The International Cricket Council (ICC) today hailed the former Sri Lankan captain Kuman Sangakkara as ‘a legend of the game’.
The Chief Executive of the ICC, David Richardson, paid the tribute to Sangakkara, who retired from international cricket today, according to a press release from the cricketing body.
Congratulating Sangakkara on a highly successful career, Richardson said-
Kumar Sangakkara will rightly go down as one of cricket’s greatest-ever players and ambassadors. Across an illustrious career, he maintained levels of excellence whether batting, keeping wickets or leading by example.
The former captain was one of the leading cricketers in world cricket for the last 15 years during which he played in 134 Tests scoring 12,400 runs.
His achievements in the 404 ODIs he has played is just as impressive with a total of 14,234 runs, 402 catches and 99 stumpings. In the 56 T20Is he totaled 1,382 runs.
Sangakkara led Sri Lanka in 15 Tests, 45 ODIs and 22 ODIs. One of his finest hours came when he inspired Sri Lanka to the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011.
“By scoring a total of 28,016 runs across all three formats, he puts himself in the higher echelons of players to ever grace the game. But he also made a considerable contribution off the field and carried the weight of expectation of a passionate Sri Lanka supporting public, as he did his batting, with great class,” the ICC chief added.
Sangakkara was selected in the ICC Test Team of the year on seven occasions – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 and has won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year, as well as the Test Player of the Year, in Colombo in 2012.
He was also named ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2011 and 2013.
The Sri Lankan cricketer was also held in high esteem among his peers. He was invited to deliver the prestigious 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s, becoming the first active player to do so.
In 2007, he became the first player to make scores of 150 or more in four successive Test matches, and in February 2014, he became just the second player (after Graham Gooch) to score a triple century and a century in the same Test.
Bidding farewell, Richardson added, “In stepping off the field of play for the last time we wish Kumar and his family well and thank him for his enormous contribution to the game.”
Source : The Daily Star