Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara to retire during India array in August

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Sri Lanka’s batting good Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday finished conjecture about his future, observant he will retire during a home array opposite India in August.

“This is my time to call it a day,” Sangakkara, 37, told reporters on a sidelines of a second Test opposite Pakistan during a P. Sara Oval in Colombo.

File design of Kumar Sangakkara. GettyFile design of Kumar Sangakkara. Getty

File design of Kumar Sangakkara. Getty

The left-hander pronounced he will play dual of a 3 Tests opposite India that will take place in Sri Lanka in August. The accurate dates and venues have not nonetheless been announced.

Sangakkara, a stream universe heading Test run-getter, pronounced he will also skip a third and final Test of a ongoing array opposite Pakistan starting in Pallekele on Jul 3.

“I wanted to retire after a World Cup, though was requested by a selectors to stay on,” he said. “I concluded to play 4 some-more Tests. we will honour that agreement. we gave my word, so will mount by that.”

Sangakkara’s 12,305 runs and 38 centuries are a many by any batsman still personification Tests, approach above second-placed Alastair Cook of England, who has 9,000 runs and 27 hundreds.

The 132-Test maestro might be next record-holder Sachin Tendulkar’s Test total of 15,921 runs and 51 hundreds, though his 11 scores of 200-plus are only one brief of Australian fable Don Bradman’s record of 12.

“I don’t wish to lengthen my career for records,” pronounced Sangakkara. “I don’t wish to extend my career for particular records. This is a time to go.”

In a initial Test opposite Pakistan in Galle, Sangakkara strike a 50 in a initial innings — his 52nd half-century — and 18 in a second when Sri Lanka were shot out for 206 to remove by 10 wickets.

He fell for 34 in a initial innings of a ongoing second Test.

Sangakkara had beaten 203 opposite New Zealand in Wellington in Jan to continue a inclusive strain that saw him make 221 opposite Pakistan and 319 opposite Bangladesh final year.

– ‘Culture of intrepid cricket’ –

Sangakkara late from Twenty20 cricket after assisting Sri Lanka win a World Twenty20 pretension in Bangladesh final year and quit one-day internationals after a new World Cup Down Under where he crushed 4 uninterrupted centuries.

“I am going to skip personification for Sri Lanka a lot,” he said. “I had a time of my life personification for Sri Lanka. we enjoyed personification each format though donning whites for Sri Lanka has been special.

“I can travel divided happy that good days transcend a disappointments.”

Asked when he initial suspicion of retiring, Sangakkara said, “My father asked me a integrate of years ago ‘don’t we consider it’s time to consider of retirement?’ we was shocked.

“But it struck home that it was time to consider of a future.”

Sangakkara combined his two-year agreement with English county Surrey did not dive his preference to retire from Tests, as he discharged a thought of apropos a manager after retirement with a giggle observant he would “make a bad coach”.

“I don’t know if we will have a calm for that,” he added.

He likely a splendid destiny for a immature Sri Lankan group underneath Angelo Mathews and urged fans to have calm with them.

“There is a lot of talent and ability in a sauce room,” Sangakkara said. “Angelo is a illusory cricketer and captain. He is a ideal male to lead Sri Lanka.

“I wish there will be genuine enlightenment of intrepid cricket. Give this group a duration of a year and they will come a prolonged way.”

AFP

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