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Know Mahela Jayawardene,the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer

PTI 13 Nov 2014, 10:56:43 AM IST

Colombo: Mahela Jayawardene ended his 17-year Test career on a victorious note on 18th Aug 2014  as Sri Lanka won the second and final Test against Pakistan by 105 runs to sweep the series 2-0.

The 37-year-old, who had retired from Twenty20 internationals after Sri Lanka's title-winning campaign in the World T20 in April, will now play only one-day cricket heading into next year's World Cup.
Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse was among the 4,000 home fans who turned up at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) to bid goodbye to one of modern cricket's great batsmen.

The elegant right-hander is one of only five batsmen to score more than 11,000 runs in both Test and one-day cricket the others being Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and team-mate Kumar Sangakkara.
Jayawardene finished with 11,814 runs in 149 Tests with 34 centuries, but his average dropped from 50.02 to 49.84 after making four and 54 in his final Test at the SSC. He was lifted onto the shoulders of his team-mates as the entire squad did a victory lap of the ground. On his return to the pavilion, Jayawardene was hugged warmly by Rajapakse and other dignitaries.