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It would be an honour to play in Kumar Sangakkara's last Test: Virat Kohli

| August 17, 2015, 3:53 PM IST

Sri Lanka's legendary batsman Kumar Sangakkara will be playing his last Test of his international career when Team India take on the host nation Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval in Colombo in the second Test. The second Test is scheduled to start on Thursday.

Team India' skipper Virat Kohli paid his tributes to Sangakkara on Monday and descibed the left-hander as the lovely human being and it's an honour of playing alongside him over the years.

"I am sure if a guy who is retiring from the game, I cannot connect to it but I can imagine the kind of emotions he might feel because this is something that he has probably done for the last 20 years day in and day out of everyday life. And, not to do that anymore would be a big shock for anyone," Kohli said.

Kohli also that he has been an exceptional player for the Islanders and it is an honour to be part of his farewell Test and he is looking forward for the 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. 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 & 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."

Indian skipper continued by saying that he a true legend of the game but at the same timed joked that he doesn't score too many runs in the second Test against them.

"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," Kohli concluded.

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