Mathews goes on his knees begging Sangakkara to continue Cricket, Let's see what Sanga replied?

Thursday, 12 March 2015 - 10:00

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara will not reconsider his decision to retire from ODI cricket after the World Cup despite his record-breaking form.

Sangakkara hit his fourth successive ODI hundred as Sri Lanka beat Scotland at the World Cup on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old confirmed that he would play no more ODI cricket after the tournament.

"Retirement is not about form, it is about time and place and whether it feels right," he said.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said after the 148-run Pool A victory at Bellerive Oval, Hobart that he had been "on my knees begging" Sangakkara to continue his limited-overs career after the World Cup.

However, when asked if his current run of form would prompt a re-evaluation, Sangakkara said: "No. It is never about whether you can play or not."

The Sri Lanka wicket-keeper, who made his ODI debut in 2000, says the physical effects of the game are starting to take their toll.

Legendary Kumar Sangakkara on his record-breaking achievements

"Records do matter, I think. I would love to say records never enter my mind, but they do. There are certain things that you chase - you try to keep those goals. They are not the only things you chase, but as long as you do the right things those things will fall into place and come along."

After Sangakkara's fourth successive century, ex-Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist, who saw his record for the number of World Cup dismissals overtaken by the Sri Lankan, tweeted:  "I scored four 100s in a row once... shame it was on the golf course! @KumarSanga2 congrats on 500+, WC record and runs, runs, runs #legend." (BBC)