Cricbuzz: An enthusiastic Mahela Jayawardene finished his sparkling, 17 year Test vocation on a high Monday as Sri Lanka won the second and last Test against Pakistan by 105 hurries to breadth the arrangement 2-0.
The 37-year-old was raised onto his colleagues' shoulders for a lap of honor after the travelers, who continued their second innings at 127-7 pursuing a focus of 271, were shot out for 165 preceding lunch on the fifth day.
The previous Test chief, who had resigned from Twenty20 internationals after Sri Lanka's title-winning fight in the World T20 in April, will now play one and only day cricket heading into one year from now'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 say farewell to one of current cricket's extraordinary batsmen.
I don't recognize what to say, however I make a guarantee to i won't holler, Jayawardene said at the presentation function as sparklers went off in the stands. I adore every one of you. Much obliged to you such a great amount for the help all these years. In any case I have a tad bit left and I make a guarantee to i'll provide for it my for the World Cup.
Much obliged likewise to my buddies. It's been extraordinary to play for Sri Lanka for such a large number of years. I have constantly worn this top with pride and energy.
Jayawardene completed with 11,814 runs in 149 Tests with 34 centuries, yet his normal dropped from 50.02 to 49.84 in the wake of making four and 54 in his last Test at the SSC.
It was at the SSC that Jayawardene scored a great 374 amid a world-record organization of 624 with Sangakkara (287) against a South African assault that included Dale Steyn and Makhya Ntini in 2006.
Jayawardene is venturing far from Tests to let more youthful players thrive, however he searched fit for proceeding for a couple of more years in the wake of making a familiar 165 against Hashim Amla's South African group at the SSC a month ago.
Under his administration, Sri Lanka won 18 Tests, lost 12 and drew eight. As commander, he arrived at the midpoint of 59.11 with the bat with 14 centuries. One of the most honed fielders near the wicket, Jayawardene's 205 Test gets are second just to Indian Rahul Dravid's count of 210 by a fielder other than a wicket-manager.