Kumar Sangakkara played his last international innings in his cricket career that spans fifteen years. His last innings was not a fairly tale, he once again becomes the victim of R Ashwin in the series. Four times in the last four innings. But, that is not Sangakkara at his best. He finished his career with among all time best of cricket with 12350 runs, the most run by any left-handed batsman, in Test cricket with an average of 57.71, which is also the best in the last forty years. And in the ODI 14234 runs in ODI cricket with average 41.98.
The southpaw scored total 63 centuries and 11 double hundred. He has the highest percent of the run contribution to his country Sri Lanka.
He is childhood nostalgia for many cricket fans, he will be strong in the heart of the fans. The hero of many matches raised his bat and acknowledged the crowd at P. Sara Oval, the home ground of Sangakkara.
Sangakkara is the tragic hero of cricket. The wicket keeper batsman played for Sri Lanka two World Cup finals but finished on the wrong side of the result.
Here are epic quotes about this great sportsperson from different spheres of cricket:
10. Former T20 captain of Australia
9. Late British journalist Christopher Martin-Jenkins, who worked for BBC Sport, The Daily Telegraph and The Times in London
8. 2012 World T20 champion West Indies captain Darren Sammy
7. Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal
6. The Ashes-winning England captain Alastair Cook
5.Three world Cup winning Australian legendary wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist
4. Late Australian journalist Peter Roebuck who was known as the harshest critic of modern era cricket and its administration
3.Two World Cup winning Australian captain and former Australian batting great Ricky Ponting
2. Former Indian captain and batting great Rahul Dravid
1. Mahela Jayawardene- 2014 World T20 champion, teammate and Sangakkara’s the best friend
Sangakkara commenced the second innings of his life, what will he do to spend time right now. Will he play his father’s recommended games -golf, or took the President Maithripala Sirisena’s offer of the High Commissioner post in The UK? Cricket coaching is another option for him. However, for the time being he is spending time with his parents, wife and kids.