Colombo: Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has said it would be difficult to fill the shoes of Mahela Jayawardene, who ended his 17-year-long Test career Sunday.
Sangakkara shared several big partnerships, including the world record 624-run stand against South Africa in 2006, with Jayawardene. (A Sub-Continental Champion Moves on)
"We can't expect someone to fill Mahela's shoes in the same way. Mahela didn't play as well as he does now from his first innings. When a new batsman comes in and we're measuring him and comparing him, it's not fair to compare him with Mahela. That player has a chance to join the team, play for many years, carve out a standing in the team and maybe in three or four years aim to get the kind of runs and centuries Mahela has," Sangakkara was quoted as saying by The Island.