Kumar Sangakkara, the top Sri Lankan cricketer announced his retirement from first-class cricket on May 22, Monday. As reported, the player will retire after the English county season, which is ongoing. Sangakkara is currently playing Country Championship in England for Surrey, where he averaged 51.18. In the championship, the player has aggregated more than 20,000 runs. He reached the milestone in the match against Middlesex at Lords.
The player will be 40 years old after a few months and he said his decision was about the end of his time in county cricket. Sangakkara will play in Caribbean Premier League after this county season and it will be final tournament of his career. In County cricket, Sangakkara previously played for Warwickshire and Durham. He has been with Surrey since the last three seasons. Kumar Sangakkara is among the best batsmen with 38 centuries in Test.
In first-class cricket, he knocked 60 centuries and in ODI, the tally is 25. With the average of 57.40 in Test, Sangakkara is marked as one of the best cricketers in the format. The left-hander batsman from Sri Lanka is considered as one of the most graceful player in the game. He is turning 40 soon, but his stance has not slowed down a bit. Still, the player considers “biggest mistake” is to think “you're better than you really are.” He said he has been very lucky to play as long as he did.
The player wants to retire and return to his family life. He has two children and per him, “cricketers, or any sort of sportsperson, have an expiry date and you need to walk away.” At Lords, he played with perfection. His scored a Test century in 2014. Sri Lanka won the series with his feat. He said, "You try to fight the inevitable but you need to get out while you're ahead."
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