Kumar Sangakkara retirement: Tributes pour in for Sri Lankan great
Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara will play his final Test against India at P Sara Oval, Colombo.
New Delhi: Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara will play his final Test against India at P Sara Oval, Colombo.
As the stylish left-hander draws curtains to his illustrious career, here are tributes pouring from him from across the world.
"If I had to pick a batsman in world cricket to bat for my life I would pick Kumar [Sangakkara] every single time." - Former Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace
"Let me put it straight. Kumar Sangakkara is the best batsman that Sri Lanka has ever produced. Aravinda de Silva will always be a sentimental favourite for most of the Sri Lankans including me, but numbers alone make Kumar a phenomenal achiever." - Former team-mate, business partner and friend Mahela Jayawardene
"Kumar [Sangakkara] has been a phenomenal player for Sri Lanka and had won a lot of matches for the country. It's sad that he's retiring but this day comes in every player's life. I think he chose the right time. To me, the 230 in the final of the Asian Test Championship in Lahore was his best innings." - Former team-mate Muttiah Muralitharan
"...for sheer consistency, he [Kumar Sangakkara] is unmatched. He has got runs world over and scored double hundreds like it is a pastime. He is equal with Sir Donald Bradman. I don't think both Sanga and Mahela [Jayawardene] have got the accolades they should have got." - India team director Ravi Shastri
"I admire Kumar Sangakkara, both the batsman and the man. That speech that he made at Lord's for the Cowdrey Lecture, it was not only a very intelligent speech, but a very brave one. It didn't surprise me because that's the way he's played his cricket and he is a deep thinker on the game and he's a man that I'd love to see involved in the game because cricket brains like his are much needed." - Former Australia captain and current commentator Ian Chappell