Retiring Sangakkara wants rising Lankans to be ‘fearless’

Colombo, Aug 24 : Sri Lankan batting legend Kumar Sangakkara has backed the rising Angelo Mathews-led side to be ‘fearless’ after bidding adieu to the international cricket, following a crushing 278-run defeat against India in the second Test match in Colombo.

The tourists levelled the three-match series 1-1 in the penultimate Test match, thanks to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s destructive spell and Ajinkya Rahane’s splendid ton.

Sangakkara made 18 in his final international innings as Ashwin dismissed him for the fourth time in four innings.

“Angie (Mathews), you have an amazing team. You have an amazing future. Just be fearless. Don’t be afraid to lose when going for a win,” said the 37-year-old left-hander, who signed off with 12,400 runs in 134 Tests at an average of 57.40.

“People asked me the big achievements. The hundreds, the WC win, but I just look up at the box, all my friends over the last 30 years, have come up here on a Monday to watch me play. To be able to go back to a family that will love me whether I win or lose. That is my greatest achievement,” added Sangakkara in an emotional farewell speech.

The final Test will be played at Colombo from August 28. (ANI)