I will be able to pass over the sport, says Sangakkara as Sri Lanka great retiresEx-Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara says he’ll pass over cricket “terribly” however believes he’s retiring from the first-class recreation on the proper time.
Sangakkara, 39, made 35 no longer out in his last first-class innings for Surrey in opposition to Lancashire on Wednesday.
He is 5th at the listing of all-time run scorers in Test cricket, with 12,400 runs in 134 appearances.
“Sometimes you hold on a bit too long and I always think it’s better to let go a bit sooner than later,” he stated.
Left-handed batsman Sangakkara, who will flip 40 on 27 October, ended his first-class profession with 20,911 runs.
Almost 1,500 of the ones runs got here for Surrey within the County Championship this season at a mean of 106.50.
He instructed BBC Sport: “I’m going to pass over it extraordinarily, undoubtedly, however that is a excellent factor. Numerous gamers stroll away sour and dissatisfied and regretting a large number of the issues that would possibly were.
“I stroll away with a couple of regrets, like someone would, however I am completely proud of the way in which I performed the sport and what I have accomplished.
“The game goes on and that’s the beauty of any sport. It doesn’t matter who retires or who comes into play – the sport will be bigger than all of us.”
He will proceed taking part in in in a foreign country T20 leagues in 2018.
Sangakkara’s world profession in numbers
Sangakkara has published that, as a teen, he didn’t suppose he can be excellent sufficient to play world cricket for Sri Lanka.
However, a first-class profession spanning nearly twenty years has cemented his legacy as one of the vital legends of the sport.
Only India’s Sachin Tendulkar (34,357) has scored extra runs in all codecs of world cricket than Sangakkara (28,016), whilst he’s additionally the main Test run-scorer for his nation.
Mahela Jayawardene (11,814) is the one different batsman to cross 10,000 Test runs for Sri Lanka.
Sangakkara’s stellar 2017 season
Sangakkara performed for 3 English counties – Durham, Warwickshire and Surrey – throughout his profession and has produced a few of his absolute best ever shape throughout his last season as a first-class cricketer.
Some of his highlights in 2017 come with:
Eight centuries and 1,491 runs in 16 County Championship innings, making him the main run-scorer in both department this season.
A century in each and every innings of Surrey’s draw in opposition to Middlesex at Lord’s in May.
His 100th hundred in all codecs of cricket in Surrey’s One-Day Cup quarter-final win over Yorkshire in June.