Kumar Sangakkara left the field followed by a warm applause from the Indian team and the crowd as well © AFP
Kumar Sangakkara left the field followed by a warm applause from the Indian team and the crowd as well © AFP

Sri Lanka wicketkeeping-batsman, Kumar Sangakkara had announced his retirement from international cricket prior to the ongoing Test series in Lanka, by saying that the current series would be his last international appearance. The Day 4 of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka turned out to be his last innings after being dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin for mere 18. Following his dismissal, he left the field followed by a warm applause from the Indian team and the crowd as well. Prior to his dismissal, he was greeted by a guard of honour in both the innings by the Indian team and from Sri Lankan team prior to the match and when he came out to field.

He is the Sri Lankan batsman who is unquestionably world class, be it his majestic numbers or his exquisite cover-drives. He was also a wicketkeeper for a fair period, good enough to handle the vagaries dished out on Sri Lankan snake pits by Muttiah Muralitharan. Finally, he is perhaps the only leading cricketer to profess a fancy for Oscar Wilde. In several dimensions, each of them prominent and some exclusive, Sangakkara is special.

Folllowing his dismissal in the final innings, the social media was flooded with wishes and reaxtions on his illustrious career and thanked him for entertaining them throughout for all these years. #ThankYouSanga was trending all over Twitter. Following are few of the reactions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His batting was too priceless to squander for the extra value he brought in as a stumper — hence he had to give up the role in Tests. Indeed, as a specialist batsman he averages close to 70.