When Kumar Sangakkara announced his international retirement

On this day, a year back, one of the finest batsmen in world cricket — Kumar Sangakkara declared to call it a day from international cricket. Sangakkra was undoubtedly one of the greatest batsmen to have played the game and a legend in Sri Lanka. This news shook the cricket fraternity as Sangakkara was in pristine form when he hung his boots. He declared that he would call it a day after the second Test at Colombo in the then upcoming Test series against India at home. READ MORE: VIDEO: Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar drafted in Ian Bell’s All-Time XI; Andrew Strauss misses out

Sangakkara at that time had 12,305 runs to his name in 132 Test outings and amassed 14234 runs in 404 One-Day Internationals (ODIs). He was an inspiration for the budding talents in the country. Sangakkara was quoted in a report from IndianExpresscom while speaking to the reporters, ““I have decided to call it a day on my international career during the second test of the Indian series.” READ MORE: Kevin Pietersen: 11 shots that define his incredible batting genius

Sangakkara further quipped, “My father asked me a couple of years ago in Kandy when I was at home with him, ‘Don’t you think it’s time to start thinking about retirement?  READ MORE: Jason Holder backs West Indies; says improvement the way forwar

Sangakkara gave this a serious thought and said, “When I came back home and, speaking to my wife, it actually made some sense. It actually struck home maybe it is time that I really paid attention to what’s happening.”

Sangakkara, almost couple of months after this announcement retired from international cricket at Colombo. He didn’t have a memorable farewell as he was dismissed for a mere 18 in his final innings by Ravichandran Ashwin. He also delivered an emotional speech at the presentation ceremony and billions of fans were left in tears as they saw their favourite batsman for the last time on an international stage.