Sri Lanka’s best ever batsman Kumar Sangakkara has announced that he will play his last test match against India. He also added that he will not play the full series and will retire after the second test match. The series has three test matches to be played in August this year and the venues are yet to be decided.
Kumar Sangakkara hails from Kandy and would definitely like to end his career at his home ground. But he stated he has no special request to schedule the last match at Kandy. He said, “I’d love to be allowed to choose the location of my final test but I’ll play where the matches are. Muralitharan was also from Kandy but he finished it off at Galle. If I don’t get to play my last test in Kandy, so be it.”
Sangakkara, who is 37 right now, playing test matches against Pakistan in the ongoing Haier Cup. He already retired from the shorter formats of the game. He quit T20 cricket after guiding Sri Lanka to T20 WC title in 2014. He retired from ODI’s this year after Sri Lanka bowed out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He made a world record of scoring four consecutive centuries in world cup matches.
Sangakkara, probably the greatest South paw to play the game, made his debut in 2000 in Galle against South Africa. He scored over 12000 test runs at an impressive average of over 58 (which is the best among all who have over 10000 runs). Only Sachin Tendulkar (15921), Ricky Ponting (13378), Jacques Kallis (13289) and Rahul Dravid (13288) is ahead of him.
Sangakkara also scored 38 test centuries, standing at third position behind Tendulkar (51) and Jacques Kallis (45) for most number of test centuries. He has 11 double centuries, just one behind Sir Don Bradman. He was named the CEAT Cricketer of the year this year and is currently ranked number 2 in test rankings for Batsmen.
At the press conference after today’s play of the ongoing test match, Sangakkara said, “I’ve had the time of life playing for Sri Lanka. It has been a great honour. Growing up as a kid and watching Sri Lankan greats like Aravinda de Silva and suddenly getting a chance to play with them. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the formats, but donning the whites for Sri Lanka has a different feeling altogether. It’s disappointing to say good bye to something you had done for over 15 years, but I know this is the right time to leave.”