If Sachin Tendulkar mastered the straight drive, square cut was owned by Rahul Dravid, it is Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara who demonstrates the art of cover drives without any ease. Be it Test, One Day Internationals (ODIs) or Twenty20, Sangakkara’s cover drives have always been sheer treat to watch. Watching Sangakkara go down on one knee to perfect the drive was really inspiring for budding cricketers and he can easily be the perfect role model for an upcoming cricketer who wants to master his batting technique. READ: Kumar Sangakkara given guard of honour before start of 2nd Test against India at Colombo

It is just sad that the ongoing second Test between India and Sri Lanka is the wicketkeeper-batsman’s final international appearance for his country. A tribute to him by compiling his cover drives is a great way to bid adieu to one of the greatest cricketers of all time.

Be it current cricketers or former, each and every one made sure they had paid him the tribute he thoroughly deserved before entering the field for his last game. “He’s a great cricketer and terrific person. He is a dedicated player who served Sri Lankan cricket so well. He and (Mahela) Jayawardene were great opponents. I loved playing against him, as he was a great competitor. He’s someone I really enjoyed watching and sharing the same cricket field with,” Rahul Dravid said. VIDEO: Best of Kumar Sangakkara, 192 against Australia at Hobart

Meanwhile, Tendulkar admitted that he hated when Sangakkara got going. “He had his own style of batting. Left-handers are generally good to watch, and so was he. Of course, as an opposition player, I naturally didn’t enjoy watching him bat when he got going! Sangakkara has had a great, accomplished career. He has been a role model for not just the Sri Lankans, but for cricketers across the world,” Tendulkar said.