Sangakkara to retire from first-class cricket following current season

Sangakkara to retire from first-class cricket following current season

Former Sri Lankan legendary batsman Kumar Sangakkara has taken a ddecision on his cricketing career. The left-handed veteran will retire from first-class cricket after the end of ongoing 2017-18 county season for Surrey.

Sangakkara scored twin centuries for Surrey against Middlesex in the recent round of County Championship at Lord’s.

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“You try to fight the inevitable but you need to get out while you’re ahead,” he told BBC Sport after the match.

“It’s the last time I’ll play a four-day game here [at Lord’s]. I’ll be 40 in a few months, this is about the end of my time in county cricket.”

“My career might have a few more months [left] but that’s about it.”

“The biggest mistake that sometimes you can make is that you think you’re better than you really are,” he said.

“Cricketers, or any sort of sportsperson, have an expiry date and you need to walk away.

“I have been very lucky to play for as long as I did so but there’s a lot more life to be lived away from the game.”

Sanga also spoke about his portrait at the Home of Cricket.

“It was a great privilege and an honour. I think the artist has made me look better than I actually am,” he joked.

“I sat here in my last Test at Lord’s for Sri Lanka thinking ‘I hope I get a hundred, but wouldn’t it be funny if I get out for a duck’.

“You never think of [scoring a] hundred. You think ‘I want to get a hundred’, but then you just try and do your processes, you try and get through tough periods, and bat as the game develops,” he added.

The 39-year old recently surpassed 20,000 runs in first-class cricket. But he wasn’t aware of it. He only knows his Test and ODI runs.

“I wasn’t aware I’d reached 20,000 [first-class] runs – I only really know how many Test and One-Day International runs I’ve scored – but it was really nice to find out that I passed [that milestone].

When asked whether he would continue to play Twenty20 cricket or not. He replied that he is still fit enough for it.

“Yes, I think the mercenary in me is still alive.”

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com