Exciting, exhilarating, enchanting -- these are words you do not usually associate with Test cricket. But, bring Virender Sehwag into the equation, and the five-day game gets redefined. A couple of years before Sehwag made his mark at the international stage, Adam Gilchrist had already made his name as a dashing Test cricketer.
Sri Lanka have produced many highly talented batsmen over the last couple of decades, from Aravinda de Silva to Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu to Mahela Jayawardene. Another name that would easily slot into this category is that of Kumar Sangakkara.
The decision to omit Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the training squad that has been selected in preparation for the Australia series, practically bringing an end to the legend's career, has been met with mixed response.
One could see it coming. For nearly two decades now, Mahela Jayawardene has shouldered the burden of Sri Lanka on his capable shoulders, and has done so with admirable success, in such a sublime manner that you cannot but have great respect for the man.