Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara bids farewell to cricket
Kumar Sangakkara’s farewell:
“Thank you Amma and Appachi,” says Sangakkara.
“I didn’t have to look far for inspiration, not away from home. (And Sanga gets emotional, breaks down) My parents are here. I didn’t have to look far,” says the legend Sangakkara.
“I am going to miss all the time in the dressing room, miss the times when we were chatting, speaking nonsense, speaking about cricket,” says Kumar Sangakkara.
Sanga thanks all his coaches, his teammates
Kumar Sangakkara thanks his school, Trinity College, for giving him a platform to excel.
And now it’s Sanga’s time with the mic on his hand.
Sunil Gavaskar formally invites the batting legend to the ‘former cricketers club’.
“It is a moment of mixed-emotions,” says Indian batting icon Sunil Gavaskar. “Fairytales endings are not always possible,” he says. “But what you have achieved over the past 15 years is what is people are going to remember,” Gavaskar says.
“I wish you an excellent second innings. I am sure your second innings will be as incredible as your first innings,” Gavaskar says.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister and President hand over mementos to Sanga. And the man keeps smiling and keeps collecting these mementos.
World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga presents a special memento to Sangakkara.
And this one is special. The autographed T-shirt from the Indian team has been handed over to Kumar Sangakkara by Virat Kohli.
The president of Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club presents a special memento to the left handed batsman.
The principal of Trinity College, the school from which Sangakkara graduated, appreciates the legend and presents a memento to Sanga.
“He has truly been a phenomenon both on and off the field,” says Sri Lanka cricket chairman Sidath Wettimuny.
Big names have graced the occasion. Arjuna Ranatunga and Sunil Gavaskar are part of the guests.
Special presentation ceremony for Kumar Sangakkara commences.