Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. (TOI Photo)
CHENNAI: Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have been stalwarts of Sri Lankan cricket. The two not only share a great bond with each other off the field but also have a world record to their name.
The duo hold the world record for the highest partnership for any wicket in Test matches. They added 624 runs for the third wicket against South Africa in Colombo back in 2006. While Mahela scored a brilliant 374, Sanga had 287 to his name.
Speaking on the Sony Ten Pit Stop on Monday, Mahela relived moments of that colossal stand with Sanga. “We got together when the score was 14 for 2 and the challenge was to see off the initial phase since the South African bowling attack was strong. Once we got past their first innings total of 169, the pressure was on them. I have always enjoyed batting along with Sanga and the left-right combination certainly posed a challenge for the bowlers,” Jayawardene reminisced.
However, he revealed how nervous they were as they approached the previous world record of 576 set by Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama. “On the third day after tea, we were told about the record and how we just 11 to 15 runs away from it. The pressure was on us and getting those runs were the toughest. We were relieved once we crossed that. The best part was we went on to win the Test so it was very sweet,” said Jayawardene.