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Cricket Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara to bow out in Colombo against India

Kumar Sangakkara will be the centre of attention in his final Test, as Sri Lanka prepare to face India in Colombo starting Thursday.

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Kumar Sangakkara will be the centre of attention in his final Test, as Sri Lanka prepare to face India in Colombo starting Thursday.

The 37-year-old left-hander announced in June that the second Test against India would be his 134th and last.

Sangakkara will be looking to add to 12,350 Test runs, which have come at an average of 57.71, and 38 centuries.

He has 11 Test double centuries, behind only Australia great Don Bradman (12).

India captain Virat Kohli, whose team lost the first Test, said he was delighted to be playing in Sangakkara's final match.

"He has been a wonderful player for Sri Lanka. A lot of left-handers really look up to him for the way he plays," he told BCCI.tv.

"His technique and the way he has scored runs all over the world, his numbers speak for themselves. He is a wonderful human being. He is a lovely person.

"I have had quite a few chats with him on the field and away from the field as well. I am actually glad that he is going to be playing his last few games against us because it is a special occasion for us to be a part of.

"Such a legend of the game retiring, as a young side it will be an honour for us to give him that respect in his last few Tests.

"Hopefully he doesn't score too many runs against us but I really wish him all the luck with his life after cricket. It has been wonderful to know such a great player and a great man."

Sangakkara may also go out on a winning note, with Sri Lanka leading the three-Test series 1-0.

They claimed victory in the first Test by 63 runs despite a 192-run first-innings deficit, with Rangana Herath taking 7-48 in the second innings.

Dinesh Chandimal was awarded man-of-the-match honours after an unbeaten 162 in the second innings, while Sangakkara made scores of five and 40.

The veteran left-hander deserves to go out a winner and he may need Herath to spin Sri Lanka to victory once more.

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