COLOMBO: Sri Lankan legendary batsman Mahela Jayawardene has announced a retirement from Twenty20 Internationals after World Cup Twenty20, 2014.
This announcement came on March 17, exactly 18 years to the day Sri Lanka won the World Cup, beating Australia by seven wickets in Lahore, was not lost on Jayawardene.
When it is clear that I can’t see myself playing in the next ICC World T20, there was not much point in me occupying a spot,” said Jayawardene.
“It makes more sense for a youngster to come into the mix and establish himself.”
In T20 Internationals, Jayawardene has shown a remarkable ability to innovate, tasting most of his success opening the batting.
His 1335 runs — he’s Sri Lanka’s highest run-getter in the shortest format of the game — have come from 49 matches at a strike rate of 134.17.
In 143 Test matches Jayawardene has scored 11,319 runs at an average of over 50, his highest score being a mammoth 374 against South Africa at his beloved Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo in 2007.
Jayawardene also topped 10,000 runs in One-Day Internationals, proving that there was room for aesthetically pleasing and wristy batsmen who relied on timing rather than brute musculature.