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Sri Lanka's star batsman Kumar Sangakkara says that Mahela is the best batsman Sri Lanka has seen after Aravinda de Silva.

Sangakkara urged sports fans to come and watch Mahela's last match as a mark of respect for the invaluable service rendered by Mahela to the team over the years.

Mahela is currently playing his final match of his Test match,  as the Sri Lankans are playing against Pakistan in Galle.

He will bid adieu to his Test career on August 14 at the end of the second match of the series.

Though the game was initially planned to be held at the Saravanamuttu stadium, cricket officials later decided to shift the venue to the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC), where Mahela is a member.

Speaking further, Sangakkara has said that cricket fans all over the world would grieve the Test field departure of Mahela - his on field partner as well as his close friend off field.

Though Mahela's departure would deeply affect Sri Lanka's cricket, it was a decision he had taken after much consideration, Sangakkara added.

The two centuries at Lord's as well as the century batted against Australia in Galle under extreme difficult conditions are highlights of Mahela's Test career, he further said.