Mahela Jayawardene, the senior Pro of the Sri Lankan batting lineup has finally called it a day to retire from the Test Cricket. He will retire after Sri Lanka’s series against Pakistan. Sri Lanka is set to play South Africa for 2 Test series, which begins this Wednesday after losing the ODI series 2-1. Recently, Sri Lanka defeated England in their own backyard 1-0, registering their first series win in England.
In a letter to Sri Lankan chief Executive Officer, Ashley de Silva, he said that he would like to retire after the series against Pakistan. He added that it was a tough decision to make but feels that this is the right time for it. He added that it was a pleasure to represent the nation for past 18 years and an honour which he will cherish throughout his life.
Earlier, Jayawardene along with Kumar Sangakkara retired from the shortest format of the game after the 2014 T20 World Cup, where they both led their team to emerge victorious after a long list of failures in the finals.
This decision might be a combined result of the fact that he was carrying a lean patch of form for some time now, and also to keep himself fully fit for the mega event of the game which will start in February 2014 in Australia and New Zealand.
Jayawardene has made 11493 runs at an average of more than 50 and is just 500 runs short of Brian Lara. He is currently 6th in all time run scorers. With 2 more Test series under his belt, he can surpass Brian Lara.
Sri Lankan team will like to send him on a high by winning the series against South Africa and Pakistan.