Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara Sunday said he would love to equal the record of Australian legend Don Bradman’s 12 double hundreds which will in effect motivate him to prolong his Test career.
The Sri Lankan great became the fifth man to reach 12,000 runs during the ongoing second Test against New Zealand here, achieving the landmark in fewer innings than any other player.
“I would love to equal Bradman. It just depends on how everything pans out after this World Cup. It’s really hard to predict what will happen and what my thoughts will be about my future,” Sangakkara was quoted as saying by skysports.com.
A score of 203 in Sri Lanka’s first innings was his 11th outing of 200 or more runs in Tests, leaving him one short of a mark which has stood since Bradman’s retirement in 1948.
The prolific left hander will quit one-days after the World Cup in February and March but is yet to consider his future in Test cricket.
“I’ve promised the selectors that I’ll really have a chat and reconsider to see if there are a few more months of cricket in me, Test-wise,” said the 37-year-old.
On retirement, he said the decision to quit comes all of a sudden when a player realises what he has done is enough.
“It’s never the lack of desire or the lack of pride you take in playing for your country that makes you take a decision to say ‘That’s enough’. It’s just a case of sometimes just knowing it. You could be staying at home, you could be playing with your kids, you could be talking with your family or having dinner somewhere and the thought could hit you ‘Maybe this is the right time’.”