Sri Lanka news May 1, 2014

Sangakkara could quit ODIs after World Cup

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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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  • dummy4fb on May 6, 2014, 2:50 GMT

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

  • ksquared on May 5, 2014, 16:01 GMT

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

  • 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 :)

  • 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 :)

  • csowmi7 on May 3, 2014, 16:36 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb on May 3, 2014, 13:17 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.