Sri Lanka in Tests: A list of records, trivia and accomplishments

On 17 February 1982 Sri Lankan cricket team played their first match as a Test playing national side against England. On this day, we give you some trivia, records and accomplishments by Sri Lankan cricketers 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.


>> Bandula Warnapura was the appointed the first ever Sri Lankan Test captain.
Bandula Warnapura. pic/ Midday archives 

>> 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 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 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.