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Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara announced retirement from Test cricket

Mar 9, 2015 17:57 IST

Former Sri Lankan cricket captain and batsman Kumar Sangakkara on 8 March 2015 announced his retirement from Test cricket. He will retire after playing the three-match Test series against India in August 2015.

Sangakkara had already taken retirement from One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty-20 cricket. He retired from Twenty-20 cricket format after Sri Lanka won the T20 World cup in 2014.  While, he had announced to retire from ODI cricket format after the ongoing ICC World Cup 2015.

Presently, Sangakkara is fifth highest run scorer in Test cricket. He has scored 12203 runs in 130 Test matches at an average of 58.66.

Kumar Sangakkara
• In his Test match career till date, he has scored 38 centuries in 130 matches and 51 half-centuries in 129 matches.
• In ICC World Cup 2015, Kumar Sangakkara created a record by becoming first batsman to score hundreds in three consecutive World Cup matches.
• In 2011, he was named as the ODI Cricketer of the Year at the ICC awards ceremony and in 2012, he was honoured as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
• On 29 January 2015, Sangakkara became Sri Lanka's highest ever ODI run scorer by surpassing the previous record of 13430 runs held by cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya.

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