Sri Lanka will sorely miss Sanagakkara and Jayawardene, says Russell Arnold

"Sangakkara and Jayawardene have carried the burden of the country and thrilled people every time"

“Sangakkara and Jayawardene have carried the burden of the country and thrilled people every time”

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Former Sri Lanka batsman Russell Arnold believes that the national team will sorely miss the batting duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene when they retire from ODIs after the 2015 World Cup.

Arnold’s comments come after the duo, who have been friends since the age of 15, played their last ODI on home soil, in which Sri Lanka thrashed England by 87 runs in Colombo to win the seven-match series 5-2.

“Sangakkara and Jayawardene have carried the burden of the country and thrilled people every time, so they are going to be a massive loss,” Arnold told Sky Sports. “They will certainly not be forgotten, not just for the cricket they played but because they are ambassadors for Sri Lanka in all forms.

“There was a wonderful atmosphere and a scramble for tickets to see these two legends of the game bat for the last time in ODIs in Colombo and there is a feeling of ‘what now’?

“You cannot compare players and say who is better, though, as the circumstances of Sri Lankan cricket have improved over the years.”

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