PROLIFIC: Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara is likely to retire from international cricket after August’s first Test against India in Galle.
The Sri Lankan legend held talks with team officials about his farewell match and two Tests against Pakistan alongside his county commitments with Surrey.
The India series, set to begin on August 18, was already due to be Sangakkara’s last hurrah, but he was expected to play all three Tests.
This means Sangakkara will not be able to call it quits in Kandy, but there is a chance his farewell Test could be moved to his hometown.
The 37-year-old former captain had originally intended to retire from all formats following the World Cup, but was convinced to stay on by selectors and captain Angelo Mathews.
With 12,203 Test runs, 38 Test hundreds and an average of 58.66, Sangakkara will retire as Sri Lanka’s most successful Test batsman.
Sangakkara is unlikely to catch up with record-holder Sachin Tendulkar’s Test tally of 15,921 runs and 51 hundreds, but his 11 scores of 200-plus are just one short of Australian legend Don Bradman’s record of 12.
In Sri Lanka’s previous Test, against New Zealand in Wellington in January, Sangakkara hammered 203 to continue a prolific streak that saw him make 221 against Pakistan and 319 against Bangladesh last year. He quit one-day and Twenty20 cricket recently.
Incidentally, another Sri Lankan great, Muttiah Muralitharan, retired after playing only the first Test of the series in Galle, where the off-spinner completed a record Test haul of 800 wickets.