Kumar Sangakkara will retire from international cricket after the end of the second Test © Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara will retire from international cricket after the end of the second Test © Getty Images

Sri Lanka batting legend Kumar Sangakkara, who is playing his penultimate Test against India in the 3-Test series expressed interest in seeing how the young Indian team will deal with the rebuilding phase. Sangakkara in his column for Times of India, wrote, “It’s nice to be back in Galle, a picturesque seaside venue with so many happy memories for me, preparing one last time to play a series against India. Having fought so many tough battles over the years, having enjoyed both the intense rivalry and long-lasting friendships, it’s really fitting that I am playing my final series against our sub-continental neighbours.” READ: Milestones and records to aim for Kumar Sangakkara in his last series before retirement

“This might be the end for me in terms of international cricket, and I hope that I can bow out successfully by scoring heavily for my team both here in Galle and in Colombo, but this series should not be about farewells. It’s about a new future for both teams that will be shaped by exciting and rising young stars.” India vs Sri Lanka 2015: 5 Sri Lankan cricketers to watch out

Sangakkara wrote about Sri Lanka’s rebuilding phase, stating that there will be big shoes to fill. “From a Sri Lankan perspective, we are in the midst of an intensive rebuilding phase after the loss of Mahela and Dilshan most recently, after the departures of Sanath, Murali and Vaas a couple of years ago. Those are very big shoes to fill, but there is a new crop of players which may be short on experience but has both the necessary hunger and talent to take our cricket forward.”

“However, we need to be patient. Everyone wants to win all the time, but we also have to realise that this is unlikely – more so given the weaknesses within our domestic game. We lost the Test series against Pakistan recently, which was disappointing as we pride ourselves on being very difficult to beat at home. But it’s not the end of the world as long as young players are learning and developing.”

Speaking on India’s rebuilding phase, Sangakkara wrote, “India, too, are in the midst of a rebuilding phase. They too have lots of talented players working desperately hard to cement a place in the team and secure an opportunity to forge long and successful careers. The competition for places within a vast country like India is especially fierce. It will be fascinating to see how different players react to this pressure.”

The Test series between India and Sri Lanka is likely to be halted by rain. Sangakkara felt whether the weather is wet or dry, it won’t have an effect on the pitch.

“I am not sure how the game will be affected by the weather with strong winds and heavy rain forecast along this beautiful southern coastline, but I presume that whether wet or dry, the Galle pitch will not change a great deal and can be expected to offer plenty of runs to those willing to work hard, and provide encouragement to the spinners of both sides.”

“Usually in Galle, the key to success is batting well in the first innings. Against Pakistan in June, we scored just 300 despite a solid start and were made to pay as Pakistan’s batsmen took control. We will be looking to do the opposite here, making sure we put India under pressure right from the start of the game,” concluded Sangakkara.