Colombo, Aug 24: In one of the rare sights witnessed on a cricket field, captain Virat Kohli presented his India Test jersey, signed by all his team-mates, to the retiring Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara on Monday.
Today, India defeated Sri Lanka by 278 runs on the 5th and final day of the 2nd Test to level the 3-match series 1-1. After the match, it was all about Sangakkara, who bid adieu to international cricket. (Kohli's message to Sangakkara)
On a emotional afternoon at the P Sara Oval, India and Sri Lankan players along with various other dignitaries including the country's President and Prime Minister joined to honour Sangakkara.
Kohli, who yesterday (August 23) penned a heart-felt tribute to Sangakkara, today gave his Test jersey, bearing number 269), on behalf of Team India, with a message and also the signatures of his team-mates.
The 37-year-old Sangakkara accepted the jersey from Kohli and later, in his farewell speech, thanked the Indian skipper and the team. (Tear-eyed Sangakkara bows out)
"To Virat (Kohli) and the Indian team, thank you for everything, your kindness and all the words. I can't ask for anything more than tough cricket when I am leaving. Thank you very much for putting in the effort. You guys over the years, have been our toughest opponents. Doesn't matter if we've lost today, we'll try and beat you in the next game. Thank you for the toughness and thank you for really making it a privilege of mine to play against you," Sangakkara said.