Sanga signs off with emotional speech


Sri Lanka batting legend Kumar Sangakkara has signed off from international cricket, and delivered a moving speech after the second Test against India in Colombo, telling the team to 'keep the Sri Lankan flag flying high'.

Sri Lanka were on the losing end of the match, with India winning by 278 runs to level the series. There is one game left, but Sangakkara won't be part of it, as he leaves the international stage after 15 years.

He leaves the Test side holding an average of 57.40, and with 38 centuries under his belt. While he only made 32 and 18 in his final game, it didn't matter to the fans and dignitaries that came to see him wave farewell.

Sangakkara said: "I have so many people to thank here. I will start off with my school – Trinity College. It was an amazing school to go to. I owe them a lot as I had excellent cricketing facilities to train during my early days.

"To all my coaches, a big thank you. To all my past captains, to Sri Lanka Cricket, to all my team-mates, I am going to miss all that chat we had in the dressing room. Thanks to my managing company. I'd like to thank my manager.

"I am sorry I don't usually get emotional but it's rare that my parents come and watch me play. I didn't have to look far inspiration. My parents are here. I didn't have to look far. I had amazing siblings. I am blessed with a wonderful family. I was blessed to be born as your children.

"When I look up at the box, people that I've known for 30 years, friends, family, everyone is here on a monday morning to watch me play and to see that they love me is great and it will be my greatest achievement.

"To all my past captains and my Sri Lankan teammates, thanks a lot for all that you've done for me. I value very highly, your commitment to the game. I will miss all the times in the dressing room, the laughter, the chats and all the nonsense talk and the cricket.

"To all the Sri Lankan fans, it gives me immense pleasure to represent Sri Lanka. Finally to the Virat and the Indian team, thank you for all the words and your kindness.

"And you guys over the years have been our toughest opponents. Doesn't matter if we've lost today, we'll try and beat you in the next team (smiles).

"Angelo and your team, you've got a wonderful team. I hope you try hard, don't be afraid to lose and keep the Sri Lankan flag flying high."