Kumar Sangakkara has been a great icon for the sport of cricket. His contribution for the game has been top notch, and the sport will hardly witness a hero like him. While cricketers come and go, no one will ever be able to match the aura of Kumar Sangakkara. More than just his enthralling numbers, though, it his humble and down to earth nature which is an example for all the sportsmen.
The way Sangakkara treats everyone with humility is just commendable. The great Sri Lankan batting legend will bid adieu to international cricket after the second test against India. Being the nation’s greatest batsman of all time, the test is bound to be profusely high on emotions. As a matter of fact, even Virat Kohli, the opposing captain paid his tributes to Kumar Sangakkara.
Below, we glance through some of the quotes by the renowned names of the game, made for Kumar Sangakkara.
“He’s been a fantastic, world-class cricketer. It’s been great to watch him grow as a cricketer. Towards the beginning of his career, he wasn’t a big hitter of the ball. However, I feel that he really picked it up in the second half of his career, where he would change gears and attack at will. It was part of his growth as a cricketer, and that comes with experience. Sangakkara exploited this experience beautifully. His consistency in this period was amazing. It was the sign of a world-class cricketer.”
“He had his own style of batting. Left-handers are generally good to watch, and so was he. Of course, as an opposition player, I naturally didn’t enjoy watching him bat when he got going! Sangakkara has had an accomplished career. He has been a role model for not just the Sri Lankans, but for cricketers across the world.”
“He broke into being one of the top players and he never got out of that. There are very few players who fall in that list. You can bring Tendulkar in that league as the kind of player that once broke into the top two or three and never moved out of there. He has got runs world over and scored double hundreds like it is a pass time. He is equal with Sir Donald Bradman.”
“His ability to adapt and bat for long periods of time. He had a wide range of shots, understood his game well and obviously worked as hard as any you would get.”
“That is a legacy that he will leave behind. I think every Sri Lankan should be proud of what he has achieved not just personally but the way he has conducted himself in going round the world as an international cricketer. You can call him as one of the statesmen of the modern game.”
“A lot of left-handers really look up to him. His technique and the way he has scored runs all over the world, his numbers speak for themselves. He is a wonderful human being.”
“I have had quite a few chats with him on the field and away from the field as well. I am actually glad that he is going to be playing his last few games against us because it is a special occasion for us to be a part of. Such a legend of the game retiring, as a young side it will be an honour for us to give him that respect in his last few Tests.”” Hopefully, he doesn’t score too many runs against us but I really wish him all the luck with his life after cricket. It has been wonderful to know such a great player and a great man.”
“He has been a stalwart of the game and played this game in true spirit. I was fortunate enough to watch him play closely many a times in my career. I would just like to wish him all the very best.”