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Sangakkara to quit T20Is after World T20

Andrew Fidel Fernando

March 16, 2014

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Kumar Sangakkara drives authoritatively, India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Fatullah, February 28, 2014
Kumar Sangakkara - "The day the motivation goes and you are just trying to hold on to your place in the side, that's the time that you have to decide that the time is right to go" © AFP
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Kumar Sangakkara has announced he will retire from Twenty20 internationals following the World T20 in Bangladesh. Sangakkara, 36, has played 50 T20Is for Sri Lanka, hitting 1311 runs at an average of 32.77 and a strike rate of 120.

"Definitely, without a doubt, this is my last World T20. I won't be playing any T20 internationals after this," he told Sunday Island. "It's sad, but that's the truth. It's not the end of my T20 career, though. I would like to play franchise based T20s. Once your World Cup prospects are over, you should give the next crop of players an opportunity. It's a natural progression."

A patient, accumulative batsman for much of his career, Sangakkara has been a considerably improved limited-overs batsman over the past 18 months. Though a more belligerent outlook has paid most obvious dividends in ODIs, he has also contributed heavily to Sri Lanka's consistency in T20s.

"Improving is the whole purpose of playing. When you reach a goal you lift that goal and try to achieve something new. Whether you are young or older, the motivation has to be there. The day that motivation goes and you are just trying to hold on to your place in the side, that's the time that you have to decide that the time is right to go. When you play for a team, the main thing is to win. If you can do it there is a huge feeling of satisfaction. Those are the things that really motivate me."

Sangakkara captained his team to the final of the 2009 World Twenty20, and had also been integral to Sri Lanka's charge to the 2012 final - both of which were lost. Now top-ranked in the shortest format, Sangakkara hoped his team would omit the mistakes that scuppered them in previous tournaments.

"We had a fine opportunity in 2009. We won the toss and it was a beautiful wicket to bat on. We were 64 for five and ended up making 138. If we had got to 150, we would have won.

"In the 2012 final, we could have restricted the West Indies to 110 or so. But we gave away too many runs towards the end and it was a tough wicket to chase. I don't think we played to our capabilities. The Pakistan side was a good side against spin, and we played well in the semi-final against them. We knew going into the final that anything over 140 was going to be tough. You may go into a final with an unbeaten record, but unfortunately, you can be beaten and that's the reality."

Mahela Jayawardene has not announced his retirement, but the World T20 is likely to see the last of him in the format as well. Sangakkara also said he would reevaluate his place in the ODI team after the 2015 World Cup, as long as his form and fitness held out until then.

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Posted by sheenu on (March 19, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

I am an Indian fan, but I consider Sanga to be the BEST left-hand batsman of his generation! More than that, he is a thorugh professional and an absolute gem of a person.

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 19, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

For me, Sanga is one of the top 3 batsmen in test cricket right now and one of the tope 10 batsmen in ODI cricket. But he is a liability and a misfit in T20 cricket. His classical style does not allow him to score at a fast clip from ball one. He captained our IPL franchise - Sunrisers Hyd and he was abysmal. He could not score any runs and was slowing down the entire momentum of the innings. And mind you, he came into both seasons with truckloads of runs in the ODI and test matches and in terrific form. We could win a few games only when he dropped himself. Sanga - like Clarke and Sachin is not cut out for the T20 game and it is good that he has decided to move out reducing the headache for selectors. I would be very surprised if any franchise in IPL actually picks him at a high price. At best he will be a bargain pick.

Posted by vjust on (March 19, 2014, 2:00 GMT)

Mahela is a legend, a player with amazing class. I am an indian , but to me Mahela is the greatest treat to watch after Lara. He carried his team on countless occassions. When he bats I am under a spell.

And Sangakkara is a class act, intelligent, and a rock for his team in so many ways.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

Happy to hear from foreign fans. Sanga one of the best of Sri Lankan cricketers. Whatever it is pls don't worry he still had s lot life in Test & ODI cricket .

Posted by HealthyCric on (March 18, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

I am Indian. Srilanka is going miss you Indians are going miss your fight to win games for Srilanka. I remeber the days from Dulip Mendis, Ranatunga, I used to think what's next then came this era of young talent with players like Sangakkara/Jayawadene/Muralidharan. They changed entire Srilankan cricket and world crciket. We will have to see a srilakan team with out these three but I believe there is lot of talent to come out and time will only tell that.

They will play test matches for sure for few years I guess.

Sensible decision by the way, they can make some money in franchise games next year or two and also help build young talent in Srilanka with peace of mind. Every one don't want to be a Ranatunga :)

Posted by shiminhaj on (March 18, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

sanga ye u r our role model legends really i can't think without you sri lankan cricket team........

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (March 18, 2014, 4:16 GMT)

If you need definition for "flat track bully", then just look @ Mahela & Sanga to a certain extent!!!! When you check for a player, you tend to look @ his record outside outside subcontinent because that's how you judge his ability....what has he done in an unknown territory??? In fact Mahela's & Sanga's record in outside subcontinent is poorer than VVS & Sehwag which is shocking!! Quite surprisingly, Mahela & Sanga have really struggled against Aus in their own conditions & srilanka has won only 1 test match against AUS in their whole history!!! No team can boast of such a record..;) I reckon Aravinda de silva is the greatest srilankan batsmen ever!!

Posted by shiminhaj on (March 18, 2014, 4:16 GMT)

sanga bro u r our role model legends really i can't think without you sri lankan cricket team

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

Sanga and Mahela should continue...Cause they are both Sri Lankas lasting legends..They fire up when needed...They are both needed by Sri Lanka to continue............:)

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 20:41 GMT)

sanga&mahela both are great characters they are spinal cord of srilankan cricket recent years enjoy Odis&5day cricket hope u will play 5 years &more at the end great decision from a great legend

Posted by indianzen on (March 17, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Respects from India to Sanga... I see good sportsmanship and leadership in this man...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Being a Sri Lankan it is great to see paying tributes to legends Sanga and Mahela by non Sri Lankans

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

Sanga ur a true legend ! U know when the times up and its ur decision ! SL pls win dis for sanga ! He deserves it !

Posted by iNsiDers on (March 17, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

Amazing player with great character ... Respect from Pakistan

Posted by Cricsnake on (March 17, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

Very sad day at the end. Mahela was the superpower behind the SL team in many tricky situations. He may be either the captain or just as a senior player he did everything he could do on behalf of the team. His efforts in T20I's, as a fine batsman, a brilliant fielder, a wise captain & a great leader, a respectable senior, good example for the youngsters and moreover as a gentleman both on & off the field is highly admired by all cricket fans. How he lead the team to 2012 T20 WC final was unforgettable. He provide the needed support to the youngsters whenever necessary. How we beat Aus in Aus 2-0 in T20 series was a classic example. I wish him all the very best & wanna see his superb knocks in T20 league matches in future. Hats off to a true gentleman.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

@Nasimil Ghani, Tendulkar has scored more centuries in wins than Sangakarra has in his whole career. Tendulkar's bad form lasted only for 1 year( He was among leading run scorers in Aus and Eng series). I am sure Sanga's form will drop too when he nears retirement. If he does time his retirement before complete loss of form, good for him! However that doesn't happen with modern day cricketers. Almost all modern day players struggled through their last year of their career(Kallis, Ponting, Dravid, Laxman all averaged 30 odd in their last years).

Posted by AltafPatel on (March 17, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

Out of international means out of IPL inclusion as well. IPL has trend to focus on youngsters rather than out dated.

Posted by BlueJoy on (March 17, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

Sanga is a great cricketer , a cricketer unparallelled in many aspects. Probably the worlds best Wicket keeping batsman. I being an Indian respect him for the sheer elegance, passion and the way his wielded his willow in any format of the game. I am throwing the nationality card here and I do apologize for it because when a great cricketer is retiring it is unfair and ruthless to sabotage another players achievements and experience.

@Nasimul Ghani , Why do you have to pull Tendulkar, whom we consider a colossus amongst many players of many generations. If you have to, then please make sure to check the statistics first. Sachin had played only one T20I match, which was against South Africa , in 2006 . He retired immediately from the format.This was done when he was 33 Years old. Sanga is doing this when he is 36. Sanga haven't retired from anything else other than T20I. We are so glad that he didn't.Till then Take a bow Sanga , for many his gems and that fiery 90 against us in Dec09

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

Sanga Should stay little more longer~ Mahela should have retired or kicked out long time ago!!

Posted by KneelBeforeZod on (March 17, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

Sangakkara is a way better player in test cricket than in t20s...

Posted by Vimal_Dosala on (March 17, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

One really good batsman !! Sanga, you wil be missed .

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

I can't really understand how he had climb up this T20 format. Frankly speaking he has changed according to the game. I have never seen this hard working cricketer who can switch to different levels in the game of cricket. Not a muscularly built, but he had even build that lately. And he is never a boring player he add armories to his repertoire every day. That's why he is brilliant and he is one played who has started as ordinary cricketer and will end as an extra ordinary cricketer. As a nation we all love Sanga. And the stage is set for the SWANSONG. Bring back the Glory to the Lanka Matha..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 6:49 GMT)

Hope SL wins T-20 WC for Sanga's sake as a farewell present he richly deserves! Sadly SL will never find another one like him in the near future.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

we are gonna. miss u Sangakkara...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

I think Srilanka are hot favorites for 2014 World T20 as well as ODI world cup in 2015, they have a balanced team and with Maling back at his slingy best they are force to be reckoned with always my 2nd favorite team (after Pakistan) would love to see a strong lankan showing.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

A real cricketer who wins match for his country , make records and knows the time to retire unlike Tendulker who without any form kept playing for a decade. Funny is his fans who lacks sense of judgement not to mention the Indian cricket control board who kept allowing Tendulker who has made a record of century but none by being a match winner or contributed significantly to win matches .

Posted by Asif_Iqbal on (March 17, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

Why not from the Franchies(IPL) T20 ?

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 4:03 GMT)

Whether we win the T20 WC this time or not, we will really miss him on T20. This might be a good decision made by him. We Sri Lankans really love you mate. Sooner or later Sanga ans Maia will retire for all format of cricket. It is high time all SL younger players took the challenge on their hand.

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 17, 2014, 3:54 GMT)

@Yousufahmed1. Lets take a look at these players overseas record.( Matches played in Aus/SA/NZ/ENG/WI) Dravid- 64 tests- 13 Hundreds Laxman- 57 tests-7 Hundreds Sanga- 30 tests- 5 Hundreds Sachin- 73 tests- 18 hundreds So not much difference between these 3 players and sanga in Overseas wickets. If Sanga will have equally good l record to Dravid if he played over 60 or 70 tests in overseas wickets and he is miles ahead of Laxman. Tendulkar will have slightly better record than Sanga and Dravid.

Posted by KingPower on (March 17, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

An incredible talent like KS is wasted on the T20 format....

Posted by cjchanaka on (March 17, 2014, 2:19 GMT)

Sanga was not a natural t20 player,specially this format is not well suited for him,but with his current supreme form,I thought he will play another 1 year,anyway good decision sanga,thirimanne will be an ideal replacement for him.I strongly believe sanga can play ODIs for another atleast 2 or 3 years.So best way to say good bye him is winning t20 WC.It is not impossible.

Posted by Nuwas on (March 17, 2014, 2:14 GMT)

It was like in a day today in 1996 we changed the Cricketing History by winnings the WC.... Still can remember that day.... Proud to be Srilankan...

Posted by Tweety20 on (March 17, 2014, 1:29 GMT)

We are going to miss a great entertainer and a statesman in action. I have been dreading this moment and now it has dawned. All good things must come to an end I guess. When will we ever see another Sanga, I wonder? Hope it's not a mirage. Take a bow,Sir. We will dearly miss you.

Posted by MH19 on (March 17, 2014, 1:14 GMT)

You are a great batsman and a good Ambassador to Sri Lanka and we thank you for that. But your are a much of a great test crickerter and a good one day player. I admire you on those two formats but 20/20 what a joke of the game

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 0:54 GMT)

Sanga is a legend of srilanka cricket Bye bye Sanga Thanks for the entertainment

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 0:00 GMT)

sanga I won't c t20 matches without u

Posted by SLSup on (March 16, 2014, 23:58 GMT)

Sanga may have set a precedent here for other cricketers to follow and cricket's governing bodies all over the world should be worried. I say SHOULD cos if all cricketers have the guts and foresight to do what Sanga has demonstrated here, it may herald an era where players will have a greater say in how they control their destinies in the future. Once other cricketers wake-up to the possibilities such a move opens up to their cricketing careers, boards across the world will be hard pressed to find ways to retain OUTSTANDING players within the national fold if they are to effectively compete against other cricketing nations. I like what I see. Players' interests must supersede that of boards.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 23:52 GMT)

Like he said, it is sad but that is the truth. Sad but the right decision to let the up coming crop of players to establish. He would probably quit ODIs after the world cup too. I hope he will continue to play test cricket until he reaches 40 just like Tendulkar did. In this senario, if SL plays an unlikely 30-35 tests in the next 4 years, he will definitely can go at Tendulkar's aggregate of runs and with much better average touching 60. If he does so he will belong to the class of players after Bradman, who ended up with a test average of 60+, such as Jack Hobbs of England and George Headley of Windies (the black Bradman). Good Luck Sanga, SL and the world cricket...!!!

Posted by UsmanMuhammad on (March 16, 2014, 23:33 GMT)

"We had a fine opportunity in 2009. We won the toss and it was a beautiful wicket to bat on. We were 64 for five and ended up making 138. If we had got to 150, we would have won" That is extremely disrespectful to the winning team. Pakistan won that with 2 wickets down and 8 balls to spare with Afridi not out 54* of 40 balls. Only Sanga could see another 12 runs would have certainly won them match.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 22:55 GMT)

grt player most consistent sl will miss him vry badly.hatsof to a grt plyer

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 22:24 GMT)

Respect Sanga All the best!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

Good Decision "Sanga".we willl remember alyz u.

Posted by sumonkhorshed on (March 16, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

as a fan of Sanga,I really shocked to hear the news of his T20I retirement.hope to see this legend batsman in ODI & Test for long time(at least 3/4 years).otherwise it wil be very pathetic for us.because still a lot of performance will remaining from this absolute genious batsman & wicket keeper.Though I am a BD fan,I wish him good luck.What a real champion Sanga is!Great.........

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

Thank You Sanga For The Great Contribution To Sri Lankan Cricket. Technically Sound Batsman And A Perfect Gentlemem. Please Don't Retire From Test Cricket.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

A little too late in my opinion. Sri lankans have a culture of retiring late. Jaysuria hung on until he was 41 and was carried on a stretcher. De silva too so long that even the lankans were tired of looking at him on the ground. Murli was single-legged when he decided to call it a day. Sanga has taken 2 years too long and Jayawedene hasn't even thought about retiring from T20. Dilshan is another example. These guys should go and make way for youngsters. These guys have been selfish and that is the sole reason that the lankan team is in a disarray now. Although they won the Asia cup final but that was largely due to dew. I don't see them going too far with these old legs in the field.

Posted by wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

Bye bye Sanga... Thnks for entertaining us. V wil remember u...... Hats off for sanga

Posted by sangaTHEgreat on (March 16, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

a very gud decision by sange to give youngsters the chance. so they will be ready for the next championship.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

Here are the Top Rated T20 Batsman for SL.Sanga in the Top Of that List . He is the Most wanted player among them. He failed in the IPL. Who care. He is the most valuable batsman in Sl line up in all Three format.

1 670 K.C. Sangakkara SL 2 664 M.D.K.J. Perera SL 3 661 T.M. Dilshan SL 4 659 D.P.M.D. Jayawardene SL 5 439 A.D. Mathews SL 6 336 N.L.T.C. Perera SL

Posted by Udendra on (March 16, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

It looks like Sanga has called it a day for all T20s. To be realistic, he doesn't attract leagues like IPL.

Posted by ElBeeDubya on (March 16, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

I applaud the shrewdness with which Sangakkara is managing his career. People are not going to remember much about T20s and it is unlikely he is going to set any career records in T20Is so by getting the least important format out of the way, he can elongate his career from both the fitness and burnout POV.

It may be prudent for him to retire from ODIs after the World cup in '15 too. What else can he accomplish in that format? Maybe he can beat Jayasuriya's Sri Lankan record for the most number of ODI runs or even surpass Ponting to become #2 on the overall career run list but that's it.

I do hope these retirements will only prolong his Test career. SLC, through poor schdeduling and financial mismanagement, may have robbed a number of Tests from Sangakkara's career while he was in his prime - the same is true for Jayawardena - but I hope Kumar would at least reach the 13,000 career run mark, if not more.

Posted by Niketh2000 on (March 16, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

There used to be a reason to watch cricket before this...Devastated to know that he could be retiring next year...

Posted by Saleh.mahmud on (March 16, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

No doubt that sanga is a legend of lankan cric. i think its very early that he is going to quit !!!

Posted by Cricsnake on (March 16, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

SLC should contrive more tests for SL on behalf of Sangakkara. Test cricket is the best platform to exhibit the caliber of him. He is in his last few years and we hardly need more matches against good sides like SA, Aus, Eng, Pak, Ind & NZ. Wanna see his classic batting with his current form against quality attacks.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 16, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Good on him. He is too technically correct to be a T20 player.

Posted by Cricsnake on (March 16, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

Sanga made the right decision on right time. He was the brand ambassador of SL cricket for more than a decade. Wish him all the very best for his last T20 WC & hope we could win the title for him this time. Thanks for all you did for SL during your T20 career. Captaining SL for 2009 T20 WC & he led us to the final. Kudos to his brilliant efforts. He was the man to rescue the team whenever necessary. He was widely respected by all over the cricketing world as a gentleman on cricket field. However I request all fans that don't compare those brilliant players to decide one & only superstar. All these players did their best to their respective team & no need a war to decide best of the best. Lets enjoy the game. Cheers !

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 16, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

@ Eranga Abeygunawardana - SRH's home ground did not offer any high scoring matches - u can check the stats for last yr... in the exception of CSK no other team was able to bat at ease there... Sanga's avg does not send me reeling.. if his failure was true, then the team wud not have wanted him to play for Champions League which he cudnt because of the fuss created by SLC....

Yes, he opted to sit out because Steyn, Parera, Sammy & big hitting Cameron White were needed to be on the park.... I am not contending that he is the best T20 bat, wht I am saying is that U must not demean a quality player like him with his IPL performances.... its as good as demeaning someone like Dravid in India... I am not comparing here - acc to me Dravid is at par with Sachin as long as his contribution to test cricket goes....

Posted by Great_Lion on (March 16, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

Thanks for entertainment sanga.Now he will eye to reach the sachin's world records in both the format. Sanga need 6000 ODI runs and 3500 test runs to reach that barrier.Atleast Sanga will play another 4 years and will break the test record.Probably he will finish 2nd with ODI runs.What a player?

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

I am from nepal but from the beginning I am the fan of SL specially sanga's fan, he is greater than other

Posted by Sakthiivel on (March 16, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Should have resigned long time ago, Sanga is not a worthy T20 player. Really doubt he will play domestic t20 out of Srilanka. Too late !!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

@ramz30380, he played Nine mathes ( in 2013 IPL ) and scored only 120 runs at the average of 13.33. for the balnce of his side CAPTAIN himself opted out ?????

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Well said gentleman. You know your game, your mind and your body. Will there be someone who would stand tall and replace Sanga, the great? He is not going to ruin the opportunities of up and coming young cricketers. He wants them to follow his footsteps. Wish you all the best to have a memorable T20 WC.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

Sanga is among the greatest of all time in all 3 formats of international cricket.His legendary career filled with unforgettable memories includes 100s,great 200s and many more.Specially his ability to construct an inning and bat sensibly in a difficult situation make him so special.Not only as a world class batsman but also as a very fine wicket keeper he has served his mother nation Sri Lanka.His stylish batting skill helps him to break records continuously throughout his career.He lead Sri Lanka for4 WC Finals.His contributions were the anchor for SL to keep no.1 place in T20 rankings.As a senior member of the Sri Lankan Cricket team Sanga plays a very important role.Though he is in a great form,his brave decision to retire from T20I shows his selflessness.But though his limited over career is going to end I think he will continue playing tests.I hope he will have a good farewell to his remarkable T20 & ODI careers by leading SL to win both T20 and ODI world cups.Thank You Sanga...

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

he is a legend

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 16, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

@ Eranga Abeygunawardana Wrong mate! He didnt play that many matches in the IPL 6 because of injury initially and then for the balnce of his side he opted himself out as only 4 foriegn nationals are allowed....

He is an out and out team man no matter for which team he plays and I have always admired him for that! So please do not criticize someone of his calibre! He did not opt to play IPL 7 and may well find a lot of ppl routing for him in the IPL8 auctions when he makes himself available for selection!

And remember that though he wasnt playing.. on the sidelines he was such an inspiration for those young Indian boys who were part of the Sunrisers Hydrebad squad!

Posted by rohanblue on (March 16, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

sanga is a genius, one of the best and most stylsh player of all time, always been a fan of sanga, nt only fr his batting bt also fr his style, god bless you, hope to see more of you in ipl..........

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 15:29 GMT)

Thank you Sanga for your great contribution to SL t20 team.... #legend#

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (March 16, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

Perhaps Sri Lanka's most elegant, orthodox batsmen ever, but not a natural T20 player. Having said that, he has found a new aggressive approach in T20 and will end up with a very good average and strike rate. As for IPL, well...Its not the only franchise is the world...Perhaps Sangakarra is looking elsewhere..

Posted by lovesanga on (March 16, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

thank u sir..what u have done. hope more in ENG tests..proud to be a sri lanakan.

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 16, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

Good entertainer - thanks for the entertainment in T20 cricket... Sanga hope to see you fire all guns during IPL season 8! One of the best all time greats from Sri Lanka...

Lanka fans please stop demeaning cricketers of other countries... We appreciate that Sanga is good but dont compare him with others and earn the mockery of fans of other cricketers!!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

Best T20 batsman in Sri Lanken history, based on most player of the matches Awards is Sanath Jayasuriya, He has won SIX awards just from 31 Matches ( still 5th in the WORLD ). Second place goes to Mahela for his six awards from 49 Matches, Third place goes to Dilshan for his 5 awards form 55 matches, fourth place goes to Kusal for his FOUR awards just from 11 Matches ( what a achievemant by a young Man). Fifth place goes to Tisara for his 3 awards and Sixth place goes to SANGA for his TWO awards in 50 Matches..So Sanga is not a high impact player in T20 format..

When go to 50 over format, SANATH again takes the first place for his 48 Awards ( Second in the world ) from 445 matches, Second place goes to Aravinda de silva for his 30 awards from 299 matches.Third place is Sangakkara for his 26 Awards from 369 Matches.Fourth place takes Arjuna for his 24 awards in 269 matches.Fifth is Attapattu for his 20 Awards in 268 matches and Sixth is Mahela for his 19 Awars.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

oh my god. sanga reitr from t20 After wc t20 what a sad news sor lankan fans. i am crying now because he is good batsman and wicket keeper and gentleman repect for the decision for youn guns well done sanga you can continieu for test and odi Atleast 11/2 years chears sanga you can hit 100 fifties in odis

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 16, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner Shoni's average in ODIS is 52 and sanga's 40 so does that mean Dhoni is miles better than Sanga. And on top of that Dhoni hs won all the trophies as captain on the other hand Sanga has none. "Legend". And people camparing him with Sachin. Sanga after playing 122 tests and for 15 years has only 4 100 outside Asia Sachin had 5 before turning 20. Go figure.

Posted by chapathishot on (March 16, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

Reading between what he said about T20s he will retire from ODIs after WC 2015 also.Great decision and will only come from an intellectual person like Sanga.

Posted by TestOfTime on (March 16, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

Seriously, Dear Sri Lankan fans: there is no need to bash players of other countries like Sachin or Dhoni or your own star Jayasuriya to shore up achievements of Sangakarra. All these players have done thier bit to put their countries on the world map. Sangakarra is a very good player, retiring from one form. So enjoy while he lasts and appreciate his contributions and strokeplay.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

he is a great man !!!! #legend#

Posted by nickexplore on (March 16, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

Sangakkara is the best all-round batsman in world cricket - the only player to average more than 50 in Tests (58.07), more than 40 in ODIs (40.45) and more than 30 in T20s (32.77). He is in the form of his life in all 3 formats. Let's hope that he can bring the T20 World Cup back to Sri Lanka. Can't wait to watch him play the 2 home Tests and 3 ODIs against South Africa in July, after SLs tour to England.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

Nobody cared when clarke,tendulkar retired from t20. Its just in other news sanga retires from t20int. Who really cares, the big news will be when he retires from test cricket. Kallis is recognised as retired even tho he's still playing odi's. His 200oddat believe was one of the best innings played v aus in aus last 20 years. Was heaps better than virus's 195 and almost on par with tendulkars 250 at scg. Great innings building batsman with a classy cover drive. May we all be lucky enuff to watch him score another ton v good bowlers. It will be both happy and sad when he next brings up his next milestone.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

one of the greatest wicket keeper batsman of cricket history he creates new frontier for others. But good to know he will continue ODIs and test

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (March 16, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

Bradman is the best batsman ever, Sobers number 2 - and you can argue about the number 3 - thank you linesmen, thank you ballboys

Posted by wasim_007 on (March 16, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

The blind Indian follower never rated anything better than selfish run machine Sachin. Sanga is 100 times better than Sachin...see how many times he has scored century and double hundred and what time he scored...196..agains australia chasing down 500+...was one of the many time marvelous by Sanga...

Posted by AltafPatel on (March 16, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

Quitting T20 at international level means to be excluded for selection in premier leagues as well, like IPL.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 16, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

This just keeps getting better. For some people, Sanga's SR of 120+ isn't good enough. But so called "big hitters" like Dhoni's SR is 114.00. lol Listen dimwits, Sanga is a legend and an ATG. Nothing you say will matter.

Posted by shakeena on (March 16, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

The Prince of Sri Lankan Cricket.. We Will Surely miss you :(

Posted by DiamondSoul on (March 16, 2014, 13:59 GMT)

The masterpiece of SL cricket.It's the proper time to say good bye i'd say.Mahela also will have his farewell for T20I's after this WT20. Hope he will continue his reign over the Tests in the future.Though he isnt going to break Sir Don's records he will make his own sign in cricket. Probably the best of the lost in his era. Even SL's selection commitee's player management has to be appreciated.cz i see they are leaping towards a new step with young talent.hope they get matured with time as the big guns will announce their departure

Posted by YsaKaru on (March 16, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

really sad to hear this news....... You played really really well for our country and winning the world cup is the best way to end your career.hopefully this WC is your best ever WC....and we need your service for another 2-3 years in other formats.HATS OFF AND WE SALUTE YOU SIRRRR!!!!!!!!! WE ARE GOING TO MISS YOU BADLY........SANGA....

Posted by snaidu2010 on (March 16, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

I read a comment where someone said that Sanga is better than the calibre of Sachin and Sanath. Well two things wrong, Sanath is nowhere near the calibre of Sanga or Sachin and just coz sanga retired from T20 doesnt make him any better or worse. I mean Sachin didnt even play intl T20 so according to this logic he is the best. Sanga is great player but people need to understand that when the best batters are listed then Bradman, Sachin and Lara would be in everyone;s list. They are just better than everyone around. So comparing Sanga to Lara and Sachin & saying that he is better than them maybe sounds good to SL fans but doesnt hold ground.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

great test and odi player , but not a t20 star overall a true gentleman and a administrative material for icc and as a match referee in future

Posted by SL_Boy on (March 16, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

Excellent ... he never had any support from any one to stay in the team ... that was pure talent ... , he is leaving right time ... helping others to get into the team, keep working on test Sunga hopefully Thirimanna will anchor your roll.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

It is a timely decision from master-class batsman.Anyway i hope he will continue at least another 3-4 years.

Posted by RoshJ on (March 16, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

Well played Sanga and hats off to you for the timely decision...

Who the hell care about IPL..it just a circus that's all!! @ Micky_Panda .. SR120 or 220...SL is top of the list are we? So what are you harping at?

Posted by mohammed-ismail on (March 16, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

Off course it was time to go for Sanga, if he didn't announce this, he would have been thrown away by SLC anyway. It is also time for him to announce retirement from ODI as well as he & Jayawardene are blocking place for youngsters. Hope he does that soon.

Posted by Micky.Panda on (March 16, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

Actually a strike rate of 120 is a just pass in T20 format. To win games, the team needs players to score faster than that except on difficult pitches. If you have a player who bats 80 to 100 strike rate, you want him to get run out so the team can get on with it. Many matches were lost when Kallis had a long slow innings in IPL, for example.

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 16, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

ipl takes another down. the big money that rich indian owners offer to these foreign players have turned their heads away from national duty.but who can complain when slc cannot even pay them basic wages while ipl pay them in millions. last ipl sanga earned big money just to be a bench player as hyderabad had 4 or 5 better overseas players than him. he will find it hard to get ipl contracts in future if he keeps sitting on bench.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner, I showed his IPL records as he is to concentrate on Franchise based T20 after his retirement,His last Two years IPL records shows he is not a good Franchise based T20 batsman at all..so who will buy him??? Last year he could score only 120 runs from NINE matches at the average of 13.33..Because of his poor batting performance he was DROPPED from the team several time during the Tournament..so who will buy him????

Posted by Big_Brother_of_Cricket on (March 16, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

Hats off for the timely decision. It's amazing how you are managing things on and off the field. The man is in his prime form, in a purple patch, but not afraid to say goodbye to T20s. This is why he is in the calibre of Lara, and far beyond the calibre of Sachin and Sanath. This man really knows when to hang his boots. It's clear that he'll quit ODIs after the 2015 WC, and will play one or two years in Tests.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

you made sri Lanka proud SIR sangakkara good luck in other formats

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 16, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

he may not be the best in t20 but still going to miss him.Hopefully he plays tests for another 3-4 years

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 16, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

I just can't believe some people bring Sanga's IPL stats here. LOL Are they that naive ?? I mean, who cares about what happens in the IPL except India fanboys ? Sanga has amassed 1311 runs at an avg of 32.77 and a SR of 120+. Those are some impressive numbers. Anyway It will be a nice send-off for the legend if we can win the final this time. And yeah..SL are gonna make the final once again.

Posted by Remoz on (March 16, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

IPL Just a domestic league. Not T20 Internationals. In T20I in 50 T20Is 1311 runs at an average of 32.77 and a strike rate of 120.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

Sanga's gonna retire from t20s after this t20 world cup

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

@Eranga Abeygunawardana. Sanga's Averages 2012- 25, 2013- 90 ,2014- 24.Why are you talking about IPL. Who care about IPL LOL. He playing well for his country in all three format.

Posted by sad00007 on (March 16, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

@Coolcapricorn Misbah is 39 years old and still playing since he has good cricket left in him. He'll be 40 by 2015 WC. Many other good players have played till 40 plus...

So Sanga, if able, can play ODIs and tests at the age of 40 since the pace is less, but T20 is more demanding in terms of speed and agility.

So I think ur point is... well pointless :-)

Posted by wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

Great batsman and dynamic men .He serve with core his heart

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

we are gonna miss you badly Sanga! :(

Posted by yohandf on (March 16, 2014, 12:25 GMT)

This was coming . Sanga at the age of 36.5 is thinking of phasing him out of International cricket gradually . T20 retirment after this WT20 , ODI retirement after 2015WC is on the cards . then he can play his favorite test matches for may be couple more . this is reality of life and he will be remembered for ever .

Posted by Allen.Arendtsz on (March 16, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

Dear,Sir. Sanga To the GREATEST CRICKETER IN THE WORLD. Ive supported you since i first started watching cricket as a toddler ..and as a True Sanga fan i can only say that you have gotten better with age..Which is an impossible thing i thought as you were a great player from Day-1..you are a true super hero Sanga and you would always have a special place in our hearts....thank you for all the spectacular entertainment you provided for us in T20s..Wish you all the best for the WT20.. Hope SL wins the T20WC..soo that we can give a much deserved send-off to the Great man....And hope Sanga would continue to play for us in the years to come..Cheers!!!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

that is good.u done lot.csn

u done lot .can go with proud.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

Playing 2013 IPL from NINE Matches he could score only 120 RUNS at the average of 13.33. In 2012 IP, from 12 Matches he scored only 200 RUNS at the average of 18.18...So he is Not a GOOD T20 BATSMAN AT ALL..

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

What a legend he is, he's been a success at T20 as well. Showed T20 can be played with class and not just slogging. Need him in Tests and ODI's for a couple of years more

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

we will miss u sanga

Posted by wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

We will talk about ur cover drive until we can't talk no more. You've been the perfect cricketer for all of this years. Hats off. Sanga the Great!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

I'm gonna miss my favorite player of all time and the best batsman I have ever seen :(

Posted by StevieS on (March 16, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

Fair enough, make as much money as you can before your body calls it quits. He has already served his country well.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

We will miss U Sanga, and those exquisite strokes.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 11:37 GMT)

The end of a great cricketer. It's sad to see u gone but I think it's the right time. Will miss u

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 16, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

Abdul Razaq

He is only quitting t20...Don't worry. You are talking as though someone has written his cricketing obituary!!!

Posted by Coolcapricorn on (March 16, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

So based on the reasons for retiring from international T20's, he really should call it a day from ODI's too after the WC next year. Pointless saying he will look at his form & fitness until then in making such a decision.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

Great decision Sanga.. Am sure its planned with Mahela. coz they both cant retire together.. Bad for the teama

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (March 16, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

A great cricketer. T20 will miss him but I think he made a good decision because he is 36 now so he has to lower his workload if he wanna play world cup next year and also carry on playing test for Sri Lanka. Wish him luck for his future

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

will miss the greatest wicket keeper batsman ever

Posted by KingOwl on (March 16, 2014, 11:11 GMT)

It will great to win the cup - will be the perfect send off! I think Sanga has done his job for SL in T20 more than enough. He deserves to make some more money before he retires for good.

Posted by biju666 on (March 16, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

Great News for Cricket....! Let him go and youngster's can perform... He's not suited for T20's...

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 11:03 GMT)

It is good for him. and concern about 50 overs matches and test

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

Now the pressure is more to win the world cup !

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

Hats off to ur decission Sanga. Anyway its sad. You are a real gentleman.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (March 16, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan. Time is up for all of them to retire T20I after the world cup. There are lots of replacements to try on.

Posted by neanderthal on (March 16, 2014, 10:57 GMT)

He has not been successful in IPL anyway. Dont see him getting a contract next year. So this is it for him as far as T20s go.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

End of T20 Legend in the World... This time SL Should really need to win the cup

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

Nishantha Ranathunga might replace his position in the team! Sooner than later Sangakara will head SLC and no wonder plan B is already in place for Nishantha at Mihin Air

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

it's really bad thing 2 hear.. bt i think it is better 2 announse his retirment when he is in good form... hats of sanga..,

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

sad to here... but u had done very much for SL.... as said we must give chance to youngsters as well.... hope we would see another legend like u in future SL cricket

Posted by LakshithaR on (March 16, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

It is the right time to take this call, I guess. It is also a fact though that his batting prowess seems to get better with age, whatever the format!

Posted by srinideva on (March 16, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

Its end of his T20 career.I can`t see that he can get any offer in IPL next year..

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

That's it ......We have to leave everything one day.....That's Life.....Get on with it.

Posted by Thushaa on (March 16, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

The unruly and bad ethics of the SLC committee will not follow a cricketing giant, as he will not be involved with them for T20, at least in the future. This is indeed SAD for Srilanka and the public. Good time to re-shuffle the 'SLC' ruling committee and the SLC funds audits should also start. The corrupt the ruling body is, HARDER it will be for pure talent to prosper.

Regards.

Posted by wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

Real gentleman of cricket its big losses of sri lankan cricket & world sanga fans

Posted by vpisuru on (March 16, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

Thumbs up Sanga!! You are a Legend. Cricket is nothing without you..

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 16, 2014, 10:22 GMT)

Big woopl. There are hardly any T20I's anyway, it's a bung format.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 10:15 GMT)

Its sad to see him not playing T20s for Sri Lanka after T20 world cup 2014. as far as i concern, his batting talent keeps improving with age.

nevertheless, hats off for the true legend!!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

Truly a Gentleman

Posted by   on (March 16, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

This can be taken as a precedence for next year's WC.... Sanga could retire from ODi's... Come on SLC organize more Test cricket to keep the legends of the game pass on there wisdom to the next crop....

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