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Sangakkara could quit ODIs after World Cup

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May 1, 2014

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Kumar Sangakkara is carried around the field after winning the World T20, India v Sri Lanka, final, World T20, Mirpur, April 6, 2014
Kumar Sangakkara signed off from T20 internationals with Sri Lanka's World T20 win in April © ICC
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Farbrace exit a big loss - Sangakkara

  • Former coach Paul Farbrace's move to England is a "big loss" for Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara has said, adding that the situation which he left in was "unfortunate".
  • "Paul is a big loss for us. We enjoyed working with him a few years ago when he was the assistant coach to Trevor Bayliss, and when he came back I think everyone was very excited," Sangakkara said. "He's a lovely guy and he got on really well with the team. He understood how Sri Lankan cricket works, and his impact was really important for us in those three-and-a-half months. To be part of a team that won the T20 World Cup under him was incredible.
  • "It's unfortunate the circumstances surrounding how he left. It was probably not nice but England will gain hugely from having Paul in their set-up. He's a top guy, and a wonderful coach. He's very good with people and sometimes that's more important than having all the knowledge in the world."

Kumar Sangakkara has said that the 2015 World Cup could be his final ODI tournament but he has plans to extend his Test career for a while longer. Sangakkara has already quit T20 internationals, Sri Lanka's victorious World T20 campaign in April being his last outing in the format.

"That [2015 World Cup] might be my last assignment in that form of the game, and looking at Test cricket, there might be another series left in me," Sangakkara said.

"It depends on the chat I'll have with the selectors and the authorities back home. I'll be 37 at the end of this year, and I'm fully aware that it's fast approaching the time when either you go, or you get asked to leave." , With 12,500 runs from 369 games, Sangakkara is the fourth leading run-getter in ODIs behind only Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Sanath Jayasuriya, while his 11,151 runs from 122 matches put him ninth on the list in Tests in an international career that has spanned 14 years.

He has also been involved in two World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011 and three World T20 finals in 2009, 2012 and 2014, playing a key role in the latest one with a match-winning, unbeaten fifty as Sri Lanka finally broke their run of losing at the last stage of a world event.

Despite admitting that the end was near, Sangakkara said he still derived pleasure from stepping onto the field for his nation. "I still enjoy playing, and wearing the Sri Lankan shirt. There's still a huge enjoyment factor that comes with playing. As players, we're been very, very lucky. It's a high-paid job that allows you to travel the world and earn a living playing outdoors. I can't really complain."

Sangakkara is currently in England and will play two County Championship matches for Durham, against Yorkshire and Sussex, in preparation for Sri Lanka's tour later this month to acclimatise to early English summer conditions and the Duke ball.

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Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 2:50 GMT)

Better to leave as a champion. Do not stay until asked to leave.

Posted by ksquared on (May 5, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

@Al_Entity couldn't have put it better myself thanks mate

Posted by Al_Entity on (May 5, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

The problem with Indian fans is that it is all stats numbers and comparative analysis for them. They are clearly the NERDS of the sporting world. You cannot just compared a bunch of numbers and say Cricketer A is greater than B that does not make any sense. For me Sanga is a Great cricketer due to a wide variety of reasons which includes but not limited to his intellect, determination as well as versatility. I also suggest cricinfo to publish an article dedicated to each ground and runs per wicket on each ground to lay to rest this flat track debate. From what I know Indian tracks are the flattest as most of them top the runs per wicket chart. But I will leave the rigorous analysis for the NERDS. I just want to celebrate Sanga's greatness. There is a saying that Indians should learn. A candle which lights many candles brights just as much. So do not think saying Sanga is great does not take Sachin's greatness away. Greatness is not finite :)

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (May 3, 2014, 21:34 GMT)

Kumar Sangakkara is arguably the best cricketer Sri Lanka has produced since Sri Lanka's admittance into the test playing nations in 1981. It would be sad to see such a wonderful player leave the stage in ODI but all good things must eventually come to an end. Thanks KS for all the great memories you have given SL and its not by accident that since he joined the Sri Lankan team 15 years ago. Sri Lanka has done exceptionally well reaching semi finals and finals many times in the last 15 years. A lot of it down to his brilliant batting. Awesome cricketer. I doubt in my life time I would see a cricketer a person of his calibre again for SL. Best of luck for the future and all the best. Cricket's a much poorer game without guys like this to brighten the game up. Cheers :)

Posted by csowmi7 on (May 3, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

@Dasith Sean Sangakkara has played 54 innings outside the subcontinent.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

@ Cricmot all 42 stadiums and SL pitches still have a more result percentage than India indian pitches. Go look it up. Only SA pitches are more result oriented than SL pitches according stats. Apart from the SSC/Premedasa all SL pitches have been result oriented. Look up Pallekelle and Asgiriya stadiums result percentages.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

@ csowmi7 how many tests has he got to play outside the subcontinent though?

Posted by csowmi7 on (May 3, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

Definitely a good player but the true test of a batsman is the amount of runs he scores in alien conditions. Sangakarra has scored only 5 centuries outside the subcontinent. Compare this to Tendulkar who has scored his first 4 centuries in South Africa England and Australia and has 19 centuries outside the subcontinent. There simply is no comparison. Dravid has 12 centuries outside the subcontinent and gavaskar has 15. These 3 also played in an era where the quality of bowlers was much better than it is now and wickets were not as flat as they are now. No doubt Sangakkara is a good player and I feel that he will make runs in England this series but whether he is an all time great is another matter.

Posted by Sinhaya on (May 3, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

@Cricmot, regarding flat tracks, look at Galle. Starting from 2010 when Murali played his last test, in 2011 Australia won, 2012 March we beat England, 2012 June we beat Pakistan, 2012 November we beat NZ and 2013 March Bangladesh drew it. So Galle is no way flat. Look at P Sara Colombo where in 2009 June we beat Pakistan, 2010 July India won, 2012 March England won and 2012 November NZ won. This shows last 4 tests there produced a result.

Look at the test matches in Sri Lanka which produced a result from 2000 to 2010. In 2001 England won 2-1, 2004 Australia won 3-0, in 2001 India lost 2-1, 2006 SA lost 2-0, 2007 Bangladesh lost 3-0, 2008 India lost 2-1, 2005 West Indies lost 2-0, 2001 West Indies lost 3-0, 2009 NZ lost 2-0. So this shows Sri Lankan pitches are sporty result oriented pitches.

Is Murali then a flat track bully since he took half his test wickets in Sri Lanka?

Posted by Sinhaya on (May 3, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

@Cricmot, Sri Lanka has beaten India in finals such as Asia Cup 2008 in Karachi, 2010 tri series in Dhaka, 2010 tri series in Dambulla, 2000 Sharjah finals when Sanath Jayasuriya scored 189 and 2006 Asia Cup finals in Colombo to name a few. I saw many Indian fans talking up about Sri Lanka getting thrashed in all T20 world cup games so I understand the jealousy of Indians which is expected as always.

Posted by mushi333 on (May 3, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

he is a class act . no doubt

Posted by Cricmot on (May 2, 2014, 23:23 GMT)

@Sinhaya & other sl fans, You think we are jealous? We beat you in so many finals/games that we don't bother much about one loss. Regarding flat tracks go and check cricinfo statsguru and look for the records in grounds, you can find colombo has the highest average runs per the wicket and highest test score , double and triple hundreds. No other ground in the world has this kind of track record. Agreed India has flat tracks, but india has as many as 42 stadia, out of which some of them are flat, a few are spin friendly, few of them are relatively pace friendly like nagpur, mohali, kanpur. We get all kinds of tracks here. You cant say same about ur country. It got only 3 or 4 and they are absolutely either life less or bit spin oriented. Now Dont brag about the new stadium hambntota or something like that we saw how pace friendly it is.

Posted by Besolv on (May 2, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

Pls see Sanga's Stats, that speaks he is a world class player with no doubt. It's not Sanga's fault that he is not getting enough matches in Aus, Eng, SA etc.. He is a smart cricket out there, knows when to retire. Good luck for him.

Posted by SurathJW on (May 2, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

Hope you are right VinothSam. They deserve a grand exit. Winning the T20 WC was the beginning. Next comes the ODIs

Posted by rizwan1981 on (May 2, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

TZ9383

As to the question whether Aravinda is better than Sanga , my view is , statistically Sanga is better but on the big stage , when the chips are down , Aravinda always delivers . Both Sanga and Mahela have the ability to score quickly but very few batsmen in the world has Aravinda's unique talent to pulverise the opposition bowlers .

Is there any test player in the world who got to his FIRST TEST CENTURY in the flamboyant style of Aravinda when he hooked IMRAN KHAN for consecutive sixes - The audacity of MAD MAX prompted a respected commentator to utter the immortal words Ammata Hudu , thawath Haye Paarak ( doggone, yet another Six ) !

Posted by anver777 on (May 2, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

You will never know, Sanga may end his ODI career also in the same way, with a match wining knock in the 2015 Final !!!! Good Luck Guys !!!!

Posted by   on (May 2, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

Not only has he excelled in all formats, he has done that very well in all possible conditions unlike a few other SL stars (read Jayawardene) who seem to be comfortable wither in their own back yard or in sub-continental batting conditions.

Posted by TZ9383 on (May 2, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

Who is best Aravinada De Silva or Sanga I don't no how to compare this to legends

Posted by VinothSam on (May 2, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

Sanga and Maiya will surely retire right after the 2015 WC and the team will tribute them with the WC win just like the T20 WC.

Posted by Fanatic_cricko on (May 2, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

One of the finest of modern game of cricket. He will be missed surely.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

Really true gentleman retiring for sake future young players, some of indians did opposite

Posted by   on (May 2, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

I think this is a reasonable decision. But Love to see him playing test cricket. P.S. It is strange how Sri Lanka team become the 2nd in T20 rankings from 1st May onward even India or Sri Lanka haven't played a single match since the WT20 final...

Posted by android_user on (May 2, 2014, 0:21 GMT)

If he keeps his fitness levels up he could play beyond 40-45.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

Murali did same with only 8 wks to reach 800, and reached it in only one test.

Posted by caldruid on (May 1, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

Can SL make sure that the rest of the batsmen ( chandimal, thirimanne ) are in good shape for the WC ? You really dont want to depend on Sangakkara, Mahela and Dilshan throughout the tournament.

Posted by DizzD on (May 1, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

We dont care if sanga is a Legend or not. We sri lankans love every single one of our boys. You can ask yuvraj how much love he felt after The t20 defeat. And list is long, jadeja, awarded, kambli and so on...ask them how they feel. And look at sanga, he appreciate fans contribution every single opportunity. As a sri lankan fan that mean a world for us.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (May 1, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

he is legend. true legend of this generation. amazing batsman , great gentleman. amazing player.

Posted by birkat on (May 1, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

I can't understand why people are debating whether he is a great or not when this article clearly is only about a statement he made saying he MIGHT retire from ODIs after the WC. But since everyone is on about it let me also give my 2 cents worth: I think Sanga is a great, not because he is better than so and so! In terms of pure talent he cannot hold a candle to Sachin/ Lara/ Ponting/ Mahela/ De Silva etc... but to me he is a great because he achieved so much through sheer dedication and hard work. He may not be able to dominate an attack the way Lara or Ponting did due to this fact and therefore may not be a crowd puller. But for a cricket lover he gives inspiration to think that with sheer dedication and a good work ethic anyone can come upto the big stage. That to me is Sanga's legacy. That to me is why he is GREAT!

Posted by Roleplay on (May 1, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

@MaruthuDelft What a sound comment coming from you .Normally ur comments are way out of biased nature but this comment of yours have to be the best in this forum.Sports is played to entertain by showing great skills.you are right on that Tendulkar and Lara were just not about stats but also the way they played their game.Some remarkable stroke play and great contest with brilliant bowlers were the highlight of their era.People fail to see when they add kallis name to the greats who was bowing and the best part is no one remembers kallis great dominating century or a contest against a great bowler neither do we remember about his amazing spell that he ever produced on the cricket field.kallis is still great for one reason and that is stats.Sanga i dont know when people came to see him bat.Only recently great players have retired so thats why his name is coming as one one of the best batsman in that too TEST but across all formats it is de villers and kohli who people love watching.

Posted by baba2011 on (May 1, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Hope Sri Lanka faces utter humiliation in the 2015 WC and Sanga bids a tearful exit.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

isnt this obvious? What is the fuss all about? Given that he will be 37 soon it is understandable that he will be retiring.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

@studsash. & indian_boy..... If you guys want to compare sangakkara with sachin ,you guys have to consider at what age did they start their careers.sachin began his career at age of 16 and sangakkara at 23.if sangakkara played same like sachin(24years and started at age 16) , then sangakkara might be somewhere even no player might be able to pass his runs....

Posted by LegSpinBowlr on (May 1, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Hope SL wins 2015 WC for this legend

Posted by Aroundthelegsgoogly on (May 1, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

If he keeps his fitness levels up he could play beyond 40-41.

Posted by kasifdotinfo on (May 1, 2014, 15:24 GMT)

Sangakkara claims to still enjoy playing, and looks to be one of the fittest and most competitive players on the field, regardless of his age. He is the classiest batsman in the game, and isn't losing form. Many cricketers have played well into their 40s and even beyond - Boycott and Grace being prime examples.

It will be one of the greatest tragedies in all of cricket history if Kumar Sangakkara - one of the few greatest modern batsmen - leaves so many records unwritten owing to the sheer madness of believing that at an arbitrary age, he might turn into a pumpkin.

Perhaps the truth is the SLC would rather not see him reach his true zenith, and he figures they'll force him out in short order using his age as justification if he doesn't go voluntary, but the fans give him all the negotiating power he needs. If Sangakkara truly wishes to do all he can for the Sri Lankan cause, the best he can do is stay on for as long as he can and not deprive the country of their all-time great.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

The top ten ` Specialist ` Test batsmen of all time using a maximum of two players per country and leaving out players with 100 wickets or more are: Kumar Sangakkara, Javed Miandad, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Jack Hobbs, Wally Hammond, Don Bradman, Ricky Ponting, Viv Richards and Brian Lara. Sorry New Zealand.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

why he getting panic . he can play for another 3-4 years.

Posted by Rawanaa on (May 1, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

Good answer for the so called legendary players who seek personal milestones even when they were not in great form rather than giving opportunity to the young blood not insulted to Sachin but we all know how he waited to get his last century.. here the GENTLEMEN SANGA... I have felling Great as a SRILANKAN & as a true cricket lover... HATS OFF to you SANGA... BRING 2015 World Cup.. cricinfo pls publish

Posted by Charindra on (May 1, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Sanga is the greatest batsman SL has ever produced, and one of the greatest batsman of all time. Nothing more needs to be said and no comparisons need to be made.

Posted by SLMaster on (May 1, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

I do not think his time is approaching fast. Every day this guy is getting better. I even think Sanga hasn't even reach the prime unlike Mahela. I think Sanga should contribute to the team for couple of year after the exit of Mahela. This will give SL the smooth transition. Mahela's time is the one that fast approaching...in my opinion. Mahela is still good but he has already reached the top. I think Mahela should be exit at the end of the 2015 WC, and Sanga should start counting down from there based on the SL transition.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

Fantastic player probably the greatest wicket keeper/batsman ever to play the game and one must also admire his unselfishhness to give up the gloves at test level for another player to be given a chance shows the class of the man.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

Sanga knows when to reire. But he must continue with tests because he's the backbone of SL batting line up. Well played you champion. Good luck with your future. :)

Posted by jayray999 on (May 1, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

@Harmony111. on (May 1, 2014, 11:04 GMT) wrote, "Any run scored in India must be divided by 4 and a wicket taken by a bowler must be multiplied by 2 to give a true picture of the player."

I assume your comment about bowlers applies to pacemen only. In your alternate reality then, Kapil Dev at 653 (adjusted) wickets would be the leading wicket taker among pacers. Thank you for righting a wrong after two decades.

Oh and notice how we are not dividing wickets taken in Eng, SA and Australia by anything.

Which makes Kapil even bigger than he already is.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

How could someone tell this guy to go. He is one of the top batsmen in the world !!!

Posted by mjrvasu on (May 1, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

Will he play IPL? He could be a match winner

Posted by kartcric on (May 1, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

@harmony-111.If sachin didn't survive on bouncy pitches he wouldn't be the highest run scorer in intl cricket history

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (May 1, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

Great batsmen should score runs for their teams and make those runs in such a way that pulls in crowds. Our Sanga is a good player but he doesn't get anywhere near the crowd pulling powers of Tendulkar in his prime. Kallis chases crowds away from the stadium! Ponting too doesn't make you hurry to the gates to get in. Only Lara in modern times is a match to Tendulkar. Of course Viv Richards is far ahead. I don't know much about Bradman, Sobers, Pollock and Barry Richards; without at least hearing live commentary it is not possible to assess the impact those batsmen made. But still Bradman should be the greatest.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

Do we really have to fight to find out who is the best? I enjoy watching Kevin Pieterson and Yuvraj play. Does them make them the best there is? I don't think so, but it sure makes them great. Sangakaraa is an amazing cricketer, and a great batsmen, so is Sachin, so is Saurav, so is Mahela and so is Clarke. He has contributed hugely to World and Sri Lankan cricket and for that alone, he deserves all the respect he is getting right now.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 12:08 GMT)

Asia Cup and World T20 showed what a tremendous player he is. A big match player and true match winner. What's the use if you score heavily until it matters and fizzle out when it does, like some overhyped record mongers?

Posted by vkumar_086. on (May 1, 2014, 11:13 GMT)

Tendulkar is a highly overrated batsman indeed along with other so called Indian batsmen. Indians grew up on flat pitches so they cant survive at all on bouncy pitches. Indians cant even survive on flat pitches too as shown by how they got all out for 54 in Sharjah in 2000 and 66 in Durban in 1997.

Posted by India_boy on (May 1, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

@Mueen Masakeen...Nope wrong answer sir. KS is not the match winner, Muralitharan was your match winner. From Murali's debut in 1992 to 2010 when he retired, SL won 59 out of 155 matches - a healthy 38%. Since Murli's retirement, SL has won 8 out of 35 matches - 23% - and 6 out of 31 excluding BD - 20%. Your winning percentage clearly dropped after Murali retired. So who's your real match winner? Here's the link

http://goo.gl/ylmqxu - with murali

http://goo.gl/BhSaIY - without murali

Come on guys, these are hard facts, you can't deny them. You guys are trying too hard to declare him a legend. He might be, in SL, but in India he would have been batting at 6 or 7, below Laxman. Cricinfo pls publish

Posted by vkumar_086. on (May 1, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

Here are the list of 10 all time great batsmen Bradman, Ponting, Kallis, Miandad, Sangakkara, Lara, Steve Waugh, Viv Richards, Michael Clarke and Clive Lloyd.

Indian pitches are flat expressways which can be used by batsmen to inflate their batting averages. Any run scored in India must be divided by 4 and a wicket taken by a bowler must be multiplied by 2 to give a true picture of the player.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

I think we should stop the comparison and thank all the legends mentioned above for pleasing us for years with their batting skills..as a srilankan i would say sangakkara is the best batsman srilanka produced after aravinda... and its stupid to compare sangakkara and sachin..they were in two separate eras , two seprate types of teams under different transitions and so on and both have done their respectable countries proud....just acknowledge greatness when u see it..dont compare and ruin their credentials !

Posted by Metro-ant on (May 1, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

Sanga will be missed in ODIs. In tests, he was a flat track bully and never scored match winning scores on grounds outside Asia. He's also a bit of a hypocrite. One minute we hear him crying about Sri Lanka not having enough test matches. The next, we hear the board shortening the amount of tests Sri Lanka play to accommodate their IPL aspirations and he's silent. He is their most reliable batsman but I think Thirimanne will be the next big star to come from there. I just hope they don't mess up his technique by selecting him for t20s though.

Posted by India_boy on (May 1, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

For everyone who is running after me with a sword, here's a small indicator of where KS actually lies. SRT's avrg in overseas matches only, including Pakistan BD and SL increases over his home avrg by 1 and Rd's by 0.8. KS's average drops by 7 !!! Yup it's massive!!! 51 v/s 58. most of the boring run scoring records come out of SL - highest partnership, top team score...no wonder all triples from SL are scored in SL/Bd only, at least Sehwag scored one in Pak against Akhtar and Saqlain!

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 10:45 GMT)

I regard KS as first among equals and I have my reasons.

Sachin is another extension of legendary Indian batting line, he had many mentors and all the infrastructure ready to mold him a great cricketer. Sanga is a self made cricketer who rose to stand par with any greats of his day. Most of Sachin's pressure took away from his mates like Dravid, Ganguly, Shehwa, Luxman..ect who paired with him whereas Sanga shouldered the team with Mahela.

Sanga is a match winner, well it cannot be said same thing about Sachin.

Posted by rizwan1981 on (May 1, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

Dhoni48 , I am a Sri Lankan and I do not think Sanga is better than Tendulkar - But , I do think Lara and Kallis were superior to Tendulkar - I would rate Bradman , Sobers , Lara , Viv Richards , Kallis ahead of Tendulkar . As for Bowlers my top 5 would be , Steyn , McGrath , Ambrose , Warne and Murali.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

Nooo.....sanga.... this is too early...u could break all the records if u play another year after wc......

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

My understand is definitely we can put Sangakkara top of the ladder when compare with other four top players which mentioned above. He is a great gentlemen we can see rarely on the ground.

Posted by rizwan1981 on (May 1, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

Sanga should focus his energies on improving his average in England , SA and Australia - All great players ( except Bradman ) have a weakness - for instance Dennis Lillee averaged over 100 in Pakistan and never played a test in India and TENDULKAR's average in Pakistan was only 40 .

I have no doubt Sanga would be able to prolong his test career for at least another 3 years if he gives up the IPL - Sanga has a choice , either strive to end his test career with an average second only to Bradman or ply his trade in the IPL .

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 10:25 GMT)

Sangakkara is a great player and the best batsman SL have produced so far. He should definitely continue playing till the 2015 WC. He still has his form and has been simply brilliant since 2000. I am not too sure if he should continue with Test Cricket after the World Cup. It is better to retire on a high and let the youngsters take over when you've reached a certain age. SL will probably need him for longer because no one has yet been able to match his consistency.

Posted by Studsash on (May 1, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

Michael,

For your information though sachin played last few years for records he broke the records of all the legends before 36 ie 4 years before retirement. Ponting and lara made their team intimidating. Sanga is a good player but neither he was intimidating nor a match winner before T20 world cup considering all major events. Sachin and ponting were part of the worldcup winning team and they were the top run getters in more than two worldcups...sanga ???? so do not compare sachin and ponting with sanga, they are legends who will be missed by all cricket lovers for their skills across the globe. Sanga will not come close to these legends even if he plays for next 5 years. As jim said aravinda was the most respected SL batsman the world has seen.

Posted by Mutukisna on (May 1, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

Hello India Boy,you write "specially when it was lost more bcos of Yuvi's por batting than anything else?" If India had won, would have said that India did win it because Malinga dropped Kohli early in his innings? Obviously, you have still not recovered from the defeat. Sri Lanka beat India fair and square both in the Asia Cup and the World T20 Final! Give it a rest, my friend.

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (May 1, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

I definitely rate Sanga well above all the legends Sachin, Lara, Ponting, Misbah, Younis, Devilliers, Amla simply because he achieved all the runs, averages on top of his great wicket keeping. Not to mention his great human qualities, professionalism which we can see only in Pakistan, SA, NZ,WI, Aus and Eng cricketers in other cricket playing nations.

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (May 1, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

I definitely rate Sanga well above all the legends Sachin, Lara, Ponting, Misbah, Younis, Devilliers, Amla simply because he achieved all the runs, averages on top of his great wicket keeping. Not to mention his great human qualities, professionalism which we can see only in Pakistan, SA, NZ,WI, Aus and Eng cricketers in other cricket playing nations.

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (May 1, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

I definitely rate Sanga well above all the legends Sachin, Lara, Ponting, Misbah, Younis, Devilliers, Amla simply because he achieved all the runs, averages on top of his great wicket keeping. Not to mention his great human qualities, professionalism which we can see only in Pakistan, SA, NZ,WI, Aus and Eng cricketers in other cricket playing nations.

Posted by Yuosufahmed on (May 1, 2014, 9:57 GMT)

I definitely rate Sanga well above all the legends Sachin, Lara, Ponting, Misbah, Younis, Devilliers, Amla simply because he achieved all the runs, averages on top of his great wicket keeping. Not to mention his great human qualities, professionalism which we can see only in Pakistan, SA, NZ,WI, Aus and Eng cricketers in other cricket playing nations.

Posted by kartcric on (May 1, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

@Pradeep kumara.why is sanga better than sachin.Give me a reason to justify.Sanga may be better than most but not sachin

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

he knows what he does !!!!

Posted by Lakpj on (May 1, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

@India_boy if SL pitches are the flattest I don't why all the 3 limited overs 200s were scored in India. lolzz. go up mate :P

Posted by jimbond on (May 1, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

@India_boy: interesting statistics. It does show that Dravid and Tendulkar (especially pre-2003) are a cut above the rest. The top few batsman in the list are either Australians or from SA whose home tests are included in the list. It is also good to see that in the list, Chanderpaul ranks higher than Lara. I do agree with the figures that Aravinda De Silva has been the best SL batsman till date. No other batsman (not even Mahela) can match him even in flair.

Posted by MichaelBurton on (May 1, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

I am really impressed with Sanga. He is a top class act in the caliber of Sachin, Lara and Ponting. Also he is truly a legend with a good heart which keeps him above all above three. Eg: Sachin wasted couple of years with a bowlers average just for records without thinking the youngsters emerging from Indian cricket.

Posted by shane-oh on (May 1, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

@Dhoni48 - So, you only rate Indian batsmen above him? Even those that are undeniably talented but have relatively mediocre records, such as Laxman? You surely must realise how transparent you are.

Posted by ksquared on (May 1, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

@India_boy clearly you don't know what your talking about you flout Sangas avg as just 40 but failed to notice that almost all the others you mentioned have played almost twice the number of matches he has played in those countries. Going by Sangas class and work ethic he would have scored more and averaged even more than any of the players you mentioned if he played the same number of games. Besides in a batsmans list when you have Shaun Pollock above guys like Lara,Sanga, Yousuf and KP there must be something wrong somewhere! No disrespect to Shaun.

Posted by India_boy on (May 1, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

It's really sad that people are just jumping to conclusions. Most of you guys are reading to reply, not to understand. I myself agree that this guy is an amazing batsman, I only said his avrg in major countries outside Asia is not even in top 30 batsmen of last 20 years. He has the highest drop from 57 to 40 when he goes abroad. Almost all other batsmen above him have a drop of not more than 10, and some have a drop of less than 3. Then there are batsmen who have averaged higher abroad than home. Being from a country where good overseas batsmen is a rarity, I always give more respect to overseas performing batsmen.

And for those who think I'm jealous, come on guys, we beat you in 6 finals consecutively, including World Cup, you think a T20 WC will absolve you guys, specially when it was lost more bcos of Yuvi's por batting than anything else?

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

What a statement. Your a legend Sanga. Far as your fit and perform, we are like to see you on the field. All the best and God bless you.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

Sanga is a great batsman. He has scored centuries even in Australia and England. His record at no 3, after stopping wicket keeping, is phenomenal; probably averages 60+ in that position (stats anyone?). Of course, he is as great as SRT, Kallis, and Ponting---easily in the same league.

Posted by lankalions123 on (May 1, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

Good luck, Sanga!!!!!!!!!

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (May 1, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

@ Dhoni48 while that is true it isnt sangas fault that they weren't around during his time. who know how he would have played them but i doubt he would have faltered against them as he has a career average of 58 over a span of 14 years.

Posted by SLslider on (May 1, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

He can be considered a LEGEND as per our standards but not as per world's standard. There is a reason he never gets mentioned by past legends on the world stage. And calling mahela a Legend is laughable. Problem with sanga is that he only has 4 100s outside SC after playing 122 test matches. That is an abysmal record if he is considered a Legend. A good player who became great in last couple of years but by no means a LEGEND. Mahela on the other hand is a mediocre player at best. True legend to come out of SL was Arvinda and jayasurya.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

i think sanga better than sachin. both are world class players.but sanga is the best

Posted by rohanblue on (May 1, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

i am indian fan but this man is a genius, look at his avg 58+, one of the all time great in cricket, awesome player, hail sanga........

Posted by drfarnsworth on (May 1, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

"I'll be 37 at the end of this year, and I'm fully aware that it's fast approaching the time when either you go, or you get asked to leave."

What a humble statement. Look at his stats for the last couple of years: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/50710.html?class=2;spanmax1=01+May+2014;spanmin1=01+May+2012;spanval1=span;template=results;type=allround

I don't think anyone is going to ask him to leave. I agree, it shouldn't matter if you are nearing the big 40, as long as you are performing.

For those saying he is a "flat track bully" etc, stats are one thing but the elegance he displays when playing shots, especially the cover drive alone shows the class he has. I don't mind if he retires ODI's after the World Cup but would love to continue to see him play Tests for a few more years.

Posted by Ravi3079 on (May 1, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

No matter who said what, Sanga and Mahela are true legends. Each and every cricketer and cricket lover know that. People like @India_boy is is not disgrace to him to whole cricket. His averages are better than other top clubbed players.

Posted by kartcric on (May 1, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

Sanga is a great but i would place sachin,dravid,ganguly,sehwag,laxman above him,especially the first two.Sachin because he played some of the best westindian bowlers and he also faced the two W's of pakistan but sanga didnt face much of them.Add to that Sir don bradman's comments on sachin-"I have never seen myself play but this player(sachin)plays much like me".Thats enough to say sachin is the greatest ever cricketer

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (May 1, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

Good decision. Him and Mahela both are getting old so they have to consider their workload. Not playing ODI, T20 will give them the required rest they need. Both of them are great cricketer and as a cricket fan I would love to see them playing for few more years. Good luck to both of them

Posted by qpsk123 on (May 1, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

I am not sure why some people commenting on his averages at overseas. This article is informing a possible retirement of a good Sri Lankan batsmen. Why people (mostly indians fans) hate this much for Sangakkara. You should learn to respect long served cricketers. The country he is playing can be small or big. He has given a lot to his country and cricket. Respect if you are cricket lover.

Posted by Sinhaya on (May 1, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

@India_boy, haha SL pitches are the flattest in the world?? Nonsense. How did Murali take so many wickets in our surfaces? I know your jealousy over Sri Lanka winning the T20 world cup so no surprise for a typical Indian. Sangakkara has scored consistently better than others outside of Asia. Indian pitches are the flattest in the world which no country can match.

Posted by csowmi7 on (May 1, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

I think its fair to say that Sangakkara is definitely one of the modern greats but many people still dont consider him in the same league as that of a Tendulkar or a Lara. This is because Sangakkara was never an explosive batsman and never really went after the better bowlers. Tendulkar and Lara faced some of the best bowlers cricket has seen and dominated them. The fact is that the quality of good bowlers has seriously deteriorated in the past 10 years and pitches have become flatter and flatter. In the 1990s only 3 batsman who played the entire 10 years and 5 batsman in all averaged over 50 out of which Tendulkar had an average of 58 and Brian lara near 52. Can the same be said about today's batsman? In fact there have been 22 batsman who have averaged over 50 in the 2000s. I feel that Tendulkar should have retired from test cricket after that poor England tour and his prolonged stay has diminished a wonderful career and affected his stats as well.

Posted by Sinhaya on (May 1, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

My test XI after Sanga, Mahela, Herath etc quit tests. Kusal Perera, Kaushal Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Perera, Angelo Mathews, Shehan Jayasuriya, Kithruwan Vithanage, Sachithra Senanayake, Shaminda Eranga, Tharindu Kaushal and Suranga Lakmal. Sorry if I omitted any. I believe with this XI, we have 4 full time bowlers like Lakmal, Eranga, Senanayake and Kaushal and mid level bowlers like Mathews and Jayasuriya and part time bowlers like Vithanage and Angelo Perera meaning we have 8 bowlers in a test XI and that is fantastic.

Other reserves can include Nuwan Pradeep instead of Tharindu Kaushal on bouncy pitches, Chandimal as a reserve along with Niroshan Dikwella and Dilruwan Perera.

T20s and ODIs must include Thisara Perera, Ashan Priyanjan, Chaturanga De Silva instead of Kaushal Silva, Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga. Future is very bright for Sri Lanka cricket and golden years await us.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

Hei...Vijender Singh...We are not repeating the same mistake which we have done 3yrs back in the 2011WC final against your country, Where we have not played SANATH & VAAS for KAPUGEGARA & RANDIV. No need to tell them they will retire at the correct time after 2015 WC.

Are you worried about them playing till end of 2015 WC. Don't worry we will meet each other this time also & we will do like T20 WC 2014. Cheers...................

Posted by shane-oh on (May 1, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

As for Sanga, I've never agreed with this idea that someone should bow out purely because of their age. As a neutral (i.e. not a fan of any Asian nations, and therefore not prone to irrational screaming matches about who is better than who), I can say it's undeniable he is one of the greatest batsmen ever. His record speaks for itself. People like to claim that stats don't tell a whole story, which is true; however stats do tell us how many runs a batsman scores in an average innings. Sangakkara is an all time legend and will always be looked back on as such.

More importantly, he has been better the last 3-4 years than before. Why retire? He is getting better with age, as the truly class batsmen do.

Posted by India_boy on (May 1, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

Relax guys, you don't have to invade en masse! I know what I'm talking about . KS is a good player but he has scored heavily in SL (flattest tracks in the world) and BD, which has pushed his average higher than others. When I said he is below those payers, I had done my research. In countries such as Aus, Eng, NZ, WI and SA the Asian player with the highest avrg is RD (52.33), next comes SRT(51), then DeSilva followed by Yousuf, Inzy, Laxman, Ganguly and Younis Khan. your almighty KS averages 40 in these countries - a drop of 17 which is the highest for all batsmen above him in the list! RD and SRT have a difference of less than 2, which means they are as oood at home as they are abroad. Now your KS doesnt seem to be so great, does he? Here's the link to statsguru

http://goo.gl/8p07Rl

Posted by YsaKaru on (May 1, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

he can play test cricket another 3 years easily.......... GOOD LUCK THIS ENG TOUR!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

India_boy, when sanga scored that outstanding 192 in hobart in chase of 500+ runs where were you, it was sangas hundred in durban test victory that proved helpful to set a big 4th innings total. also sanga has scored 3 hundreds in nz. averaging 42 in aus, 48 in nz, 35 in eng, 38 in sa.

Posted by vkumar_086. on (May 1, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

So comical if anyone says that Sehwag, Laxman, Younis Khan and Misbah are better than awesome Sangakkara. None of these 4 batsmen have an average like Sanga as Sanga has far more runs in all forms of cricket than these 4. Sanga is unquestionably and all time great and no one can challenge that.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

!India_Boy- you ppl lost the T20 world cup and is feeling upset - we understand that. Throw a few stones. it myt help

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

India_boy u must be kiddding me :p sanga scored hundreads in his last tours to england / south africa / new zealand and that great 194 in hobart :) plus no one in da list you mentioned average 58 overole and average a 70 as a pure batsmen so a nice joke bro

Posted by android_user on (May 1, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Sangakarra is a legend .No doubt .But if they want the best for SL future it will be good that all the three retire one by one after world cup.SL has a lot of young batsmen who are not getting chances to play .They do not have to repeat the mistakes of other greats of the game by staying longer than they should .From an Indian fan .

Posted by android_user on (May 1, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

he should do it now and leave in a high.

Posted by vkumar_086. on (May 1, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

No doubt an awesome player and in simple terms an all time great. Consistent in all corners of the world. Quitting ODIs will help him get good rest too as he ages. T20 was never his game. He at times was a slow starter in ODIs eating balls putting pressure on the next batsmen. In test cricket this man is a pure perfection as shown by his high batting average which no one can match. As Pakistan were his favorite test opponents, no doubt they worked out something against him which is why he failed to score a ton in the UAE tests. Before the recent UAE test series, he scored a test ton in all test series against Pakistan both home and away.

If Sanga can score 250 test runs in England and then 300 each against SA and Pakistan in July and August respectively, he can pass 12000 test runs for the year. He must target another 1000 test runs next year and that way he can pass Tendulkar's test run aggregate.

Posted by   on (May 1, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

Hei............. Indian Boy, Are you Jealous for SRI LANKA players. All the players you have rated above Sanga are below him and below his performance. If you have any dought please check the statics of his away and Asia performances/records. It will prove that Sanga's performances are grater that even your Sachin even.

One day everyone has to be agreed with the Truth you can really see to your eyes..................We are not jealous about any of your above mentioned players they are great players (SRT, RD, Sehwag, Laxman, Yousuf, Younis and Misbah) but not the GREATEST for us...........

Posted by ksquared on (May 1, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

@India_boy what r u on about mate the guy averages 60 in AUS and NZ yes his performances in ENG SA haven't been the flashy but how many tests has he played in those countries? I'm guessing not very much so you can't say he is below anyone maybe SRT and Lara but certainly up there along side the other batsmen you mentioned.

Posted by India_boy on (May 1, 2014, 6:33 GMT)

Good bloke, but would have been better if he had scored a few outside Asia as well - the only thing that keeps him below Asian legends such as SRT, RD, Sehwag, Laxman, Yousuf, Younis and Misbah.....but, oh well!

Posted by India_boy on (May 1, 2014, 6:30 GMT)

Good bloke, but would have been better if he had scored a few runs outside Asia as well - the only thing that keeps him below SRT, RD, Laxman, Sehwag Younis, Yousuf, Misbah......oh well!

Posted by Lion83 on (May 1, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

Awsome player and a legend in modern era. And Sri Lanka has a great chance in the 2015 world cup to win it and give a perfect farewell to him just like they did in World t20.

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