You were the mainstay of our cricket for many long years,
Enthralling fans in Sri Lanka and across the globe
With your scintillating batting prowess.
The free- flowing facile elegance
Displayed in your masterful stroke play
And the brilliant centuries and innumerable runs,
Amassed with effortless ease and grace
Earned you ,well deserved, adulatory accolades,
From a devoted constituency
Of connoisseurs of high excellence, in the Game.
You brought such fame and glory,
To this little island of ours,
That we dreaded the day,
You will hang up your boots and call it quits!
What endeared you to us,one and all ,
Were your self –effacing modesty and gentlemanly ways,
Where the glory you would bring Sri Lanka ,
Always came first.
We Sri Lankans, stand up and salute you,
Sanga and Mahela
And Wish you both,
Success, in all your future endeavours.
You will remain, two brightly shining stars,
In our cricketing firmament,
For many, many years to come.
DEMOS, that man from Galle
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