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.
2013, in a sense, can be termed as retirement season in the sport, since so many big names hanged their boots. As the year draws to a close, here’s a look at some prominent names who quit the game in 2013.
Honestly, it was only a matter of time. Jacques Kallis, the most complete cricketer of the modern era, has announced his retirement from the five- day game at the end of the Boxing Day Test against India.
When Sachin Tendulkar hangs his boots at the end of the Mumbai Test at Wankhede Stadium that is currently underway, it will not only bring to an end a glorious 24-year-old career, but will also put the curtains down on a very special era in international cricket.