Kumar Sangakkara's Test retirement: Who said what
Who said what after Sangakkara played his final innings.
The legend of Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara played his last innings today when he got out at 18 off India's Ravichandran Ashwain's delivery. It wasn't a dramatic end to Sangakkara's career, Ashwin dismissed him for the fourth time in four innings.
His family, friends and everyone else who admired his game, were there today at the P Sara Stadium in Colombo. He played 134-Test matches and scored 12,400 runs at an average of 57.40, with 38 centuries. The 37-year-old batsman is the fifth highest run-scorer in history, he debuted for Sri Lanka in 2000.
- Sangakkara retired as Sri Lanka's leading run-scorer in Tests and ODIs.
- Sangakkara's Test average (57.40) is the highest of the top 26 Test run-scorers.
- Of those with 7,000 or more Test runs, only Sir Donald Bradman (99.94), Ken Barrington (58.67), Wally Hammond (58.45) and Sir Garfield Sobers (57.78) average higher.
- Sangakkara averaged 66.78 as a pure batsman in Tests, as compared to 40.48 as a wicketkeeper, with 22 of his 38 Test centuries coming after he gave up the gloves.
- Sangakkara is the first player to score four consecutive centuries at the 2015 World Cup.
Tribute came in from all around the world
Sanath Jayasuriya (Former Sri Lankan cricket):
Damien Martyn (Former Australian player):
Great Sachin Tendulkar tweeted:
West Indian batsman Chris Gayle:
Former fellow teammate Mahela Jayawardene said:
India’s VVS Laxman: