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Eight short in Hobart

Following his departure from the international cricket scene, we look back eight years ago to one of Kumar Sangakkara's finest innings

 

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  • POSTED BY aboosa6911448 on | September 17, 2015, 9:13 GMT

    When you love test cricket, watching innings like Sangakkara's 192, Lara's 153* in Bridgetown v Australia or the 213 in Kingston against the same or VVS magical 281 at Eden Gardens just brings a feeling of pure joy. You don't have to be a supporter of the team of the player to appreciate the skill, incredible endurance and mental fortitude that goes into such an innings. It is a privilege to watch them in action.

  • POSTED BY Sajish on | September 16, 2015, 7:51 GMT

    The most unsung hero from Indian Sub Continent. I Salute this great Cricketer Kumar Sangakkara. The most decent cricketer and played cricket in true spirits. If he would have born in India, he would have become a Super Hero. However this class cricketer has won millions of followers all over the world. I really saddened by his sudden retirement. As far as this Innings of 192 at Hobart, should rate as the best Test Innings ever played on a Foreign Soil. No Tendulkars or Bradmans come near to that. What an Innings, I have seen this on TV. Wonderful. Giving Australia the shock till that unfortunate ball from Stuart Clark. If he would have get partners early on at the other end, the story would have been different and a World Record Chase in Test Cricket would arise. Hats off you Mr. Sangakkara, Wishing all the very best for your Retired life from International Cricket. I wish he will get a chance to play in the Next IPL as we fans want to watch him so close..Miss you Dear Sanga..

  • POSTED BY Paul on | September 16, 2015, 7:44 GMT

    He has equaled the number of Double Centuries as Bradman, at least in my book.

  • POSTED BY Ashok on | September 16, 2015, 5:32 GMT

    I still remember that test match: Sanga played an incredible innings until he got an absolute shocker. Until then, it looked like he might take Sri Lanka home to the most improbable of wins. That 192 must surely rank among the most heroic innings in defeat

  • POSTED BY SARAVANAN on | September 15, 2015, 16:30 GMT

    @TIGRR ON: If you are true cricket follower forgetting which team you support for, am sure that you would not rate the entire Australian side or Sanga any closer to the likes of Indian players during the last generation when all these incidents referred to here happened. Sanga standing behind the stumps was never below standards compared to the Australians (especially Ponting) on how they behave on-field.. on the other side, Indian players (barring Sourav - always an agressive player but never does an ugly claims) were true gentlemen with likes of Dravid, VVS, SRT, Kumble, etc.. Right now, the current generation of cricketers from almost all the countries are growing (rather trained) to be aggressive and claim all possible (ugly too) decisions in their favor.. I'm not a hater of SL but this is the fact which most of the cricket followers willl agree to..

  • POSTED BY srikanthan on | September 15, 2015, 14:52 GMT

    Yeah someone does not like India and likes Sri Lanka but the unanimous opinion amongst all fans other than the Australian fans would be that no one likes the boorish Australians. Sri Lanka yes, behave well but so was the case with India when they were not expected to win anything. hgeBefore Sunil Gavaskar came in, they were perenniel losers and advent of the Little Master saw the standards of behaviour go down. He was an equal and demonstrated so .

    Once you get in to a stage where you have the players and wherewithal to win, you start questioning decisions and behaviour standards become normal which means good at times, bad at times but Australians, boors

    How was the behaviour of Sri Lankans during the recent series it was as bad as the Indians , reason is they have come to a stage where they can compete and win and no longer the ones who just play.

  • POSTED BY Kartik Saboo on | September 15, 2015, 14:05 GMT

    @TIGRR ON: Are you seriously comparing one wrong umpiring decision in the match against SL to 13 wrong umpiring decisions in the match + the Monkey-gate? And India's furore wasn't for the umpiring decisions alone, it was also an issue with the spirit of Ricky Ponting, who 'told' the umpire that Ganguly was out caught by slips, when the replays suggested otherwise, also in the first innings, he was the one who had edged and not walked, & then claimed a false bat-pad catch in the next. Also, Monkey-gate.. The Language-gap led to an unfortunate confusion & anger amongst both camps.

    I am not trying or wanting to argue on what happened or what not, but your explanation on 'disliking' India without knowing the entire episode is unfortunate.

  • POSTED BY Kieran on | September 15, 2015, 13:07 GMT

    This match demonstrates why to this day I like Sri Lanka and dislike India.

    A few months earlier, India had lost at Sydney, perhaps getting a rough ride from the umpires (particularly Steve Bucknor). They were threatening to take their bat and ball and go home, despite the fact that Bucknor had gifted them a test in England a few months before.

    In comparison, when Sangakkara was incorrectly given out, at the end of the game he shook hands with that umpire. Not just one of the greatest players of his generation, but a true gentleman of the game.

  • POSTED BY Unni on | September 15, 2015, 11:56 GMT

    I saw this match. Given wrongly caught off the shoulder/helmet. Had he stayed, he would single handedly have won the match for Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY Tharindu on | September 9, 2015, 6:28 GMT

    Batting with the tail, he made shot-playing against the likes of Bret Lee look easy. The way he was going, he could have won the match, but there was little chance of happening so. May be the wrong decision is a blessing in disguise to give this inning a historic value rather than Sanga falling short or the remaining couple of wickets falling.

  • POSTED BY Cricinfouser on | September 7, 2015, 5:16 GMT

    yes, it was one of the finest inning played by a batsman against a good pace from Aussies. The important part is that this inning from Sanga came in 4th inning chasing a big total to win and it almost took Srilanka to win in that test.