FULL NAME = Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara

BORN = October 27, 1977, Matale

AGE = 46y 112d

BATTING STYLE = Left hand Bat

BOWLING STYLE = Right arm Offbreak

FIELDING POSITION = Wicketkeeper

PLAYING ROLE = Wicketkeeper Batter

It was clear from the outset that Kumar Sangakkara was destined for more than simply batting glory when he made his breakthrough into the side at the age of 22 while he was a law student. Arjuna Ranatunga and Asanka Gurusinha, two left-handers who came before him, were fierce fighters, but Sangakkara was made of a more delicate material and eased into strokes with an elegance that is typically associated with players who use their “other” hand. He was naturally skilled at both the cut and the pull, and as his confidence grew, so did his front-foot play.

The idea that Sri Lankans are weak guys who are easily intimidated was dispelled by Ranatunga, but Sangakkara has escalated the aggression by fusing sly jabs and cutting asides with a sophisticated façade.

He has progressively improved as a batsman, and his hunger for runs was best demonstrated in 2006 at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo when he and skipper and close friend Mahela Jayawardene scored 624 against a South African attack that included Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini. A year later, Sangakkara made a significant contribution of 287 and further enhanced his already growing reputation when he traveled to Hobart and struck an incredible 192 in a close loss. He had already scored fifty runs in a World Cup final by then, and Sangakkara was widely expected to be the chosen one even before Jayawardene gave up the captaincy.

Despite giving up the reins in 2011, he is still a hungry no. 3 in all formats, even though leadership brought out the best in him as a batsman. In addition to winning Test Cricketer of the Year and the People’s Choice award for the second consecutive year, Sangakkara took home the top prize at the 2012 ICC awards. Later that year, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, he cemented his place among the greatest batsmen of the modern era by matching Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara as the fastest man to 10,000 Test runs. This achievement was made in front of the largest Test audience Sri Lanka had ever played for.

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Kumar Sangakkara Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FORMATMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests134233171240031957.402288254.19385214915118220
ODIs404380411423416941.981804878.86259313858840299
T20Is5653913827831.401156119.5508139202520
FC260430312091131952.40648637133
List A529501541945616943.5239120518124
T20s2672602369379429.275487126.4204374013916760

Bowling

FORMATMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests1344844903.50000
ODIs404
T20Is56
FC26024615011/13150.003.65246.000
List A529000000
T20s267

Debut/Last Matches of Kumar Sangakkara

TEST MATCHES

Debut
Sri Lanka vs South Africa at Galle – July 20 – 23, 2000
Last
Sri Lanka vs India at Colombo (PSS) – August 20 – 24, 2015

ODI MATCHES

Debut
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan at Galle – July 05, 2000
Last
Sri Lanka vs South Africa at Sydney – March 18, 2015

T20I MATCHES

Debut
England vs Sri Lanka at Southampton – June 15, 2006
Last
India vs Sri Lanka at Mirpur – April 06, 2014

FC MATCHES

Debut
1997/98
Last
Surrey vs Lancashire at Manchester – September 25 – 28, 2017

LIST A MATCHES

Debut
1997/98
Last
M.C.C. vs Shaheens at Lahore – February 16, 2020

T20 MATCHES

Debut
Nondescripts vs Tamil Union at Colombo (Moors) – August 17, 2004
Last
M.C.C. vs Sultans at Lahore – February 19, 2020
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