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Kumar Sangakkara      

Full name Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara

Born October 27, 1977, Matale

Current age 37 years 95 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Central Province, Colombo District Cricket Association, Deccan Chargers, Durham, ICC World XI, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kandurata, Kandurata Maroons, Kings XI Punjab, Marylebone Cricket Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Warwickshire

Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 130 225 17 12203 319 58.66 22491 54.25 38 51 1473 50 178 20
ODIs 397 373 39 13693 169 40.99 17537 78.08 21 93 1328 81 397 96
T20Is 56 53 9 1382 78 31.40 1156 119.55 0 8 139 20 25 20
First-class 223 365 28 17314 319 51.37 50 75 344 33
List A 497 469 49 17600 169 41.90 30 114 501 121
Twenty20 155 149 16 3882 94 29.18 3133 123.90 0 23 424 65 95 41
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 130 4 84 49 0 - - - 3.50 - 0 0 0
ODIs 397 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 56 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 223 246 150 1 1/13 150.00 3.65 246.0 0 0
List A 497 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 155 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v South Africa at Galle, Jul 20-23, 2000 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Jan 3-7, 2015 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Galle, Jul 5, 2000 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Jan 29, 2015 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jun 15, 2006 scorecard
Last T20I India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Apr 6, 2014 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut 1997/98
Last First-class New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Jan 3-7, 2015 scorecard
List A debut 1997/98
Last List A New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Jan 29, 2015 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Nondescripts Cricket Club v Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club at Colombo (Moors), Aug 17, 2004 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Udarata Rulers v Southern Express at Colombo (SSC), Jul 2, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
113*, 2c/0s Sri Lanka v New Zealand Wellington 29 Jan 2015 ODI # 3594
1c/0s, 81 Sri Lanka v New Zealand Dunedin 25 Jan 2015 ODI # 3590
2c/0s, 9 Sri Lanka v New Zealand Dunedin 23 Jan 2015 ODI # 3588
76, 2c/0s Sri Lanka v New Zealand Nelson 20 Jan 2015 ODI # 3585
0c/0s Sri Lanka v New Zealand Auckland 17 Jan 2015 ODI # 3580
1c/1s, 38 Sri Lanka v New Zealand Hamilton 15 Jan 2015 ODI # 3577
4, 0c/2s Sri Lanka v New Zealand Christchurch 11 Jan 2015 ODI # 3574
203, 5 Sri Lanka v New Zealand Wellington 3 Jan 2015 Test # 2155
6, 1 Sri Lanka v New Zealand Christchurch 26 Dec 2014 Test # 2151
1, 29 Sri Lankans v NZ Chairman Queenstown 21 Dec 2014 Other
Profile

As soon as he broke into the side at the age of 22, while a law student, it was apparent that Kumar Sangakkara was destined for more than just batting stardom. The left-handers that had preceded him, like Arjuna Ranatunga and Asanka Gurusinha, had been pugnacious battlers but Sangakkara was cut from more graceful cloth, easing into strokes with the elegance often associated withthose that play with the 'other' hand. The cut and the pull came naturally to him and with growing confidence, he became a more assured front-foot player as well.

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Timeline
    • May 20, 2000
      Mauling in Moratuwa
      • Scores a blistering unbeaten 156 for Sri Lanka A, against Zimbabwe A. Is later rewarded with a place in the national side in the upcoming triangular involving South Africa and Pakistan.
    • July 6, 2000
      Start as you mean to go
      • His first Man-of-the-Match award, in his second ODI. Scores 85 against South Africa, ends his debut series with 199 runs at 66.33. Is selected for the Tests against South Africa.
    • August 15-16, 2001
      First Test century
      • He has missed the mark twice, getting out in the nineties, but fights the nerves and the shortage of batsmen this time in Galle against India, and finishes the century in Muttiah Muralitharan's company.
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Best Performances
    • 230 v Pakistan, Lahore, 2001-02
      • It's the final of the Asian Test Championship, and Sangakkara has just about started to get into his own. After lacklustre Pakistan batting, Sangakkara bats for three hours longer than the Pakistan innings, and scores only four less than their total. After Marvan Atapattu's golden duck, Sangakkara's eight-hour 230, taking only 327 balls and including 33 fours and three sixes, features partnerships of 203 with Jayasuriya and 173 with Jayawardene. This is his first double century - first of many to come.
    • 232 and 64 v South Africa, Colombo, 2004
      • Sri Lanka have never won a series against South Africa, but are helped when Jacques Kallis drops Sangakkara on 57 in the second Test. He goes on to score a double century full of trademark flowing drives and also hooks and cuts on anything short. In all, he bats for 529 minutes, faces 357 balls and hits 31 fours and a six before edging to slip as South Africa belatedly fight back on day two. But Sangakkara seals the series win with 64 in the second innings to set a mammoth target of 493.
    • 157* v West Indies, Kandy, 2005
      • Back to his school ground, Sangakkara sees Sri Lanka get out for their lowest total against West Indies. After the bowlers stage a comeback to secure a two-run first-innings lead, Sri Lanka again lose two early wickets. That's when Sangakkara takes charge and single-handedly sets up a winning total. His 157 contains 24 boundaries and involves partnerships with lower order too. Muttiah Muralitharan later obliges by running through the West Indies batting.
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Jan 29, 2015

Kumar Sangakkara is congratulated after taking the catch to dismiss Corey Anderson, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 7th ODI, Wellington, January 29, 2015

Kumar Sangakkara is congratulated after taking the catch to dismiss Corey Anderson

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Jan 29, 2015

Kumar Sangakkara raises a 21st ODI hundred, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 7th ODI, Wellington, January 29, 2015

Kumar Sangakkara raises a 21st ODI hundred

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Jan 29, 2015

Kumar Sangakkara swivels and pulls, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, 7th ODI, Wellington, January 29, 2015

Kumar Sangakkara swivels and pulls

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Notes

ICC ODI Player of the Year 2011

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2012

Wisden Leading Cricketer, 2012

LG People's Choice Award 2011, 2012

ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2012

ICC Cricketer of the Year 2012

ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year 2013

Country Fixtures Country Results
1st Youth Test: S Lanka U19 v B'desh U19 at Dambulla - Jan 28-30
S Lanka U19 216 B'desh U19 78/2
Group A: Badureliya v Colts at Kaluthara - Jan 30-Feb 1
Badureliya 70/4
Group B: Sinhalese v SLPACC at Colombo (NCC) - Jan 30-Feb 1
Sinhalese 129/4
Group A: SL Air SC v Bloomfield at Katunayake
Jan 30-Feb 1, 2015 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 23:30 EST | 22:30 CST | 20:30 PST)
Group A: Tamil Union v Nondescripts at Colombo (PSS)
Jan 30-Feb 1, 2015 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 23:30 EST | 22:30 CST | 20:30 PST)
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