On this day in 1997, Sri Lanka created history with posting the highest Test total of all time as well as the highest Test partnership during that time. Today, we give you some trivia, records and accomplishments by Sri Lanka in the longest format of the game.
>> Sri Lanka have the record of the highest score in Tests with 952/6 (decl) against India. The record is still unbeaten after almost 19 years.
>> Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama posted the highest partnership in Test with 576 on board. It was later broken 9 years later, by their own teammates Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene when they scored 624 runs.
>> Bandula Warnapura was the appointed the first ever Sri Lankan Test captain.
Bandula Warnapura. pic/ Midday archives
>> 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. Sidath 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.
>> Muttiah Muralitharan is the overall highest wicket taker with 800 wickets.
Muttiah Muralitharan. Pic/ AFP
>> Muralitharan also has the best bowling figures in an innings by a Lankan with 9/51 vs Zimbabwe.
>> Muralitharan has also take the most fifers in an innings by a Sri Lankan with 67.
>> Kumar Sangakkara is the SL's leading run scorer and fifth overall run scorer with 12, 400 runs.
Kumar Sangakkara. Pic/ AFP
>> Kumar Sangakkara is also the fastest Sri Lankan and third overall to 10,000 runs.
>> Sangakkara has hit the most Test hundreds by an SLcricketer and fourth overall with 38 tons.
>> Sangakkara also has the highest average by an SL 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.