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Kumar Sangakkara: here's what the Sri Lankan can do after his retirement

Rohan Raj | Updated on: 24 August 2015, 17:10 IST

Retiring legend Kumar Sangakkara walked out on the cricket field for one last time on 23 August and amid all the hullabaloo surrounding the send off for Sri Lanka's greatest ever batsman, the left-hander was dismissed for just 18 runs at the P Sara Oval stadium in Colombo.

Though he failed to sign off in style, there's hardly any cricketer who has come as close to cricket as Sangakkara did in his 15-year-long international career. Having scored 12,400 runs in Tests and over 14,000 runs in ODIs, Sangakkara has been one of the most consistent batsman for the Lankans.

While the Sri Lankans and his fans across the globe will undoubtedly miss Sangakkara's style, exemplified best in the cover drive played down on one knee, his wife Yehali isn't really complaining and feels that they have been preparing for his retirement for a considerable period of time.

As Sangakkara prepares himself for life after cricket, a lot of lucrative options have surfaced for the left-hander, notably the position of Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Apart from the obvious options of coaching and commentating in cricket, here's a look at the three possible career options Sangakkara can pursue after his retirement:

Sanga as lawyer

Following in the footsteps of his father Swarnakumara Sangakkara who is a lawyer in Kandy, Kumar Sangakkara entered the Law Faculty of the University of Colombo to pursue a career in the same field. However, the left-hander was unable to finish his degree due to cricket tours. The Sri Lankan has expressed his desire to finish his degree on numerous occassions and now that his international career has come to an end, Sangakkara will have all the time in the world to end that chapter.

Sanga's a great cook

As good as he is with the cricket bat, Kumar Sangakkara is equally impressive with the ladle in kitchen. While talking to Sony Six during the India vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test, Sangakkara's wife Yehali revealed some unknown secrets about the iconic cricketer. "He is an extremely messy person, the messiest on earth," she said with a smile on her face. "But he loves to cook and absolutely loves making pasta at home."

Following an end to his illustrious career in cricket, Kumar Sangakkara will have all the time to pursue his culinary ambitions.

High Commissioner to the UK

Kumar Sangakkara has been offered the post of Sri Lanka's High Commissioner in the United Kingdom by President Maithripala Sirisena. The offer would have surely surprised Sangakkara, but those who've followed the Lankan cricketer closely would have probably anticipated that. Sangakkara became famous for his outspoken views following his 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Speech where he criticized the political influences to the game of cricket in Sri Lanka.

Sangakkara will travel to England for a county stint later this year and if he accepts the position on offer, the batting maestro will become the first-ever High Commissioner to feature in county cricket.

First published: 24 August 2015, 17:10 IST
 
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After a poor stint in gully-cricket quashed his hopes of turning pro, Rohan moved away from the playing field and began criticising those who were still on it. Football eases his mind and watching City paint Manchester blue is his elusive dream. When not talking, thinking or dreaming about sports, Rohan can be found listening to EDM or watching movies. A sports correspondent at Catch News, he has previously worked with Hindustan Times, Daily Bhaskar and India Today.

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