Colombo, Aug 23: Cricketers and fans joined in to pay their tributes to Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, who retired from international cricket today with a knock of 18 runs during the 2nd Test against India.
On Sunday, at the P Sara Oval, Sangakkara batted for the final time in international cricket and he bowed out with 18 runs. He was dismissed by off-spinner R Ashwin.
As he arrived to bat, Indian players and umpires gave him a guard of honour as they had done in the first innings.
Sri Lanka were set a target of 413 to win on the 4th day. They finished the day at 72/2.
It was the end of an era in Sri Lankan cricket with Sangakkara saying goodbye to international cricket.
India's Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Sangakkara's friend and former team-mate Mahela Jayawardene, Suresh Raina and several others took to Twitter to salute the Sri Lankan legend.
#ThankYouSanga was trending on top on Twitter, in India on Sunday evening.
Here are some of the tributes to Sangakkara from cricketers and fans
Well played @KumarSanga2. You have been a terrific ambassador for the game & a thorough gentleman. Warm welcome to the club of the Retired!— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 23, 2015
It wasn't to be in this match but what he was for SL cricket is some thing that you can't take away. Very proud of you mate. @KumarSanga2— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) August 23, 2015
A gentleman beyond the game well played @KumarSanga2 you are legend thank u for memories🙏✌️👌— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 23, 2015
Another guard of honour surely for the last time for the great man... no shaking hands this time.He means business pic.twitter.com/st0Z4LbwMf— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) August 23, 2015
Golden era comes to an end. we're a lucky nation as well as a lucky generation to have a legend like Sanga & see him playing. #ThankYouSanga— Inshaf (@InshafImam) August 23, 2015
Never felt that weak for Sangakkara, but thank you for the memories Sangakkkara! Blessed to have watched you bat :) #ThankYouSanga— Nikhil Popat (@CricCrazyNIKS) August 23, 2015
End of a glorious cricketing era. #ThankYouSanga— Sundar Raman (@ramansundar) August 23, 2015