The great Sri Lankan cricketer was exceptional in this season for Surrey in the English domestic season. He dominated the annual awards for the end of season with his stats that speaks itself.
One-Day cricket : He played 9 matches in which he scored 545 runs with the average of 77.85 at the strike rate of 96.97. He was able to achieve 2 hundreds and 3 fifties. The highest run he has accomplished is 124 runs not out. He helped Surrey to reach the Royal London One-Day Cup final as well.
County championship: He featured in 9 matches in which he reached the milestone of 1407 runs with the average of 177.25 at the strike rate of 68.50. He was able to score 8 hundreds and 2 fifties. The highest individual score was 200 runs.
The king of Sri Lankan cricket, who will retire from first-class cricket at the end of the season, was presented with the Members’ Player of the Year, Player of the Year, Sylvester Clarke Large Rum Moment, Kia Batsman of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year gongs.
In his heartening speech he discussed about his experience and the feelings he had when playing for surrey:
“First of all, with the honorary life membership; I think someone has read my mind. About three days ago I thinking about whether I should ask for the chance to be a fee paying member at Surrey. It’s been kind of a unique journey for me, coming from international cricket to Surrey”
“After I came here and spent these three seasons here, I think it is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I knew the heritage of the club, I knew the players that have come from the club. I knew Surrey as a venue but what I really found unique was all of you that make Surrey – the spectators, the players, the staff”
“That’s been the greatest privilege that I’ve had as a cricketer to be accepted into the Surrey family and become a part of the Rey. I am so grateful for that opportunity .I’ve been an international cricketer for a very, very long time but these three years I’ve had in your company have been very special for me”
“I’ve also found that when you’re getting closer to the end, your teammates become a lot more complimentary of you. The words I heard up there [on a video of players describing him] I have not heard a lot in the slip cordon! To the players of Surrey, thank you so much. It has been great to be a part of your team and play at a ground that a lot of great cricketers have trod on before us and I think it puts our careers into perspective”
“We’re all torchbearers of a great legacy and I think everyone at Surrey must remember that. It is our responsibility to make sure that when you walk away, you have left that legacy that much more enhanced for having been a part of it .I hope I’ve done my bit but I think the future is going to be glorious. Some of the most amazing cricketers that I have seen and met are sitting here tonight and I hope that all the fans will embrace them and keep them very close and dear to your hearts because they are going to make all of you very, very proud”
“Thank you, my family thanks you and I will not be leaving. I will be back, not for a season, but to have the privilege once again of meeting all of you people and continuing to be a part of this wonderful family. Thank you very much”
Sangakara will be retiring from First-Class cricket by the end of this season but he has made most out of his experience. The fans of Sri Lanka team would really be pleased and proud of his performance in all the three years that he has played for ‘Surrey’.
Take a bow for the legend.