Muralitharan, Sangakkara and Jayawardene launch KIA Sorento 2016 in Colombo

It’s indeed a great occasion when three cricketing legends Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are at the stage at the same time. The three masters gathered on the stage in Colombo last week to launch the all-new 2016 Kia Sorento SUV in Colombo.

It has been 12 long years since the first launch of the KIA Sorento in Sri Lanka. After two successful generations of the car, which is produced by the South Korean automaker Kia, it was time for the grand launch of the third generation of KIA Sorento 2016.

The launch started with a video which shows former Sri Lankan cricketing greats Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene all relying on KIA Sorento for their safe drive. The video follows with these three iconic cricketers launching the three models of the car. Later, the cricketers received the keys of their Sorento vehicles which witnesses a huge round of applause.

After the successful launch, the iconic cricketers were seen interacting with the ones present in the event. Also, Sri Lankan pacers Nuwan Kulasekara and Dhammika Prasad witnessed the occasion.

Speaking at its ceremonial unveiling, Managing Director of Kia Motors (Sri Lanka) Mahen Thambiah said: “The Sorento has earned a reputation for being a genius at what it is designed for, has become an icon on our roads, and has, in just about 10 years, attained the status of a legend. These are aspects that, to us in Sri Lanka, are best represented by our cricketing heroes Kumar, Murali and Mahela. We are, therefore very proud to say that the Kia Sorento has been the vehicle of choice of these remarkable sportsmen for many years, and that they will be the first to receive the all-new 2016 Kia Sorento.”

Jayawardene played his last international match last month when Sri Lanka lost the World Cup quarter-final to South Africa. Muralitharan retired from Test cricket in 2010 and from One-Dayers in 2011. Sangakkara too played his last game in coloured clothing with Jayawardene, but will continue to play Tests till August.