The result of his final test might not have been in his side’s favour, but Kumar Sangakkara is still gleeful. Gleeful, as he bids adieu to international cricket after literally ruling it. Sangakkara has been a tremendous icon for the sport not just in Sri Lanka or Asia alone, but Sanga has taken the game forward globally. The elegant southpaw is not just a successful cricketer, but also an excellent orator and a keen philanthropist.
As he draws curtains to his international career, it is time to revisit the glorious old times right from the very beginning. Below, we glance through the career timeline of Sri Lanka’s proud lion, Kumar Sangakkara.
27th October 1977: Born in Matale, Sri Lanka.
5th July 2000: Made his ODI debut against Pakistan at Galle.
6th July 2000: Scored his first ODI fifty in just his second outing.
20th July 2000: Made his test debut against South Africa at Galle.
15th August 2001: Registered his first test century against India.
6th March 2002: Scored his first double century in test cricket against Pakistan in Lahore.
4th April 2003: Scored his maiden ODI ton against Pakistan in Sharjah.
27th July 2006: Involved in a world record stand with Mahela Jayawardene of 624 against South Africa. Sanga was dismissed on 287.
19th November 2007: For the first time Sangakkara was ranked as the number one test batsman.
11th February 2009: Sangakkara was named the captain of the side after Jayawardene stepped down.
21st June 2009: Under Sangakkara’s captaincy, Sri Lanka ended the 2009 T20 World Cup as the runners-up.
2nd April 2011: Once again, under Sangakkara’s captaincy, Sri Lanka stood the runners up in the ICC World Cup 2011. He soon resigned
4th July 2011: Became the youngest person to deliver the 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s.
5th February 2014: Galloped to his first triple ton in test matches. He got it against Bangladesh.
6th April 2014: Was a part of the victorious Sri Lankan side in the 2014 ICC World T20. Remained unbeaten on 52 in the final against India.
13th December 2014: Surpassed 13,000 ODI runs and became only the fourth player to do so.
3rd January 2015: Scored his final test ton against New Zealand. It was an innings of 203.
14th February 2015: Became the second highest run scorer in ODI’s as he surpassed Ricky Ponting’s aggregate.
11th March 2015: Scored his fourth consecutive ODI ton against Scotland in the ICC World Cup 2015. Became the first batsman in the history of the game to do so.
18th March 2015: Played his final ODI as Sri Lanka lost to South Africa in the quarter final of the 2015 World Cup.
23rd August 2015: Played his final international innings against India in Colombo.
24th August 2015: Retired from all forms of international cricket as the second test against India in Colombo came to an end.