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Sangakkara: No U-turn on retirement

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara has confirmed that he will not reconsider his decision to retire from ODIs following the conclusion of the ongoing World Cup.

On Wednesday Sangakkara became the first player to score four consecutive ODI centuries and record 500 ODI dismissals, but despite this he believes he is making the right decision.

With Sangakkara having scored 105 not out against Bangladesh, 117 not out against England, 104 against Australia and 124 against Scotland, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews revealed that he had been “on my knees begging” Sangakkara to carry on playing ODIs after the World Cup.

However, Sangakkara is adamant about retiring from ODIs after the tournament.

“Records do matter, I think. I would love to say records never enter my mind, but they do,” Sangakkara told the BBC’s Test Match Special. “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.

“Retirement is not about form, it is about time and place and whether it feels right. It is never about whether you can play or not.”

Sangakkara, who made his ODI debut in July 2000, also admitted that time was starting to catch up with him.

“I’ve been batting and keeping for a long time, it’s getting harder and the joints are creaking and aching, but I consider myself lucky to be part of a great team,” he said.

Prediction about ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

It won’t be an easy task to win the WC 2015 for any team whether it is India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan or Sri Lanka. After rewinding the past I can see Pakistan has won a World Cup in Australia back in 1992. But it doesn’t matter at all –‘records are meant to be broken’.

One of the biggest things in this WC will be that there will be no Sachin Tendulkar or Ricky Ponting in either of sides. We all know how big players they were. Lets look at how the top 5 teams look at this time for the tournament ahead.

1. AUSTRALIA

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It is a well known fact that playing in Australia is always difficult task for any team in the world both physically and mentally. And any team which will be facing OZ will find it tough. Australians are always different in World Cups. This time too like always they have more than a decent team who especially in home conditions could turn lethal. Players like George Bailey, Michael Clarke , Mitchell Johnson, David Warner can change any scenario easily.

2. INDIA

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Reigning World champions will be the most favourite team for cricket lovers, spectators, experts and bookies. The pressure will be at its peak on Dhoni’s men. More than 121 crore of cricket lovers will be eyeing the men in blue once again to repeat the feat of 2nd April 2011.

Key players would include the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami and the boss M.S.Dhoni.

3. SOUTH AFRICA

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If this team would not choke in semis they will be the champions. They have to change the history of losing in semis and have to get rid of the title of chokers. No one can believe that they have ABD Villiers , Hashim Amla, Jaques Kallis, Dale Steyn (best bowler in past 5-7 years), Morne Morkel and they still lose.

4. PAKISTAN

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Pakistan are the most uncertain team of the world. They can change the game at any point, for both, their good and bad. The fast bowling attack which they command can destroy any kind of batting line up. They though will need to manage and take care of irresponsible batting from few players.

Player like Nasir Jamshed, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Saeed Ajmal, Misbah-ul- Haq can shine like stars.

5. SRI LANKA

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Last but not the least. This team is like slow poison. You can’t beat them easily. You will not see a lot of great in their bowling attack but they will still tighten the noose when needed. Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakarra are amongst the most respected cricketers in the world and they have to blast for a Lankan win.

Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath and yes captain Angelo Mathews can win from any situation.