Mahela Jayawardene Leaves as 'One of the Greatest to Play for Sri Lanka', Says Muralitharan

Former Sri Lanka skipper and one of the best batsman of the modern era, Mahela Jayawardene, has called time on his career. Muttiah Muralitharan hailed his former skipper as one of the greatest to have played for the country, placing him alongside the likes of Aravinda de Silva and Sanath Jayasuriya.

updated: August 08, 2014 00:11 IST
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File photo of Mahela Jayawardene (L) with Muttiah Muralitharan in 2007.


Sri Lanka's legendary off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan showered accolades on the 37-year-old Mahela Jayawardene, after the star top-order batsman decided to call time on his Test career.

Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era, Jayawardene has 11,493 Test runs at an average of 50.18 to his name. After a glorious 17-year-long Test career, he decided to quit the longest format of the game after Sri Lanka's forthcoming Test series' against South Africa and Pakistan.

"He is one of the greatest players who has ever played for Sri Lanka. He has a superb record. We have him and Kumar Sangakkara from the younger group, but when you consider great Sri Lankan batsmen, he is in that group with Aravinda de Silva and Sanath Jayasuriya, who have all contributed so much to Sri Lankan cricket in the batting side," Muralitharan said, as reported by ESPNCricinfo.

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