Kumar Sangakkara signed off his Twenty20 career with a Man of the Match performance steering Sri Lanka to World glory.
Yet entering final Sunday, Kumar was experiencing something every batsman feels: hideous batting form.
Sri Lanka had progressed to the final of the tournament despite Sangakkara scoring 19 runs at an average of 4.75. He was horribly out of form and couldn't buy a run.
We all know that feeling!
For most players, the downward spiral tends to continue, our scores remain low, our confidence is eroded on a daily basis and our emotions shift between dejection and desperation.
But this cycle did not happen to Kumar Sangakkara.