Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman, Kumar Sangakkara, will not change his decision of taking retirement from ODI cricket after the World Cup regardless his record-breaking form.
The 37-year-old left-handed batsman became the first player to score four consecutive centuries in ODI cricket. His fourth century came against
in Hobart on Wednesday in which
won the match by 148 runs and secured their place in the quarter-finals. Sri Lanka
He said Lankan skipper, Angelo Mathews, after the victory at Bellerive Oval requested him to continue his ODI career after the World Cup. In reply to the question whether he will reconsider his decision after his current run of form, he said, “No. It is never about whether you can play or not.”
It seems Kumar Sangakkara, who made his ODI debut in 2000, has started facing the physical effects of the game at this age. He said, “I've been batting and keeping for a long time, it's getting harder and the joints are creaking and aching, but I consider myself lucky to be part of a great team.”
Besides making new record with the bat, he also made the record for the most number of dismissals in ODI- 473, leaving behind legendary wicketkeeper-batsman, Adam Gilchrist’s 472.
Let’s see if he can take his record to a new height with the bat and his role behind the wicket.