Sri Lanka’s elegant wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara announced on Saturday that he was going to retire from international cricket and the second of the three test match series against India this summer would be his last game.
Sangakkara has already retired from the one day international cricket.
With 12,305 runs from 132 matches, 38 centuries, 52 fifties and an average of 58.31, the left-hander batsman is Sri Lanka’s highest run scorer and is the fifth-highest Test scorer of all time.
Expectedly, twitter was abuzz with the news of Sanga’s retirement from the Test matches. Both cricket writers and his fans took to twitter to express their adulation for the cricketer, who has impressed millions of cricket fans around the world since making international debut in 2000.
User @notionalview admired his ever smiling face even in the face of defeat.
User @Im_Rishad highlighted the fact that Sangakkara’s Test average was superior to even that of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
Sri Lanka based cricket writer Andrew Fernando singled out three Test innings that he thought had stood out for him.
Sanga’s current average of 58.31 is the second-highest for any batsman with more than 7000 runs. According to EspnCricinfo.com, he was also the quickest batsman to reach 8000, 9000, 10,000 (equal with Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara), 11,000 and 12,000 runs. He has 38 hundreds and 11 double-centuries – one behind Don Bradman’s record of 12.