Sri lanka great Kumar Sangakkara to end career in August.
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka all-time great batsman and a wicket-keeper will retire from worldwide cricket during the Test series against India in August at home. Sangakkara already retired from one-day internationals after the world cup 2015 in Australia & New Zealand held in March.
Sangakara also retired from T20 international cricket after helping Sri Lanka by winning the title in Bangladesh last year.
“I am going to miss playing for Sri Lanka a lot,” he said. “I had the time of my life playing for Sri Lanka. I enjoyed playing every format but donning whites for Sri Lanka has been special.”
“I can walk away happy that good days outweigh the disappointments.”
Great Sangakkara (ICC Cricketer of the year in 2012)
- Made his Test debut in 2000.
- 12,305 runs with 38 centuries with an average of more than 58.
- 5th highest runs getter in Test.
- Made 20 stumping’s and 182 catches in Tests.
- As of February 2015, Kumar Sangakkara is placed at number 1 in the ICC Test rankings.
He announced his retirement during the present second test against Pakistan at P.Saras Oval in Colombo. “This is my time to call it a day,” the 37-year-old told reporters. He will skip the third test against Pakistan.
He wanted to retire from all formats of the game after the world cup but wanted to play for the two test series against India and Pakistan at home. “But at the same time I said that I would be unable to play six Test matches. I could do four and if that was OK, I will give my 100% commitment”.
“I wish I could continue playing however I know when the time comes you need to go and I know this is my time.”