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Sangakkara to retire from ODI after WC

Former Sri Lankan Captain Kumar Sangakkara has planned to quit one day international after the ICC World Cup to be held jointly in Australia and New Zealand next year.

 

Sangakkara who had retired from T20 Internationals after winning the title of ICC T20 World Cup held in Bangladesh last month will pursue his career in test matches.

 

Sangakkara who is regarded as one of the best sports man of the game has played 369 ODI and has scored 12,500 runs. He is in the list of leading run scorer in ODI in number four behind master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky pointing and his team mate and former Sri Lankan Captain Sanath Jayasuriya.

 

The 36 years old Sangakkara has scored 18 centuries and 85 half centuries so far. With the help of his half century in the final of ICC T20 World Cup Sri Lanka ended the drought of loosing the final of World Cup and won the title for the first time beating India.

 

“I still enjoy playing cricket and to wear the jersey of Sri Lanka in the field. It is my immense pleasure to have played for nearly about 14 years for Sri Lanka. I am thinking of quitting ODI and want to pursue my game in Test matches,” says the former captain.

 

He was one of the important members of the team during Sri Lanka’s World Cup in 2007 and 2011 along with T20 World Cup final in the year 2009, 2012 and 2014.

 

Sangakkara who wishes to play test matches after his retirement in ODI has played 122 matches scoring 11,151 runs with 35 centuries.

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