Mahela Jayawardene's Test career concluded in style on Monday, as Sri Lanka celebrated a 105-run win over Pakistan in Colombo to secure a 2-0 series victory.
Although the 37-year-old still plans to take part in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, per Sky Sports, the Sri Lankan veteran will now depart the five-day game as one of the most decorated players of both his generation, and indeed all time.
A colossus with the bat—particularly at home—and an innovative leader during his 38-Test stint as captain, Jayawardene leaves behind a legacy of class, integrity and relentless excellence.
"I have played with a lot of pride and passion, and that's the same passion that the fans have, and the same passion that the entire nation has. It's quite easy to play for a country like that," the retiring great said after his final Test, per ESPN Cricinfo.
That passion is certainly reflected in his Test record.
Indeed, only six men—and only one Sri Lankan—have ever accumulated more Test runs than Jayawardene.
With 11,814 runs in total and 34 hundreds, the stylish right-hander retires with one of the finest Test batting records ever compiled over such a sustained period.
Impressively, Jayawardene has reached triple figures against every Test-playing nation, doing so eight times against England and a further six each against India and South Africa.
Only Australia and Pakistan have limited Jayawardene to an average below 44 in their encounters with the prolific run-getter.
|vs. New Zealand||13||1028||167||48.95||3||6|
|vs. South Africa||17||1782||374||57.48||6||2|
|vs. West Indies||12||748||136||44.00||1||4|
If there's one knock on Jayawardene's career, it's his record away from home, particularly outside Asia.
In 68 Tests on foreign soil, the former captain averaged 39.71, with that number dropping to 31.66 in matches played in Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa.
But those numbers still aren't enough to tarnish his startling array of accomplishments.
Extremely difficult to remove once set, Jayawardene has made of habit of turning hundreds into double hundreds like few others in the history of the game.
|Sir Donald Bradman||12|
Not to stop there, the Sri Lankan has also been involved in two of the top eight Test partnerships of all time, joining Kumar Sangakkara for a world-record 624-run stand against South Africa in 2006 before enjoying a 437-run partnership with Thilan Samaraweera in 2009.
|Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene||624||SL||SA||2006|
|Sanath Jayasuriya, Roshan Mahanama||576||SL||Ind||1997|
|Andrew Jones, Martin Crowe||467||NZ||SL||1991|
|Bill Ponsford, Sir Donald Bradman||451||Aus||Eng||1934|
|Mudassar Nazar, Javed Miandad||451||Pak||Ind||1983|
|Sir Conrad Hunte, Sir Gary Sobers||446||WI||Pak||1958|
|Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Sangakkara||438||SL||Zim||2004|
|Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera||437||SL||Pak||2009|
|Jacques Rudolph, Boeta Dippenaar||429*||SA||Ban||2003|
|Neil McKenzie, Graeme Smith||415||SA||Ban||2008|
Yet, it's leadership that has often separated the good from the great—an area where Jayawardene has truly excelled.
With 18 Test victories as captain, the outgoing Sri Lankan legend sits alongside Sanath Jayasuriya for the most Test wins while in charge of the island nation.
More imposing again is that Jayawardene's performance with the bat while captain was nothing short of remarkable.
Despite his career average sitting at 49.84, the decorated Sri Lankan averaged almost 10 runs more than that during his tenure in charge.
While that record may not seem truly spectacular, it actually is.
To put it into perspective, only the incomparable Sir Donald Bradman has averaged more than Jayawardene among players with 2000-plus runs as captain
|Sir Donald Bradman||24||3147||270||101.51||14||7|
|Sir Gary Sobers||39||3528||178*||58.80||11||15|
Breaking Jayawardene's career down by the numbers certainly highlights the profound impression the Sri Lankan has left upon the game.