A friend uplifts you when everything fails. Friendship is a unique relationship because, unlike family relationships, we choose to enter into them. In real life, especially in today’s world, it is not easy to sustain a real friendship. People with strong bonds experience less stress. No matter how strong their friendship is, some of them have fallen apart. Not every friend has such a positive impact. Some lie, some insult, some betray, and some of them are excessively in need. Some lucky people blessed with good friends who are like family.
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara’s Friendship: A friendship that stood the vicissitudes of time, who took their country to great cricketing heights.
Kumara Sangakkara, who lived in Kandy, is a cricket commentator, former cricketer, and captain of the Sri Lankan national team. He is considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He was the second-highest run-scorer in ODI cricket at retirement and sixth highest run-scorer in Test cricket.
Mahela Jayawardene resides in Colombo, is a Sri Lankan cricket coach and former cricketer. He made the highest score ever by a Sri Lankan in Test cricket in 2006, scoring 374 against South Africa in the second Test of Sri Lanka’s home series. He has an average test score of just under 50 and an average on One Day in the 30s. Jayawardene is the first player to score more than 10,000 Test runs in Sri Lankan cricket history and the second Sri Lankan player to score over 10,000 runs in ODIs as well.
Sangakkara and Mahela first met each other at the age of 16. They played only twice against each other in those days, in school level matches. Still, the wheel started to move when Sangakkara moved to Colombo, and both of them began to play club and international cricket together. These two legends redefined Sri Lankan cricket in more ways than one. Their contribution to cricketing in Sri Lanka was impeccable.
In 2006, Sri Lankan batting pair of Mahela Jayawardene set the World record partnership in Test cricket, as their partnership finished on 624 runs.
Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara’s friendship goes beyond cricket.
The batsmen were so close that Mahela’s better half was the Maid of Honour at Sangakkara’s wedding, while Sangakkara was to be Mahela’s Best Man during the latter’s marriage. Post-retirement, both Sanga and Mahela, are still the best of buddies entering into several adventures together.
The adventure continues.
In December 2011, Sangakkara and Jayawardene, with chef Dharshan Munidasa, launched a restaurant, Ministry of Crab, has featured thrice on the list of Asia’s Top 50 Restaurants in six years. The restaurant specializes in crabs. The restaurant gives its customers many options when it comes to crabs. From Singaporean classic chili crab to our very own Sri Lankan curry.The ingredients used at the Ministry Of Crab Fresh and best. Also, you can find chicken and vegetable dishes on the menu. It employs a no-freezer policy. — Ministry of Crab franchise in Mumbai, Maldives, Bangkok, and Shanghai.
When Jo Harman, the interviewer from Espncricinfo asks –And when you do both retire, the partnership continues?
Sangakkara: Of course. We’ve already started a couple of ventures together.
Mahela: Most of the things we’ve started are together, in charity work and other business ventures, so we’ll definitely be partners for quite some time, I think! It’s been fun, and it’s a fantastic friendship we have on and off the field. It’s not overshadowing each other. It’s a very healthy partnership; we feed off each other, and we complement each other.
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara showed their support towards creating awareness on violence against women in the country, partnering with the delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. They involved in an initial media campaign, which will include the filming of a video highlighting the issue of gender violence launched on an international day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Let see their friendship grow and wish them all the best for future adventures.