Kumar Sangakkara © AFP
Kumar Sangakkara had an emotional farewell © AFP

Kumar Sangakkara, who finally called time on his career, had an emotional farewell ceremony after the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at P Sara Oval, Colombo. Sangakkara started off by saying there were a lot of people to thank, starting with the people who came to watch the match. He mentioned his school in Kandy, Trinity College, as having made a huge impression on him growing up. He thanked a former teacher of his who is now the headmaster of the school for attending the ceremony. He also made special mention of Mr Sunil Fernando, who coached his rival school but made the exception to coach the young Sangakkara. Sangakkara further stated that every time he was in Kandy and had some free time, his father would take him to meet Fernando and he would practice in the same nets he used as a schoolboy. READ: Kumar Sangakkara: The master and his legacy

Sangakkara next thanked his former captains and his Sri Lankan teammates for their commitment and drive. He said he valued and will miss the dressing rooms where he and his teammates would enjoy themselves. Sangakkara then went on to thank his manager, saying that he knew he was a “tough person to manage.” Sangakkara also thanked his manager for making him the godfather to his manager’s children. Finally, as his emotions took the better of him, Sangakkara thanked his wife and family. He said that he did not have to go far for inspiration because his parents were always there to inspire him. He called them the “most amazing parents anyone could wish for” and also thanked his siblings as well as his extended family and in-laws. He had tears in his eyes when he said, “The only place I could go and feel safe was at home.” He continued, saying “I don’t usually get emotional, but it is not often that my family comes to watch me play cricket. It has been an immense pleasure and privilege to represent my country.” His final message was for Angelo Mathews and the Sri Lankan team: “Don’t be afraid to lose while trying to win.” READ: Kumar Sangakkara and that cover drive: A match made in cricketing heaven