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Interesting Trivia: The Sri Lanka Test Cricket Edition

Today marks 35 years since Sri Lanka first became an official test playing nation. Our cricket team is one that is renowned worldwide for its skillful players who have set records and left the crowd still cheering. So here’s a little interesting trivia for you!

  • Sri Lanka holds the record of the highest score in Test matches with 952/6 (declared) against India. The record is still unbeaten after almost 19 years!
  • Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama held the highest partnership in Test with 576 on board. It was later broken 9 years later, by their own teammates, our favourite dynamic duo, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene when they scored 624 runs.

  • Bandula Warnapura was the appointed the first ever Sri Lankan Test captain.
  • Sidath Wettimuny became the first Sri Lankan cricketer in history to score a Test century when he scored 157 during their match against Pakistan in 1981-82. He scored 71 runs in the first innings. 
  • Sri Lanka won their first ever Test match in 1985 by defeating India by 149 runs in Colombo. 
  • Sanath Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene are the most successful captains with both winning 18 of the 38 Tests captained. (We all totally saw that coming!)

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  • Muttiah Muralitharan is the overall highest wicket taker with 800 wickets.
  • Muralitharan also has the best bowling figures in an innings by a Lankan with 9/51 vs Zimbabwe.

  • He has also take the most fifers in an innings by a Sri Lankan with 67.
  • Kumar Sangakkara is Lanka’s leading run scorer and fifth overall run scorer with 12,400 runs.

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  • Sangakkara is also the fastest Sri Lankan and third overall to score 10,000 runs.
  • Sangakkara has scored the most Test hundreds by any Sri Lankan cricketer .
  • He also has the highest average by any Sri Lankan batsman with 57.40.
  • The highest individual score by a Sri Lankan is by Mahela Jayawardene who scored 374 vs South Africa.
  • Muralitharan is the fastest Sri Lankan to claim 100 wickets.
  • Roy Dias is the fastest Sri Lankan to reach 1,000 runs .

  • Jayawardene has taken the most dismissals by a Sri Lankan with 156.