Cricket World Cup: Sangakkara will not reconsider retirement

Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara became the first cricketer to take 500 ODI dismissals, during the game against Scotland on Wednesday
World Cup Pool A, Hobart:
Sri Lanka 363-9 (50 overs): Sangakkara 124, Dilshan 104, Davey 3-63
Scotland 215 (43.1 overs): Coleman 70, Mommsen 60, Kulasekara 3-20
Sri Lanka won by 148 runs
Scorecard.Tables

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara will not reconsider his decision to retire from ODI cricket after the World Cup despite his record-breaking form.

Sangakkara hit his fourth successive ODI hundred as Sri Lanka beat Scotland at the World Cup on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old confirmed to BBC's Test Match Special that he would play no more ODI cricket after the tournament.

"Retirement is not about form, it is about time and place and whether it feels right," he said.

Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said after the 148-run Pool A victory at Bellerive Oval, Hobart that he had been "on my knees begging" Sangakkara to continue his limited-overs career after the World Cup.

However, when asked if his current run of form would prompt a re-evaluation, Sangakkara said: "No. It is never about whether you can play or not."

The Sri Lanka wicket-keeper, who made his ODI debut in 2000, says the physical effects of the game are starting to take their toll.

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara on his record-breaking achievements
"Records do matter, I think. I would love to say records never enter my mind, but they do. There are certain things that you chase - you try to keep those goals. They are not the only things you chase, but as long as you do the right things those things will fall into place and come along."

"I've been batting and keeping for a long time, it's getting harder and the joints are creaking and aching, but I consider myself lucky to be part of a great team," he said.

Sangakkara recorded his fifth World Cup century, one behind the record of six held by India's Sachin Tendulkar, as Sri Lanka confirmed their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup with an emphatic victory over Preston Mommsen's side.

He has now scored 14,189 ODI runs and only Tendulkar (18,426), who retired in 2013, has more runs for their country in the 50-over format.

After Sangakkara's fourth successive century, ex-Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist, who saw his record for the number of World Cup dismissals overtaken by the Sri Lankan, tweeted: "I scored four 100s in a row once... shame it was on the golf course! @KumarSanga2 congrats on 500+, WC record and runs, runs, runs #legend."

Kumar Sangakkara international record
InningsRunsAverageHighest
Tests22512,20358.66319
ODIs37914,18941.97169
T20i531,38231.4078

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Pool A
TeamPlayedWonLostN/RR/RPoints
QNew Zealand5500+3.0910
QSri Lanka6420+0.378
QAustralia5311+1.607
QBangladesh5311+0.217
5England5140-1.02
6Afghanistan5140-1.882
7Scotland5050-1.770
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara became the first cricketer to take 500 ODI dismissals against Scotland on Wednesday
Kumar Sangakkara on his way to 124 against Scotland in Hobart
Kumar Sangakkara shared a 195-run partnership for the second wicket with Tillakaratne Dilshan
Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan
Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan scored centuries in Sri Lanka's 363-9

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