#3 Mahela Jayawardene
Jayawardene ended inches short of an average of 50, the benchmark of a great Test batsman, finishing on 49.84. He was a perfect team man, rarely a milestone guy as the number 149 would suggest. There was a place for him in his team too, but the man who scored close to 12000 Test runs thought enough is enough.
But, when he went, he did go in style. Mahela who came into his last Test series against Pakistan at home in form, having scored 165 against South Africa, scored two more half-centuries, 59 in the first Test and 54 in his last innings, in a series that Sri Lanka won 2-0 in August 2014.
His boys took him on their shoulders around the ground and that along with the runs is always a nice way to bid farewell to Test cricket. Jayawardene also quit when he was in the middle of a good streak, having scored five half-centuries, two centuries and a double century in his last 10 Tests.Published 14 Aug 2015, 19:25 IST