Sachin Tendulkar, the cricket icon of India, took the lead in applauding Sri Lankan batsmen Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jayawardene who bid adieu to one-day international cricket after the quarterfinal match against South Africa. Sri Lanka has been defeated in the match.
Both Sangakara and Jayawardene had announced retirement from one-day international after the 2015 World Cup, and as the team Sri Lanka suffered defeat in the quarterfinal against South Africa, the match turned out to be their last one-day outing. It was very disappointing to the Sri Lankan fans and the players that the team lost at this stage. Sangakara had been in tremendous form in this World Cup, and scored four centuries. Even in this match, he scored the highest 45 runs.
Tendulkar congratulated both the players on their illustrious career, and wished them well. He wrote that these two batsmen had been an integral part of the Sri Lankan team for so many years, and it was difficult to imagine a cricket team of Sri Lanka without these stalwarts. Tributes also came from many international stars. South African captain Graeme Smith congratulated the two star players for their stellar international career. Whatmore, the Sri Lanka coach, wished them well, and hoped to see in the future. He said that it was a bad day for Sri Lanka which lost the match today. Shane Watson ,the Australian all-rounder, also congratulated Sangakara and Jayawardene for their outstanding one-day career.
Sangakara, who has already retired from tests, played 404 one-day internationals and scored 14234 runs at an average of 41.98 while Jayawardene played 448 ODIs to score 12650 runs averaging 33.37.