ODI.

    SL team persisting with Kushal Perera who is a failure against seaming wickets and under performing Mahela, caused them SA series.

    Thissara is an all rounder, a day he doesn't shine with bat, he can shine with a ball. Kushal is one dimensional player and he has not proven anything in the last 30 ODI innings.

    Second fastest 5000 run scorer in SL history, Upul Tharanaga is out of playing XI, and non-performers are in the line up, shame on SL selection.

  • Tendulkardrives on July 14, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    mahela is pure class, one of the all time greats & greatest srilankan batsman. he was the backbone of sl and a big match player.he is one of the finest captains & a true sportsman. respect from india

  • on July 14, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    I agree Kavum,s one comment, MJ should keep playing Test and retired from one day game. It was proved SA one day series. But I prefer if MJ wants to keep playing one day game he should open with KJP and Dilshan no 3 Sanga no 4. He proved this several times in the past. I wish MJ keep playing Test and One day until 2015 world cup. What a great player going to loose SL.

    Sarath

  • yohandf on July 14, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Today is a dooms day for SL cricket . MAHELA THE GREAT who served us for 18 yrs is going to hang his boots in whites . Not only he being the best captain ,he still unofficially leading the side ( ICC WT20 final , Headingly test day 5 ) .Also one of the best at slips . Not to mention his batting with silky hands . His record speaks for himself but i still believe that he could have done bit more considering the gifted talent he has . ALL GOOD THINGS HAVE AN END ,SO IS MAHELA S CAREER . Expected him to play both ODIs and tests till 2015 WC but he had made a decision while in good form in 2014 ( 6 matches 682 runs @ 75.77 with 2 tons and 3 fifties ) . He knows the best about him and respecting his decision even its an huge loss to SL cricket . But a legend Mahela who inspired a nation should retire on high. Hope he would get as many runs in remaining four matches and walk away on high . I m nt going to miss a single minute of his batting on next 4 matches . VIVA MAIYA .

  • aby_97 on July 14, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    One of the greatest servants of Sri Lankan Cricket in all the formats of the game.A true leader and also inspirational as a player and as an human being.Great decision to end his test career at the right time. #KingMahela

  • citizenkc on July 14, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Sad to lose yet another titan of the game. Jayawardene was a class act, one of those players who are becoming rarer by the minute, capable of playing long innings. He accumulated his runs with style, and like VVS never seemed to hit the ball, but just caress it to the fence. He will be missed by fans not just because of his outstanding talent, but also because of his grace and dignified demeanor. SL will struggle to replace him, just as India will struggle to replace a Dravid or a Tendulkar. Alas, many of the greats are walking into the sunset. Sanga is next. Let us enjoy them while we can!

  • LANKALOVER on July 14, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    A rose is a rose is a rose, rose.......

    A proud servant, no, an artist in SL cricket in particular and the game in general.

    When comes another?

    Lanka Lover/VSK Iyer Chennai - INDIA

  • on July 14, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    Bad new for SL cricket. At least this will mean that Chandimal gets more selection. I fear for the day that Sangakkara retires. Sri Lanka do not have any technically sound batsman of his caliber to replace him. Hopefully Matthew and Chandimal can step up their game. I also hope that KJ Perera can turn into the batsman that most people are hoping he will be

  • on July 14, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    did a great job over 18 years. sl will miss you...., we wish best of luck for you future. at last thank you maiya for what you did for the cricket over a decade. sl will loose their spirit. and it will take a long time to find a replacement for a legend like you ..

  • dmat on July 14, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Good luck Mahela - a great career which brought joy to many (not just Sri Lankans).

  • Rawanaa on July 14, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    MAHELA JAYAWARDENE.. The back bone of the Srilankan cricket team.. one behind in captains... True leader among the leaders... The great tactician..some matches win was no where but this man stood himself & brought victories to Srilanka... Most indians fans are right because if the cricket is an art this great gentleman is the piccaso.. Dont ever compare him with legends.. To us he is always a legend... He is a world worth for us.. Please srilankans don't ever complain about his form because we have no right to ask more from this gentleman.. It is time for stand by him & being energy for him to proper depature...

  • yogicoolboy on July 14, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Srilanka will miss him. He was great batsman

  • on July 14, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Just couldn't hold my tears

  • Kavum on July 14, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Most people want MJ to keep playing tests (if fit) and give up on the one-day game. No one would begrudge MJ playing tests until 38 or 39 years of age. Its the pipe-dream of 2015 that is keeping him hanging on in the ODI format. With Malinga being wildly inconsistent and Sachitra gone for the foreseeable future, SL's chances in 2015 are next to zero. This is so even if they up their fitness levels and fielding from the present abyss. MJ, Sanga and Dilshan cannot win the tournament with their batting. So, a "right" decision for MJ but a wrong one for SL. Oh by the way MJ, you were a wonderful servant of the game and SL cricket etc., etc.

  • 1st_WC_without_Sachin on July 14, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    GREAT, LEGEND, LION, SIR, keep all this words aside, respect the lankan man Mr.Mahela J'weredene. I don't know what you are for lankan cricket, but surely you brighten the world cricket by your fare play... Hope 1 beautiful inning in next 8 games, good luck for rest of life... An Indian fan...

  • Prabhash1985 on July 14, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Such a big hearted human being, with so much love towards the country and next generation to come, I can't think of any other cricketer than Mahela. Hats off to this great man. I always wished he stay in Test cricket at least for two three years. It's very sad to hear. So many things to learn from him. I wish he reconsider his retirement. After the world cup, it's ok to leave ODI, but please play Test for a few more years. We like to see such a great man. A pure man with the fragrance of human qualities! Hats off to this great man!

  • on July 14, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    I think it is time to retire from all the format. Not only test. In one day matches we got much better new players than him. Mahela was a class player he done lot to sri lankan cricket. But his time is finished now. All the best.

  • on July 14, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Mahela.. you have left a drop of tears in many eyes of Srilankans'. As you thought you may be correct and there is a day that every one opted. I feel that there are lot to learn from your cricket to any player in the world. Hope you would not hesitate to help your nation in that technology and wish you good luck..

  • on July 14, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    we are so proud of you ,thank you for the grate service to srilankan cricket

  • on July 14, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    A very special batsman. Amazing grace when he played those copy book drives and pull shots. All the best, Mahela. May the "grace" be with you, forever!

  • Ramansilva on July 14, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Mahela should have retired from ODIs first. His continued presence in the ODI team is a stumbling block for forming a solid team for the World Cup.

  • on July 14, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    one of the great hands. fantastic cutter

  • KingOwl on July 14, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    His subtlety, finesse, style stood out even among the very elite of the sport. Overall, a great contributor to SL cricket in every single aspect of the game imaginable, both on and off the field. SL will miss him, no doubt. Hopefully, he will be there as a selector/ manager because he has those skills in abundance. We are getting to the maturity phase of SLC where we don't need foreigners any more. And I say this, as someone who has said for a long time that SL needed foreign coaches.

  • on July 14, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    You will be Missed Maiya! Classical Batsmen, Fantastic Slip catcher , Outstanding captain and Over all Great Match winner..Hats off to u legend.True Team Man!!! ‪#‎Thankyoumaiya‬

  • on July 14, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Oh It's a sad news.. but i think right decision at right time like most of the time he did for SL Cricket on field.. All the best Maiyya for ur future and Thank u very much.. Still most of the people loves u around the world... Salute for being a great SL Ambassador..

  • on July 14, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    A truly remarkable journey of one of the greatest sportsman of Sri Lanka coming to an end! Surely one of the greats of not just SL cricket, but world cricket! Has to be regarded as equally good a captain as Arjuna, if not better. Arjuna was perhaps a better 'leader' overall when considering his contributions to SL cricket 'outside' of the field as well. But once on the playing field, Mahela was a brilliant captain! Perhaps could have left after SA, thus allowing a younger player to have 2 home matches before NZ. However, leaving at the right time for him!

  • CricketChat on July 14, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Right decision by Mahela. Now, that's sense of timing at its best just like his batting when on song. Won't be surprised if Sangakkara to follows suit as well shortly. If he stays fit, he is an automatic choice for 2015 WC. Would be a great tribute to him and Sanga if SL can win the tournament.

  • on July 14, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene is an iconic figure in SL Cricket and in the world cricket. The era of MJ, Sanga and Dilshan are mired in conflicts with SLC. The true talents and contributions made by this trios post AR/AD era is not properly highlighted.

    MJ deserves the highest honor and more. During the recent tour of England the English commentators lavishly praised MJ and Sanga for the contributions they have mode towards world cricket. The interview with MJ and Sanga after the test series win on "Sky Sports" was a wonderful gesture.

    I hope these noble gentleman MJ and Sanga will be involved not only in the future of Cricket SL but also in making Sri Lanka a better place for all.

  • ramz30380 on July 14, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Well played Mahela! You have been an entertainer all your life, respected in every country, carried the hopes of all SLs on ur shoulders till ur best buddy Sanga joined u at arms. Both Mahela & Sanga had given SLn cricket so much in spite of all the off-field issues with SLC! These two deserve every accolade tht they get and hope tht SLC give them the perfect send-off! Shall miss seeing U on the cricket field and I think tht WC 2015 will be his last appearance in the ODI format as well! Thanks for all the entertainment in the past 18 years! An admirer from India...

  • VK_MSD_IND_Champs on July 14, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Indian Here..If Cricket is an Art, Mahela Jayawardena is the "PICASSO".. He is the most artistic batsman I've ever seen..His methods in manipulating fielders and winning matches from no where,made him the best captain of modern-era..We will miss you Sir..Who can replace those stylish cover drives,and immaculate late cuts you have produced in the cricketting field again?

  • on July 14, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Not a legend or great by any means but a very very good batsman & he had excellent cricket mind, as said he averaged 61 at home, he was good in Asia but he did struggled outside Asia too!! But overall he is the 3rd finest Srilankan batsman after Sanga & PA deSilva

  • on July 14, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    It is indeed a tough decision for Mahela to have made but he has nothing more to prove and he will always be remembered for his classy batting and great leadership in the past decade steering Sri Lanka to reach a level of excellence. Hope he will continue in the shorter version at least till the end of the 50 over World Cup matches

  • sunnyanjaant on July 14, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Hats off to you mahela.it has been a treat watching you.

  • ms2000 on July 14, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Good decision. What a great Player we have seen in our lifetime! Good luck Mahela. Concentrate more on the 1 dayers. show your magic in 2015 WC Good luck and God Bless you

  • jeew1992 on July 14, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    A very, very good batsman who always played with a sense of adventure. The best captain we ever had. Certainly the best tactician. One of the finest stylists of the modern game. As with Laxman, Mahela put his hand up when his team needed it the most. Quite pleased that he has timed his retirement well. So he will finish at 149 Tests. One short of a special milestone. That itself describes the man. Never greedy but always giving so much.

    Thank you Mahela. Thank you for the special memories.

  • DreamCricketer on July 14, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    DreamCricketer: He has been a great cricketer and good decesion. Also I should ask why is he not retirering from oneday cricket because he is failing and he wants to play the world cup in 2015!. He should retire from all foremats no question.

  • on July 14, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    An elegant attacking modern day cricketer who Broke the record Don Bradman's most no of test cricket centuries in a venue. I can never forget his attacking Test century in Gall in two years ago, where batting was almost impossible(in 5th day). May be he is the best player against Spin srilanka has produced. He also holds highest score in a test inning(374) from a srilankan. Anyway there is high time for everything. So, time has come to great Mahela too. Wish you all the best Mahiya. Good luck.

  • on July 14, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    He has done.................more than the country expected from him..............'HATS OFF Mayya''...................... will miss u for sure....in our difficulties.....to winning games in future for sometimes....with your valuable knowledge and the brave tactics.......I want to say a great decision and.......real sportsmanship.......of classy player......Thanks for everything......... but one thing...please don't leave the game......help and be a part of.....the admins.....to re- build a winning combination even in future.......

  • on July 14, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Thaml you Legemd! You will be missed.

  • on July 14, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Good luck To you Mj in the future (Y) .. and Thanks For What you have Given To the Srilankan Cricket!!

  • on July 14, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    sooo sad news for sri lankan fans..........But Hats-off to Mahela what he done to world Cricket.he's a true gentleman of the Cricket !....

  • on July 14, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    this is huge lost of world cricket. we know who is he and the contribution of cricket is unforgettable.....love u from my heart

  • on July 14, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Ohhh dear we expect your duties for at-last one more year.. i hop most of your fans would have experience the tears around corner of eyes and not only from Sri Lanka but all over the world. Challenging the pitch, charging the key opposition bowler, brave to step down for Lee in Australian pitch to dispatch over Mid-wicket, Sending a Standing captain for toss to make sure not to penalized for slow over rate in T20 world cup, Marshalling the ground with unique tactics.. Your memories are incredible for the cricket world.. It is really sad but things have to be move on with the time but we'll be happy to see you still in ODI but that also not for a longer period. We want to see you in other forms in cricket even after rest from the all 3 formats.. Wish you all the best..

  • on July 14, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Thanks for the memories Mahela ! You will be remembered as the greatest captain we've had.

  • on July 14, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    What a Player and Master of playing drive and cut shot or whatever in the CRICKET book. ..... We gonna really miss one of LEGEND .Really miss u SIR , Hats of to u SIR what you have done for SRILANKAN CRICKET. And ending with TEARS....

  • ideal123 on July 14, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Congratulations on a great career Mahela

  • Rick777 on July 14, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    A legend, master tactician & gifted player with a humble attitude & great heart. I wish you all happiness Miya for all what you have given for us & SL. I pray to god to give you one final WC win in 2015.

  • DingDong420 on July 14, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    hasnt deserved a place for a while but nevertheless one of Lankas best ever

  • tanstell87 on July 14, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Indian fan here....another batsmen from my childhood & especially the 90's retires from the game...Mahela was a superb talent...i remember his 100 against England in 1999 tri series in Australia, Sl won...then his 242 against India...he was just unbeatable on that SSC wicket...just like Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman & Sachin retired....its time for Mahela & Sangakarra after Dilshan to go and the hopefully the likes ofKohli, Pujara, Rahane, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Priyanjan will put their teams on top....all the best Mahela & i want you as captain of one of IPL teams next season...

  • on July 14, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    One of the great player that I have ever seen, Thanks Mahela. Yes I think it is the right time to retire. You are a great gentleman. I heard that you will retire from ODI cricket also after the 2015 world cup. I also think it is time to give chance to youngsters like Chandimal. Finally thanks Mahela and wish you all the best to your future.

  • on July 14, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Given his undoubtedly tactical mind, MJ would make an ideal selector, and should replace Sanath, who seems to be leading this team the wrong way with his bizarre selections...

  • anildeshmukh on July 14, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    A wonderful leader who uses trust as weapon to every individual of the team, Mahela we miss you man specially the late cut you play in between wicketkeeper and the gully, Mahela you beauty to watch, we always remember you and salute you for your dedication and innovation to the game. A true leader! Thank you for joy you provide us and lets wish you to ROCK in the farewell!

  • Gowza on July 14, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    A true great of Sri Lankan cricket, he's entertained for years and i'll surely re-watch some of his great innings in the future.

  • Sexysteven on July 14, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    I think he's got it right in retiring before his form drops off I personally didn't think there was much more left in his tank but I still see a couple more years in left in sangas tank no one will be more sad then sanga to see his good mate retire but it's for the best that he does retire to let younger players come through but before that it's upto sanga and the people of Sri Lanka to give Mahela the send off that he will never forget after all that service he has given Sri Lanka we all wish him all the best for his future endeavours great test career he's had

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    mahela was a healthy scorer was from the school time and some of his shots were shown his colors and may be the best after marvan and aravinda. at school time he was a player can click at any time. in his time thilan samaraweera was there and he could not be be school boy cricketer for 2 consecutive years while scoring his best.a really smiley n humble guy i always loved to be with.he knew what h is doing and standing still against any criticism .his range of shot and innovations would be the best in history.if any one can analyse guy is having a technical shot to a every ball which can reach boundary.when he plays some shots i still feel how silly he is getting out some times when knows every technique in the world .he is the one who was having maximum failures . but he is the classic example failures are the pillars of success. do you remember his performances in 2003 world cup .let's praise the best ever captain in sri lankan cricket who has whown way to maximum number of youngsters

  • Senaratne77 on July 14, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    The last great product of the Ananda Nalanda cricketing era. Always was, is and will forever be a great fan of Mahela Jayawardena since I first saw him in action in 1995 as a school boy. He has rendered immense service to cricket in our motherland but yet somewhat under appreciated. Good luck in your future endeavors and above all thanks for all the wonderful memories!

    PS : You are not done yet Mr. Jayawardena, we need you to help lift that cup next year!

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Jayawardene is a very stylish player and his existence for SL others players give them a lot of confidence his retirement announcement is a loss of SL team because they lose their main players slowly slowly, their young ester players not perform continuously.

  • smudgeon on July 14, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    I've always enjoyed Mahela not only as one of the most attractive stroke-makers in the last 20 years, but also for his sheer enthusiasm and the joy he brings to his cricket. Not only this, but he is a true gentleman on the field, and is often celebrating his teammate's milestones harder than themselves! I hope he is around for a couple more years in ODIs to provide a brilliant example to the younger SL cricketers.

  • IrangaMMP on July 14, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    I think Mahela should retire from ODI cricket....not from TEST. However, he is an icon player and a true legend in the world cricket. Congratz Mahela n wish u all the very best!

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    you are great legend this is good lesson for others cricket when you feel you have to retire its good decision before some one tell you must retire it feel bad, you are classy player and good stroke maker, I love my son also to follow your foot step do something for cricket when he grow much better . we heads off to you mahela we are going to miss your style stroke nice catches in slip field I hope you will do something for cricket after your retirement best of luck may god bless you all the best from kamil from Dubai (sri Lankan)

  • katch47 on July 14, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Wise call Mahela very wise call indeed. Now lets see how the so called young talents like Chandimal and Thirimanne perform. This decision could be a blessing in disguise for them....or not. We will see

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    never seen such amazing player in cricket history. i know its harsh but without Mahlea and sangakara it will be boring to watch sri lanka playing cricket.

  • Daran9 on July 14, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Mahela, you are a legend! Thanks for all your memories. We would like to see you behind the commentary box for your smart and honest verdicts. You will become a pundit in commentary soon. Even though you retired from Test and T20 we could still see you in ODI's at least until the next world cup. You would go down to the history as one of the smartest and astute captain ever played in international cricket! Hope youngsters learn from you!

  • THEBEAST7 on July 14, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Mahela? Why or Why are you retiring from tests??? You can play for another 2 good years. Anyways, if you go and Chandimal gets to cement his place then thats a good decision. You are a true gentleman out side the game and all the best for your limited overs future in SL Cricket..

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Mahela the tactician will be missed more than Mahela the batsman

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on July 14, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Sad to see Mahela go. A true legend of the game and a fine ambassador for his country. I fear the game in general and Sri Lankan cricket in particular, will the poorer for his absence.

  • cric1965 on July 14, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    One way it is right decision because now people are asking why you retire from test cricket rather than asking why do not you retire. According to his test cricket form he scored 953 runs@47.65 during last 20 test innings while his average 22 in his last 20 one day innings. Once again people will ask why do not you retire from one day cricket while having such a poor form.He should have retired from one day cricket not test cricket. He might aim to play 2015 world cup. But you are not suitable to play world cup according to your current odi form. You have done a good service to Sri Lanka. But whoever retire even Sangakkara, Sri Lanka cricket will go because there is enough youngsters only need to give few opportunities

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    A wonderful servant of cricket. He has entertained crivket lovers world over with his strokes and those late cuts were treat watch. His time has come to say adios to cricket as one feels he has lost his sharpness in his batting facing both spinners and pacies. He can contribute to SL cricket elsewhere if authorities give him a fare share in politically muddied cricket in SL. Good Luck for your entertaining cricket, Mahela. NizaM

  • Udendra on July 14, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Actually he should be retiring from ODIs, not Tests!

  • Darkmanx12155 on July 14, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Stupid decision by Mahela. He should retire from T20s and ODIs but not from Tests. He must be planing to play a part in the 2015 WC but by the looks of it, he will be dropped from the team before the end of this year. what he did to Marvan Atapattu in 2007 will eventually happen to him.

  • anver777 on July 14, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    I wish Mahela will get that 3 catches in the remaining 4 tests & reach the 200 catches club in tests.... SL will certainly miss you !!!!

  • cricketnama on July 14, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Ramli, I am an Indian. but i luv both Mahela and Sanga. their service to sri lankan cricket is immense. I think Mahela still has a few years of test cricket left in him. I actually am a bit surprised that he decided to quit test cricket. I feel the guy deserves a lot of respect..and one more thing - a place in the national team has to be earned. Is there a batsman in sri lanka who is better than mahela???

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    I am from India... but I love Mahi more than any player in the world.. I myself quit to see the sriankan t20 matches after his retirement ... now if he retire from tests...... I will miss him too much.........Hats off to great cricket player of the century ..... one of the stylish player.....most respective player.....@mahelahayawardane

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    One of the best players that SL has ever produced. I enjoyed watching you batting alot. you are such a stylish batsmen. Thanks for all the memories... Good Luck dear Mayya!

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    one of the greatest batsman, brave, courageous and supreme stroke master. Best of luck

  • imtiazjaleel on July 14, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Everybody has to retire one day, otherwise Arvinda De Silva would have been playing by now along with Ranatunga and Mahela and Sangakarra would have been watching from the galleries.

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Live to see him playing........... Love to see his shot............ All the best 4 SA n Pak seris............Itz sad to hear.... Bt he sud complete his 150 test Matches..........

  • gularan on July 14, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Mahela old chap not taking anything away from you , you've picked the exact time to go. Many thanks for the wonderful memories and the cohesiveness you've brought into the SL team. As the ageing process begins to take hold you wonder why there isn't the time you used to have to play your shots etc. It happens to the best of us. Try and make these four tests stick indelibly in you memory as well as all the Sri Lankan cricket lovers collective minds.Once again Many thanks and may the triple gem bless and keep you and yours in good stead. AYUBOWAN from AUISTRALIA.

  • AshNZ on July 14, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Everyone thought srilankan cricket will go downhill after the great Ranatunga and A D Silva. But there came Jayasurya, Mahela and Sanga. Now Makela is going now. For sure there will be a huge void and will take a bit of time for cricketing fans to get used to. I am sure there will be someone waiting in the ranks. Maybe a Thiramane?

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Congrats mahila for ur great carrier. u will be heavily missed.

  • crzcric on July 14, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    One of the best captain,Brilliant slip fielder,never seen any one playing against spin like him.Most importantly he never care about personal mile stones. Always team comes first.Some times he sacrifice his place for youngsters. Great role model for modern cricketers. When he get going its just like an art of picasso. One of the most elegant players i have ever seen.I will miss his coverdrivers, cutshots, sweeps ,reverse sweeps and how can i forget his late cuts. Some people will try to put him town.But of you look at his innings carefully his best comes when the team need him most.Thats what make him unique.He was one of the best tactitions in the game.Thank you very much PICASSO OF CRICKET.Hope u will be back in form in Odis and bring 2015 world cup.

  • Lakpj on July 14, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Mahela is or was never a selfish cricketer he still as few years left in him but you always knew he would retire much sooner than expected. He even gave away his captaincy when nobody expected.

  • VinothSam on July 14, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Thank you for made us proud Maia. You won't be forgotten forever. SL Cricket needs you either you play or not. Hats off mate.

  • shockValue on July 14, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Hope sanga doesn't follow suit..!! He has many more years to come. Anyway true master of the game. Specially the tests. Will be a huge blow to the side and it will be nearly impossible to fill his place with equal talent. Best of luck for future endeavors

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    There is no doubt about mahela regarding talent. He was lack of confidence. selector and coach and captain must be blamed. He is good at opening the batting or number 3 . and he proved. they never tray after west indies series. just remember he was struggling before the west indies series as well the moment he opened up with tharanga opening he scored a century in odi. He likes to bat opening. crazy coaching staff. attapattu. no alter in batting order doesn't understand who likes to bat where and who is good at what position. by doing that seriously they killed 2 cricketer mahela and chandimal. odi always belive that countries best players must bat at the top and get as many as balls. just ask dilshan to bat at 4 or 5 am sure he will struggle. mahela really good decision u made. In fact u should have retired from all format. sri lanka need a foreign coach then only players can open up their mouth and tell what they want. Local coach never do that. good luck mahela. sanga u too

  • on July 14, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    mahiya dont make me cry,,,we need you tests,,,

  • WaqasAm on July 14, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Very good decision by Mahela. I remember his innings played against India in 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. For me that was his best innings although Sri Lanka lost that match.

  • onebump on July 14, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    SHould have just concentrated on test cricket. Specially the tour to India in the middle of 2015 would have been one SL would have found your skills and experience to notch up the first test win there. Thanks for the memories... glad i caught your innings at Lords this summer!

    Give it a proper go now over the next two series....

  • Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on July 14, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Mahela is still good in Test Cricket. He should have quit from ODI not Tests.

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    i don't want to watch cricket without mahela .....the sadest thing i heard

  • Galmos on July 14, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    He will end up on 149 tests if he retires after the Pak series. He should play at least one more test to make it 150.

  • ramli on July 14, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Thoughtful decision but still blocking youngsters in ODIs ... why can't he retire from all forms? there is always Sanga to nurture the newcomers ... this is waht is hampering the progress of cricket in SL ... seniors clinging on-and-on ...

  • Realistic_cri_fan on July 14, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    His batting will be missed in only Srilanka.He is a colombo track bully.He made tons of runs there.Outside srilanka he is nothing.But srilanka will miss his experience.

  • Sexysteven on July 14, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    This might be sad at first but for the good of Sri Lankan cricket it's agood decision so that younger players can come through and be guided by that other great player sangas for the final year or two of his career it will be sad to see Mahela retire but his timing is good it would of been so easy for him to retire at the same time as sanga so credit to Mahela for putting the good of his country before himself and now I hope the whole of Sri Lanka give Mahela the farewell that he so deserves and just playing odis is good way to ease him out slowly I'll be following his last four tests on cricinfo potty we don't have a cricket channel in my part of the world cos I would so love to watch Mahela play his last tests cos I'm a fan of any test cricket no matter who's playing

  • sasuke145 on July 14, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    you will be missed a lot in the cricketing world and in the eyes of the srilankan fans.i luv u mahela.may you retire ina classic way in your last test match vs pak.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on July 14, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    @ jackiethepen Dravid became a walking wicket in the last few test series esp in Aus where he kept on getting bowled!! Hope, mahela doesn't become a walking wicket in his swansong!!

  • TEROSHAN on July 14, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Pls Pls Sanga Stay Another 4 Years with SL Test Team Without MJ And You Still we are helpless.. Let the team develop little more with you. Pls Do not follow your fellow freind MJ.. All the best for MJ Best ever captain in the world after Ponting (Even Ponting had a very best team in the world ) Class actor born for cricket and well timed. And Pls SLC selector, Let him to open the ODI.

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    It was on the cards for sometime now with Mahela struggling to get decent score against his name, the third Odi against SA in Hambantota summed up Mahela's last 18 months. Having said that, he should have waited for a little bit longer in test cricket as he was doing decent job in the last few games even though he could not convert the starts he got into big ones. In Odi he should open with Dili and Chandimal should bat in the middle order. Good luck to MJ post test cricket and thanks for the years of memories. Best SL captain ever.

  • Paul2005 on July 14, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Assuming he plays all four tests he ends with 149. Atleast he did not stick around for his 150th like our man for his 200th. Thanks Mahela for the memories.

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    thank you for ur contribution for srilanka cricket.

  • fairplay_cricket_fan on July 14, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    A true Gentleman of the game walks way. Sad to see you go. What an admirable character.

    You are 460 runs away from Brian lara. 8 possible innings to play. Please push yourself to the maximum and try and better it.

    Even if not, you will be remembered as one of the true greats.

  • jackiethepen on July 14, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Farewell to a great man. Whereas the new generation appears to relish bad manners and aggression in their cricketers, here is an example of what it meant to be a cricketer of real quality and ability who acted with honour on a cricket field. A classical player. An artist. Decent. A man who never seemed to lose his temper and was beautiful to watch and competitive at the same time. Like Dravid he has left the field of conflict as gracefully as he played upon it.

  • Charindra on July 14, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Mahela! What a batsman! I felt it was coming but it's still sad. He gave up captaincy before he was asked to, and now retiring when he still has a bit left in him. Wish all Sri Lankans put country before self like him. Truly the end of an era :/

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    oh no Mahela!! what are you doing...you have to play just a few more innings to break chanderapauls record of most innings without being stumped.

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Silky touch while batting. Articulate when speaking. One of the very best of this generation. Will be missed!

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Oh dear, never expected this. Tests is the one format that he should have continued to play even after the 2015 WC. Shame really but what a player and Captain he has been for Sri Lanka. Will be dearly missed. IMO he will go down as Sri Lanka's best batsman (all formats combined) of all time. Even though Sanga is the one I would pick to bat for me if my life depended on it, Mahela undoubtedly is the one I would pay big money to watch as his batting his more or less poetry in motion.

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Most Stylish and free flowing batsman of Modern Day Cricket and Great Leader as well......Will be a major loss to SL Cricket......#LEGEND of SL Cricket

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    You know your childhood is over, once you hear the Maiya is going to quit test. These few weeks feel seem like an epoch. I wish time would stop still. Test is going to lose an aesthete maestro. You have given us so much to cheer. Hope you will continue the same trend in the eight innings that is to come from you Who can replace you in the slips?

  • Arif_Khan_Bangladeshi on July 14, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    He will mostly likely retire from ODI after the 2015 world cup. Anyway, SL will miss his service a lot. Not only a great player but an intelligent leader/captain as well. All the best.

  • Humdingers on July 14, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Will go down as one of the best players SL has had. It will be interesting to see the effect this has now on not only the team but on Sangakarra as well (more pressure on him). SL will now see what India are going through with a new crop of youngsters.

  • 9ST9 on July 14, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    His batting will be missed but most of all SL will miss an acute tactician. Possibly the best cricketing brain that SL ever produced.

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    He is great player we are gonna miss him

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    We respect your decision maiya..... we missed absolutely wonderful classy batsmen for mother sri lanka. WE SALUTE YOU......

  • YorkshirePudding on July 14, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    An inevitable part of the game, sad to see him retire but better now while hes still on top than in 2-3 years and hes forced out.

  • satishchandar on July 14, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    For me, he is the BEST T20 batsman in the world when opening.. In other formats, he is second best to Sanga inside SL whereas, nowhere close to the big league in other parts of cricketing geography.. It always surprised me whenever i see this guy bat.. He had all the class and talent to be a overall legend than Legend within SL.. Still, none can dominate in home like this elegant batsman.. Thank you Mahela for all the lovely batting you have given all these years..

  • MelbourneMiracle on July 14, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    This was coming..Legend to us - Sri Lankans...He'll have alot to contribute even after he retires from all forms of the game...Probably in a coaching or mentoring role...Salute to MJ! Perhaps the best ever captain SL have produced.

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    good decision and enroll young talent

  • ninjapintu on July 14, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Although I am supporting SA, he is undoubtedly one of the greats of the game and I am sad to see him go. But he timed his decision well. His countrymen were just getting vocal against him. Better leave than end up like Sachin

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Thanks MJ for everything you have done for us in Test matches.All the best in ODI's.You are a such a wonderful player and captain.. Thanks again you made us proud ... Good luck..

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    And here goes another great from the game. J'wardene, classy player. You will surely be missed in Test Cricket.

  • vish57 on July 14, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    We salute a great SL cricketer for playing game in the right way. So after retiring T20 and test Mahela may be available for ODI till WC2015.

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    we ll miss u maaiya....u were a great batsman 2gether wth sanga...luv u mahela...n u ll be in our hearts 4 ever

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    1 more legend gone :( you will be always missed for your master strokes

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Hope sanga will not follow mahela like what he did in t20s, sanga has still something to be done for tests.

  • Sameeratennakoon on July 14, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Emotional but well timed decision.. He should more focus on ODI for the WC .. Thanks Mahela for everything.. We love you..

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Play test and retire from ODI that is the better option

  • Jatin. on July 14, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    At 37-38, you have to be utmost sure of how much your body can hold. Its probably a right decision knowing that he has to make himself available to be picked for next 2 IPL seasons. Remember, Lankans were not picked by many of the IPL Franchisees as SL was touring England & were not available for majority of the tour. Sangakkara also took his name out from the auctions at the very last moment knowing that because of his limited availability, he may not get picked for a huge amount & he may have to play for a meager salary for next 2 seasons. So, its a good calculative decision by Mahela to hang up his boots now, thanks for the memories Mahela.....go well in your last 2 series. I wish you all the best. From an Indian fan....

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    what a poor decision by him ..... he should had been retire from odi cricket he had a poor form in odis not test cricket

  • cricket_slcsupport on July 14, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Good Decision to go out on his own terms. Well played, was wonderful watching you play and improvising your ODI game. Master class.

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    better retie from ODI too, he was a great player but now days he not good with runs....!!!

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Great player.. Great human... Respect...

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    great player. and one of the true. fighter Sri Lanka has ever produced

  • samp1988 on July 14, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    ohh, mahela is going to retire after 145 tests. sad news.. very timely decision i would say. i think his late dip of form might have forced him to retire bit early to what he had thought. anyway exceptional carrier comes to an end. Also the best captain ever produced by SL. hope u will contribute to SL cricket as a couch with your vast international experience. wish u a great future ahead!!!!

  • sohanpandey578 on July 14, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Cricketing World Will Always Miss You.

  • on July 14, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    You wii be missed mahela! Now End on a HIgh! Be ware SA and PAK.classical batsmen , super slip fielder and outstanding captain!Hats off to you Legend!!!

  • Dan2982 on July 14, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Sad but it is inevitable specially judging by his recent performances in all forms of cricket. I guess all Sri Lankans are of debts to him for what he has done to the country. Thanks Mahela

  • soumyas on July 14, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    though they are gr8 batsmen for Sl, we have seen enough of Jayawardene's and Sangas. It's time for new fresh blood.

  • soumyas on July 14, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    though they are gr8 batsmen for Sl, we have seen enough of Jayawardene's and Sangas. It's time for new fresh blood.

  • Dan2982 on July 14, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Sad but it is inevitable specially judging by his recent performances in all forms of cricket. I guess all Sri Lankans are of debts to him for what he has done to the country. Thanks Mahela

  • on July 14, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    You wii be missed mahela! Now End on a HIgh! Be ware SA and PAK.classical batsmen , super slip fielder and outstanding captain!Hats off to you Legend!!!

  • sohanpandey578 on July 14, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Cricketing World Will Always Miss You.

  • samp1988 on July 14, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    ohh, mahela is going to retire after 145 tests. sad news.. very timely decision i would say. i think his late dip of form might have forced him to retire bit early to what he had thought. anyway exceptional carrier comes to an end. Also the best captain ever produced by SL. hope u will contribute to SL cricket as a couch with your vast international experience. wish u a great future ahead!!!!

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    great player. and one of the true. fighter Sri Lanka has ever produced

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    Great player.. Great human... Respect...

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    better retie from ODI too, he was a great player but now days he not good with runs....!!!

  • cricket_slcsupport on July 14, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Good Decision to go out on his own terms. Well played, was wonderful watching you play and improvising your ODI game. Master class.

  • on July 14, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    what a poor decision by him ..... he should had been retire from odi cricket he had a poor form in odis not test cricket