Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara was honoured with the commemorative cap on day 3 of the ICC World Test Championship final at Southampton. Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar did the honours in a special session that was presided over by former England women cricketer-turned commentator Isa Guha. Sangakkara is the latest cricketer to be added onto this elite list of cricketers.
Sunil Gavaskar handed over the framed picture of the commemorative cap to Kumar Sangakkara and had a few words regarding his illustrious international career. He said how he along with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and a few other cricketers saved the image of the game during his most turbulent times.
You Have Been An Exceptional Cricketer: Sunil Gavaskar to Kumar Sangakkara
“All these tributes you have been paid, I just want to add mine. You have been an exceptional cricketer and during the turbulent times our game faced, you along with Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman to name just three, you have been the conscience of international cricket” said Gavaskar.
Sangakkara made his international debut way back in 2000 and played the game at the highest level for the next decade and a half. He played 134 Test matches scoring 12400 runs which included 38 hundreds, 11 double-tons and 52 fifties in the longest format of the game. He was no less impactful in ODIs scoring the second-most runs 14234 with 25 tons and as many as 93 fifties. He played 56 T20Is for Sri Lanka as well.
One of Sri Lanka’s talismanic batsmen, Sangakkara had quite a few achievements in ICC tournaments as well. He was a part of Sri Lankan teams that played the 2007 and 2011 ICC World Cup finals. His biggest achievement was perhaps leading his team to the ICC World T20 title in 2014.
Along the way, Kumar Sangakkara played with some of the game’s greatest players. He shared the dressing room with the likes of Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan during his career.