Kumar Sangakkara: Sri Lanka batsman makes 18 in final innings

Kumar Sangakkara is clapped to the middle
Sangakkara bowed out of Test cricket with an average of 57.40

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara made 18 in his final international innings before retirement.

The 37-year-old, the fifth highest Test run-scorer in history, was given a guard of honour by India's fielders in the second Test in Colombo.

He hit three fours before edging Ravichandran Ashwin to gully, leaving Sri Lanka 33-2 in pursuit of 413.

Sangakkara ends his 134-Test career with 12,400 runs at an average of 57.40, with 38 centuries.

The left-hander also played 404 one-day internationals and 56 Twenty20 internationals and also appeared in English county cricket for Warwickshire, Durham and Surrey, who he joined on a two-year contract in January.

After breaking into the Sri Lanka side in 2000 as a wicketkeeper-batsman, he eventually relinquished the wicketkeeping gloves in Test cricket in 2008. He gave the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lectureexternal-link at Lord's in 2011.

Sri Lanka ended day four at the P Sara Oval on 72-2, with captain Angelo Mathews unbeaten on 23.

Kumar Sangakkara

The tributes

Mahela Jayawardene on Twitter
Team-mate and close friend Mahela Jayawardene played alongside Sangakkara for many years

England coach Trevor Bayliss, former coach of Sri Lanka, on BBC Test Match Special: "He's one of the legends of the game. He's one of those local heroes that a lot of people in Sri Lanka look up to, and he's been a great role model. He's had so many great innings over a period of time. The poise and time that he's got at the crease has been one of his hallmarks."

Roshan Abeysinghe
Test Match Special's Sri Lankan commentator Roshan Abeysinghe joined the tributes

Ex-England batsman Geoffrey Boycott on BBC Test Match Special: "Sangakkara has been a beautiful player; a stylish, excellent batsman. Nearly all the great players have footwork and he has it. And I don't think there's any doubt he could carry on for two or three years. But you get tired mentally."

Sangakkara in numbers

Kumar Sangakkara's international career
GamesRunsHighest scoreAverage100s/50sCt/st
  • He retires as Sri Lanka's leading run-scorer in Tests and ODIs.
  • Sangakkara's Test average (57.40) is the highest of the top 26 Test run-scorers.
  • Of those with 7,000 or more Test runs, only Sir Donald Bradman (99.94), Ken Barrington (58.67), Wally Hammond (58.45) and Sir Garfield Sobers (57.78) average higher.
  • Sangakkara averaged 66.78 as a pure batsman in Tests, as compared to 40.48 as a wicketkeeper, with 22 of his 38 Test centuries coming after he gave up the gloves.
  • He scored four successive centuries at the 2015 World Cup, having captained Sri Lanka to the 2011 final.

The golden World Cup

Kumar Sangakkara's golden run at the 2015 World Cup

The last word

Kumar Sangakkara on Twitter

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