Watch Kumar Sangakkara Farewell Speech Video At The End Of 2nd Test SL vs India 2015

Kumar Sangakkara was born on 27 October 1977. He is a former professional Sri Lankan cricketer, a former test, one-day and T20 player, and former captain of the Sri Lankan national team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He is also arguably the greatest Sri Lankan to play the game along with long time team mate and friend, Mahela Jayawardene and holds numerous batting records in the modern era across all formats of the game. A left-handed top-order batsman, he is also a record-breaking wicket-keeper, although he no longer keeps wickets at Test level. Currently, he is the second-highest run-scorer in ODI cricket and the fifth-highest run scorer in Test cricket. Now below get complete details of Kumar Sangakkara Farewell Speech.Watch Kumar Sangakkara Farewell Speech Video At The End Of 2nd Test SL vs India 2015

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Your excellency, the President of Sri Lanka, the honourable Prime Minister, Members of Parliament, all the well wishers and the invitees, fans, all my friends, my family – who are all here, which is a rare occasion that all of us are together – Virat Kohli and the Indian team, Angelo and my team, I have got so many people to thank here.

Starting of with my school, Trinity college gave me a fantastic grounding in life and I owe a lot to that for what I’ve achieved to today. To all my coaches, my father used to take me to so many coaches when I was young. Mr. Sunil Fernando, he has coached me from the age of 12, everything that he’s taught me has stood me in very good stead. He was from my rival school but he was kind enough to coach me.Whenever I go to Kindly, my father still takes me to him and I spend a couple of hours in the cement nets where I used to play as a kid trying to refine my basics a little more.

To all my past captains and my all my teammates, thanks a lot for all that you’ve done for me. The support that I’ve achieved, the inspiration, the drive and the commitment you’ve shown, not just to the game, also to each other, I value them very very highly. I am going to miss all those times in the dressing room talking, laughing…talking about nonsense, talking about cricket, I am going to miss that. To Charlie and Suthami Austin, you’ve become much more than a manager, you’ve become family. I know I’ve not thanked you enough in the past, but today I’d like to say a huge thank you for being friends, my manager and most of all for making me the god-father of your beautiful children.

A lot of people asked me who inspired me, I didn’t have to go far for inspiration because I have my parents here with me. I am sorry but I don’t want to embarrass you too much but I didn’t have to look too far from home for inspiration because I’ve had the most amazing parents anyone could wish for. I’ve had amazing siblings and all the support and love they’ve showed over the years whether I played cricket or not, whether I did well or not the only place I could go and feel safe was at home. A big thank you to all my in-laws, I’ve been blessed with an extended family. They always say you can’t choose family, you can only choose your friends but I am glad I was born as your son and your sibling, thank you very much.

I am sorry I don’t usually get emotional but it is very rarely when my parents and my siblings come and watch me play and I am very very thankful. To cap it all off, I’ve had 15 wonderful years and everyone asks me what my achievement was the World Cup win, the hundreds I’ve scored. But I would like to say, when I look up at the box today and see all my friends, the people I’ve known for 30 years of my life, people I’ve met later in life, all coming here on a Monday to support me. To have all my family here, my friends here and after this day is over to sit down at home and spend some time with my family and to see that they still love me no matter what happens, no matter whether I win or lose that their love is unconditional that will be my greatest achievement. To all the Sri Lankan fans, it gives me immense pleasure to represent all of you.

To Virat and the Indian team, thank you for everything, your kindness and all the words. I can’t ask for anything more than tough cricket when I am leaving. Thank you very much for putting in the effort. You guys over the years, have been our toughest opponents. Doesn’t matter if we’ve lost today, we’ll try and beat you in the next team (smiles). Thank you for the toughness and thank you for really making it a privilege of mine to play against you. Angi (Mathews), you have an amazing team and an amazing future. I just hope you will work hard and enjoy this sport, the sport we have only for a short time – it comes and goes but don’t be afraid. Take pride in what you do and don’t be afraid to lose when you’re searching for a win and keep the the Sri Lankan flag flying high.

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Kumar Sangakkara Farewell Speech Video

Kumar Sangakkara Cricket Career Stats Records

Runs scored12,40014,234138218,141
Batting average57.4041.9831.4042.68
Top score31916978169


World records are bold


  • Highest aggregate of runs- Sangakkara (12,400) in 134 matches at an Average of 57.40
  • Most double centuries in a career – Sangakkara has 11 double centuries in tests, second only to 12 double centuries by Don Bradman.
  • Most number of centuries – Sangakkara has 38 centuries in 131 matches. He is fourth in the list, only behind 51 of Sachin Tendulkar, 45 of Jacques Kallis and 41 of Ricky Ponting.
  • Highest average (qualification 5000 runs.) by a Sri Lankan – Sangakkara (57.40)- fifth highest overall after Donald Bradman, Ken Barrington, Wally Hammond and Garfield Sobers.
  • Most number of half centuries – Sangakkara has 52 half-centuries in 131 matches. He is seventh in the list.
  • Most number of dismissals (includes wicket-keeping) – Sangakkara has taken (197 dismissals) in 131 matches.
  • First player to score 150+ scores in four consecutive Test matches.
  • Fastest 8,000 runs – Sangakkara (152 innings)
  • Fastest 9,000 runs – Sangakkara (172 innings)
  • Fastest 11,000 runs – Sangakkara (208 innings)
  • Fastest 12,000 runs – Sangakkara (224 innings)
  • Highest partnership for any wicket – 624 for the third wicket by Kumara Sangakkara (287) & Mahela Jayawardene (374) against South Africa in 2006.
  • Most partnership runs for the 3rd wicket – Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene (scored 5890 runs )
  • Most runs in Year 2014 – 1483 runs in 12 matches with 4 hundreds and 9 fifties with average 71.09

One-Day Internationals

  • Highest aggregate of runs – Sangakkara (14,234) in 404 matches at an Average of 41.98. He is second in the list.
  • First Sri Lankan to pass 14,000 runs.
  • Most number of half centuries – Sangakkara has 93 half-centuries in 404 matches. He is second in the list.
  • Most number of dismissals (includes wicket-keeping) – Sangakkara has taken (501 dismissals = 402 ct. + 99 st.) in 404 matches.
  • Highest 2nd wicket partnership – 212* by Lahiru Thirimanne & Kumara Sangakkara against England Welington in 2015.
  • Most stumpings in career as a wicketkeeper in ODIs – 99 by Kumara Sangakkara.
  • Most runs in Year 2014 – 1256 runs in 28 matches with 4 hundreds and 8 fifties with the average 46.51
  • Most runs in cricket in all formats of the game in a calendar year – Sangakkara scored 2868 runs in year 2014. (1493 Tests + 1256 ODIs + 119 T20Is)
  • First batsman to score four consecutive hundreds – centuries against Bangladesh (105*), England (117*), Australia (104) and Scotland (124) in the 2015 ICC World Cup.

World Cups

  • Most number of dismissals (includes wicket-keeping) – Kumara Sangakkara (54) in 25 matches.
  • Fastest century by a Sri Lankan – Sangakkara scored his 23rd ODI century by 70 balls against England on 1 March 2015.

When considering total runs scored in all forms of the game, Sangakkara is second only to Indian Sachin Tendulkar, where Sangakkara scored 28,016 international runs and Tendulkar has scored 34,357 international runs.

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