Sangakkara reveals his retirement plans

Sangakkara has been in terrific form with bat in hand. Yesterday, he reached a milestone and scores his 100th century in professional cricket, which was his 5th consecutive century in the County Championship. This speaks volumes of the phenomenal cricketer that he is, but he has stated that this county season will be his last. His average this season is 88.40.

This may come as a surprise but Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara does not in any way want to be part of the game after retirement. Instead, following through on an idea that an old tennis colleague gave him. Sangakkara has planned to start subsistence farming after his complete retirement from all cricket forms. Sangakkara, who has been commentating after his retirement said that he and his wife are keen to provide for themselves, by living off the land.

Sangakkara was also among the cricketers who were chosen as commentators for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. However, his commentary stint in the tournament was short. Due to the amount of travelling that a permanent commentary job would entail, he rejected the offer. Unlike other greats from his generation, like Rahul Dravid, Sangakkara has no future plans regarding cricket.

Yorkshire Vikings v Surrey - Royal London One-Day Cup Play Off
LEEDS, ENGLAND – JUNE 13: Kumar Sangakkara (R) of surrey celebrates his century with Ben Foakes during the Royal London One-Day Cup Play Off between Yorkshire Vikings and Surrey at Headingley on June 13, 2017 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

“I felt pretty good,” Sangakkara told Sky Sports. “I wasn’t really thinking about that [the milestone], as I was just told when I got in! It hardly matters unless we win this game. Personal achievements are great but you’d rather not score a hundred and still win.” – Sangakarra after his milestone yesterday.

The left-hander finishes his career with remarkable figures;
Test: 134 games, 38 centuries with an average of 57.40.
ODI: 404 games, 25 centuries, with an overall average of 41.98.


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