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Cricket Kumar Sangakkara is 'the worst reverse-sweeper' - Mahela Jayawardene

Kumar Sangakkara may be "the worst reverse-sweeper" and always late but Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene could not imagine his Test career without him.

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Kumar Sangakkara is 'the worst reverse-sweeper' - Mahela Jayawardene

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Kumar Sangakkara may be "the worst reverse-sweeper" and always late but Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene could not imagine his Test career without him.

Jayawardene played 149 Tests for Sri Lanka, with 126 of them coming alongside Sangakkara, with the pair having been central to their country's hopes on the cricket field for over a decade.

Last year, Jayawardene retired from Test cricket and Sangakkara will follow him at the end of Sri Lanka's second Test against India, which starts on Thursday.

Together Sangakkara and Jayawardene have helped Sri Lanka win the 2014 World Twenty20, the 2002 Champions Cup and numerous Asia Cup titles.

But for Jayawardene, being Sangakkara's team-mate has been about more than just on-field success.

"For me it was quite good to have him around because he was the first guy who walked into that dressing room who was my age, in 2000," Jayawardene told ESPNcricinfo.

"I had somebody to relate to and go out for a meal with."

Sangakkara will start his final Test with 12,350 runs - more than any other Sri Lankan - from 133 previous matches at an average of 57.71, including 38 centuries.

Although Jayawardene has always respected Sangakkara's ability with the bat that admiration has never extended to the latter's reverse-sweep.

"I think he's the worst reverse-sweeper I have ever seen, and possibly with the same with the sweep," he said.

"If I saw anything ugly from him it would be the reverse sweep."

Jayawardene added that Sangakkara's tardiness has also been a feature of their friendship.

"I've made fun of the fact that he's got all these expensive watches but can't be on time. What I realised was, that I have to give him a half-an-hour early start," Jayawardene said.

"Whenever I ask him to come to something I tell him it's half-an-hour earlier than it is. Then he rocks up 10 minutes late rather than 40 minutes late."

Jayawardene said Sri Lanka could have gotten more out of Sangakkara as a captain - his time in charge of the Test team ended after 15 matches - if the country's cricket administrators had given him more leeway.

"I felt that he would have been a much better leader if he had been given the freedom to do what he wanted," the 38-year-old said.

"That probably restricted him because he didn't want to make so many mistakes by taking chances, because that would give ammunition to people who were outside.

"That said he was a fantastic captain anyway. We got to a World T20 final [in 2009] and a World Cup final [in 2011] under him. We got to the business end of a lot of good tournaments."

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