ICC news July 5, 2012

Sangakkara returns to the top of ICC rankings

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Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara made a return to the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test batting rankings after scoring a big century against Pakistan in the drawn Test at the SSC. He had lost the top spot to West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul in March 2012, after failures in the Galle Test against England.

At the start of the SSC Test, Sangakkara trailed Chanderpaul by six rating points, but earned 42 points for his first innings effort of 192. In the previous Test in Galle, Sangakkara had scored 199 runs in the first innings to earn 71 rating points. He is eight points short of achieving the 900 mark - a figure achieved by only 25 batsmen, including Sangakkara, in the history of the game.

Sangakkara achieved a career-best 938 rating points during the Kandy Test against England in 2007, which is the sixth best performance in the all-time rankings.

Apart from Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali also scored big hundreds and have moved up in the Test rankings.

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  • on July 8, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Sanga is an Asian champ in Test Cricket. His record speaks and its big achievement for him that he played superb knocks against Pak. Pakistan always got greats like Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib and later on Gul, Wahab, Aizaz, Aamir, Junaid and many more (including spinners) and even in this situation he has good record. He has a record avg against Pak and also broke the record of Don Bradman. I am Pakistani. We got good players but we never got high level batsman. Inzi n Yousaf were good but We always played less cricket that We don't even hv players who scored more than 10K runs in test matches. Look at Sri Lanka n India. RD n Sachin r cool n even Sehwag is a big fish in Test matches and then look at Sri Lanka. Currently Sanga n somehow Mahela r best in Test Cricket. We don't hv big match winners as only 1 or 2 batsman r having 40+ avg. Look at India they r good in batting department and they hv good back up and same is the case with Sri Lanka. We were good when Wasim n Waqar were in business

  • subu2222 on July 7, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    I think these senseless comments running down a class performer (being a wicketkeeper batsman) at that is of few who just know only aboutl IPL and few even hail IPL performances above their very own classi performers like Gavaskar, Vensakar,Laskman,Dravid. So it is furtile to comment on what has already been established.What i always believed that greatness in cricket was to to be appreciated no matter which nationality they belonged. That was the spirit of Cricket for a centurary. some how I feel there is a genuine challange not only for the sport but to the very spirit of the game.

  • ddrath on July 7, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    after listening to all the comments i must say some of them are so useless comments. some people clearly jealous about Sanga came to number 1. haha flat pitches or what ever he scored runs and why couldn't Pakistan!! Sir. Don Bradman got runs however it doesnt matter lilie and thomo wasnt there!! someone can argue if they were there (yes understand they are same country but you know what i mean) so same thing can be said to so many people!!! that is useless! what it matters he scored runs everywhere and he is number 1. when it comes to MJ he is touch player!! he got pure talent!! he is not hard worker he has immense talent!! while Sanga all about hard work

  • on July 7, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    anyone can say sanga is a flat track bully.but you have to prove it ok? in austraila i think sanga shows his class too much. if you can remember 192 hobert? he just has played about only5 tests in australia.and dnt 4get his odi average in australia.as i believe he play his game more comfortagely in austraila than srilanka.for me our latest guns methws thisara thiri also perfom very well in aussie tracks.and i think this year boxing day test wii win srilanka.mcg is just like rps in srilanka.hope sl fans will be their than aussie fans.less test matches for sl in RSA,ENG,NZ,AUS make oters to tell sl that they are flat track bullies.i think fixture shold be responsile for that. and for next 8 yers sl got very good fixture to many odis,t20,and tests in fast tracks.then we can see how sl perfom in fast traks.

  • on July 7, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    most of indian fans have some thing wrong with srilankan cricketrs.you have the best flat tracks in world.everyone agrees with that.ya we also agree ssc is not a good test wiket.i think galle,p sara,pallekelle should be given the test matches in srilanka. but in pallekelle raining is a big problem. i think its time to turn our minds to dambulla.it will be very good test wiket.spin and pace i consistantly help for bowlers.donot know why slc not giving test status dambulla.i think financially playing in dambulla is not a good issue.lack of crowd hurt very much.

  • Sinhaya on July 7, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover yes I agree with you. Sanga is better than Younis Khan and Younis Khan is slightly ahead of MJ cos MJ has failed a bit too much away. Mahela's home average and away average is unevenly skewed which explains his weak point. But dont forget MJ has excelled in England and that is why he has 2 test tons at Lords and 3 ODI tons too there.

  • BillyCC on July 6, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    @B.C.G, look deeper and you'll find that Sangakkara only played against Warne and McGrath as a wicketkeeper-batsman, batting at No.3. That is almost an impossible task; the second hardest in Test cricket besides opening and keeping. Watson struggles to make big scores against average bowling attacks and he doesn't even bowl half the time.

  • on July 6, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Sanga is best player ever to represent Australia. its his potential that he is currently no.1 in the world fan from a particular country should acknowledge others achievements as well

  • Mfalme on July 6, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    I sincerely don't believe in records because nothing is constant to make a fair comparison of each performance. The pitch, the weather, the umpires, the rules (DRS or no DRS), cricketing laws, the type & quality of bats & balls from different eras, quality of opposition, quality of own team, match situation etc are never identical. Then how do you compare performances of different players. ICC has devised a ranking system accordingly Sanga is ranked 1 during a particular period. Whether anyone likes it or not or anyone writing any number of negative comments about Sanga the fact remains that Sanga is at present the No 1 ranked batsman in the world. @MAIRJ23 - hats off to you man. Wonderful job. Sadly there are still some people from a particular nation ready to contest you.

  • on July 6, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Sanga is great. But I never felt like stay awake at night to watch him. Again he is a great batsman but not a master blaster.

  • on July 8, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Sanga is an Asian champ in Test Cricket. His record speaks and its big achievement for him that he played superb knocks against Pak. Pakistan always got greats like Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib and later on Gul, Wahab, Aizaz, Aamir, Junaid and many more (including spinners) and even in this situation he has good record. He has a record avg against Pak and also broke the record of Don Bradman. I am Pakistani. We got good players but we never got high level batsman. Inzi n Yousaf were good but We always played less cricket that We don't even hv players who scored more than 10K runs in test matches. Look at Sri Lanka n India. RD n Sachin r cool n even Sehwag is a big fish in Test matches and then look at Sri Lanka. Currently Sanga n somehow Mahela r best in Test Cricket. We don't hv big match winners as only 1 or 2 batsman r having 40+ avg. Look at India they r good in batting department and they hv good back up and same is the case with Sri Lanka. We were good when Wasim n Waqar were in business

  • subu2222 on July 7, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    I think these senseless comments running down a class performer (being a wicketkeeper batsman) at that is of few who just know only aboutl IPL and few even hail IPL performances above their very own classi performers like Gavaskar, Vensakar,Laskman,Dravid. So it is furtile to comment on what has already been established.What i always believed that greatness in cricket was to to be appreciated no matter which nationality they belonged. That was the spirit of Cricket for a centurary. some how I feel there is a genuine challange not only for the sport but to the very spirit of the game.

  • ddrath on July 7, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    after listening to all the comments i must say some of them are so useless comments. some people clearly jealous about Sanga came to number 1. haha flat pitches or what ever he scored runs and why couldn't Pakistan!! Sir. Don Bradman got runs however it doesnt matter lilie and thomo wasnt there!! someone can argue if they were there (yes understand they are same country but you know what i mean) so same thing can be said to so many people!!! that is useless! what it matters he scored runs everywhere and he is number 1. when it comes to MJ he is touch player!! he got pure talent!! he is not hard worker he has immense talent!! while Sanga all about hard work

  • on July 7, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    anyone can say sanga is a flat track bully.but you have to prove it ok? in austraila i think sanga shows his class too much. if you can remember 192 hobert? he just has played about only5 tests in australia.and dnt 4get his odi average in australia.as i believe he play his game more comfortagely in austraila than srilanka.for me our latest guns methws thisara thiri also perfom very well in aussie tracks.and i think this year boxing day test wii win srilanka.mcg is just like rps in srilanka.hope sl fans will be their than aussie fans.less test matches for sl in RSA,ENG,NZ,AUS make oters to tell sl that they are flat track bullies.i think fixture shold be responsile for that. and for next 8 yers sl got very good fixture to many odis,t20,and tests in fast tracks.then we can see how sl perfom in fast traks.

  • on July 7, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    most of indian fans have some thing wrong with srilankan cricketrs.you have the best flat tracks in world.everyone agrees with that.ya we also agree ssc is not a good test wiket.i think galle,p sara,pallekelle should be given the test matches in srilanka. but in pallekelle raining is a big problem. i think its time to turn our minds to dambulla.it will be very good test wiket.spin and pace i consistantly help for bowlers.donot know why slc not giving test status dambulla.i think financially playing in dambulla is not a good issue.lack of crowd hurt very much.

  • Sinhaya on July 7, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover yes I agree with you. Sanga is better than Younis Khan and Younis Khan is slightly ahead of MJ cos MJ has failed a bit too much away. Mahela's home average and away average is unevenly skewed which explains his weak point. But dont forget MJ has excelled in England and that is why he has 2 test tons at Lords and 3 ODI tons too there.

  • BillyCC on July 6, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    @B.C.G, look deeper and you'll find that Sangakkara only played against Warne and McGrath as a wicketkeeper-batsman, batting at No.3. That is almost an impossible task; the second hardest in Test cricket besides opening and keeping. Watson struggles to make big scores against average bowling attacks and he doesn't even bowl half the time.

  • on July 6, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Sanga is best player ever to represent Australia. its his potential that he is currently no.1 in the world fan from a particular country should acknowledge others achievements as well

  • Mfalme on July 6, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    I sincerely don't believe in records because nothing is constant to make a fair comparison of each performance. The pitch, the weather, the umpires, the rules (DRS or no DRS), cricketing laws, the type & quality of bats & balls from different eras, quality of opposition, quality of own team, match situation etc are never identical. Then how do you compare performances of different players. ICC has devised a ranking system accordingly Sanga is ranked 1 during a particular period. Whether anyone likes it or not or anyone writing any number of negative comments about Sanga the fact remains that Sanga is at present the No 1 ranked batsman in the world. @MAIRJ23 - hats off to you man. Wonderful job. Sadly there are still some people from a particular nation ready to contest you.

  • on July 6, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Sanga is great. But I never felt like stay awake at night to watch him. Again he is a great batsman but not a master blaster.

  • MAIRJ23 on July 6, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (FINAL PART)

    Firstly thanks for all the comments. One must do their homework and debate with hardcore facts and not let petty jealousy blind their good judgment. I think I have presented enough facts to prove my point on Sanga. I leave this topic with one last emphatic fact for those fans with an obsession for performance away from the sub-continent. In the 6 year period since OCT 2006 Sanga's batting AVG of 55 is the highest amongst sub-continental batsmen in matches played in AUS, SA, NZ & ENG combined and he is also the only batsman from the sub-continent to score a Test 100 in each of those Countries in the said period and in every single tour his team undertook to those Countries since Oct of 2006. If that aint consistency and sheer brilliance I don't know what is.

  • crick_karthik on July 6, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    here are some facts which clearly tells that Sangakarra is a man who can play only in dead pitches(mostly in sub-cont) and also scored mostly against weak teams(WI,NZ,BG,Zim,Pak) I hav included Pak in the weak team list since I hav never seen these teams in top four from last decade)..He has scored 4571 runs against Aus,Ind,SA,Eng on average of 44.81 and also his away average is 47 against his overall avg of 56.63.

  • on July 6, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    world ,,NO,1,, test batsman ,is sanga congratulation,,man...!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • randikaayya on July 6, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @: Are you speakign of whitewashes againts Sri Lanka mate? Care to name some in the last decade or so? I can name a 4-0 whitewash very recently against the world beating (hik) team, but none against SL... They have performed commendably in foreign conditions recently which India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and to a lesser extent England too only matched if not did worse recently.

  • sanath007 on July 6, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    The flattest tracks and the fastest outfields in the world are in India, so if anyone says Sanga scores his runs on flat tracks, that means all Indian batsman scores their runs on flat tracks.

  • sanath007 on July 6, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Sangakkara has been the best Test batsman since 2005 onwards, holding the number 1 spot more than any other batsman in the world, followed by Kallis. Hats off to Sanga, the worlds best batsman. The knock at Galle in first test was special. Sangakkara also has 15 Man of the Match awards in tests, ahead of Little Master Sachin who has 14

  • on July 6, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Number 1 Batsman PERIOD... the haters gonna hate but the truth is SANGAKKARA is number 1... sorry folks

  • on July 6, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    welcome again, dead pitches masters.........

  • Munzist on July 6, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    SAnga Will be a All time legend.. COngratz 4 the gaining the No 1 Spot Again.. Those two knocks were Awesome..:)

  • B.C.G on July 6, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    @MAITJ23-Sanga had/has support from Jayasuriya(england),Attapatu(Australia),Samaraweera(SAF) etc.Also his overall record v/s Warne-Mcgrath Australians were very poor.

  • on July 6, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Sanga... You are the best as a batsman.. I am proud of you as a Sri Lanka.. But play one Mach Winning game please

  • toysoldier9 on July 6, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    SL playing more home test matches is no shame! If the other sub-continent countries are more interested in playing more of the shorter version games for financial reasons it's not SL's or particularly Sanga's fault. Playing such home test matches will allow the players to improve their temprement. This if nothing else will go a long way in avoiding whitewashes when they have to face quality attacks on foreign conditions.

  • Isu00 on July 6, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Is there any current batsmen who is in top 10 in all three formats

  • dilpickle.abey on July 6, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Is it just me, or is there no education on "sanga" part 1?

  • on July 6, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Some players deserve complete respect from people regardless of which team you follow and Sanga is one. Legend.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 6, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    @MARIJ23,EXCELENT WORK,I REQUEST U TO DO SIMILAR STATISTICAL WORK 4 PAK GREATS(IT Z UPTO UR WISH),WEL 4 SANGA,HE Z EASILY AMONG TOP 3 TEST BATSMEN OF MODRN ERA N WOULD FINISH as among top 10 batng greats of all times,especialy dominatng pak attack z no less than a great feat 4 any batsman,i also agree that mJ Z more of a home made champion,i would put younis above MJ BT DEFINITLY BEHIND SANGA,@COLITBOY@JUST chill.chil,i salute ur stubornes of nt acceptng greats 4rm othr teams,with the kind of bowlng ind have,they might nt b able to win even at hme

  • Marcian on July 6, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    MAIRJ23, brilliant analysis... two thumbs up! There's absolutely no doubt that Sanga is the greatest Test batsman produced by SL and amongst the best five in the modern era. He scores a hundred every 6.2 innings; ahead of Ponting, Kallis, and Dravid - only a fraction behind demi-god SRT, who scores a century every 6.1 innings. Goes to show that he [Sanga] is truly a great batsman of this era and a wonderful role model for youngsters. Sanga is pure class, personified!

  • Balumekka on July 6, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Hats off to MAIRJ23 for educating those who underrate Sanga's achievements!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 5, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    He may stay in this position for a long time.

  • on July 5, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Just pure awesome MAIRJ23! Take a bow. Sanga has the intelligence, technique, composure and style! He will be one of all time greats!

  • jb633 on July 5, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    @MARIJ23, wow you really are a die hard Sanga fan and you must have done your homework. I do agree with you on all counts though. I am an England fan and have seen him score great 100's in our conditions. I actually think he is a far better batsman in foreign conditions than MJ. I think behind Gilly, he has been the second best keeper batsman of all time. A very well educated, classy man both on and off the field. Well deserved. @just chill chill, hahah fair play to you, always a good way to annoy the Indian fans ( I am assuming you have a wicked sense of humour).

  • BillyCC on July 5, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    @MAIRJ23, excellent analysis and I agree with your views. Sangakkara has a claim to being one the greatest batsmen of all time, simply because he started as a wicketkeeper and has just grown in stature, techinque and quality. The important stat is the average of 70 as a pure No.3 batsman over a long period of test matches. If he does keep this up for another 30-40 tests, regardless of all the arguments being posted on the forum, there will be no contest, he will be in the top two of the greatest batsmen of all time alongside Bradman.

  • on July 5, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    @Waruna Wijeratne-- thilan whoever that is, scoring 100 in south africa has nothing to do with sangakkara piling up pretty much all of his runs on dead sri lankan pitches against the same old familiar pakistan teams. he might be one of the best for sri lanka (still that's hardly surprising), but to claim he's among the world's best what with only 5 100s outside the subcontinent, is simply disrespectful to the true greats who've actually stood up and taken pride in leading their teams in tough situations on foreign soil.

  • amilag on July 5, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    TAKE A BOW MR.MAIRJ23. What a wonderful scripts you have written here. People like you should really be writing these article in cricinfo, I love when you said

    "5th day against the best bowling attack in the world in conditions ideal for swing bowling and batted all but nearly 90 overs (which is close to what was the longest time the entire famed Indian batting unit managed to last in 8 attempts against the same attack)"

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 16)

    I rate Sanga and Kallis as the by far the two best Test batsmen in World Cricket at the moment. I would rate Sangakkara slightly higher only because, un-like Kallis, Sanga is not fortunate to be surrounded by world class batting talent in the form of Smith, Amla and AB, three of the very best batsman in Test cricket at the moment. Sanga has Jayawardena but one look at his away record and that too against the better teams and you will note that the onus was entirely on Sanga almost every time he went into bat. Such is the pressure he has to deal with on a day in day out basis outside of the pressure of the game itself. Even in the on-going series against Pakistan, the formula for Pak is very simple; Get Sanga out early and the they give themselves the best possible chance for a win. Sanga was and is an all surface player at home and away and against pace and spin. His back to back N.O 100s against Shane Bond at his very best in NZ was monumental.

  • Extraz on July 5, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    A Pak fan here.Sanga no doubt is one of the best batsman in current world cricket he'll definitely be in the list of top 20 batsmen of all time love u Sanga u r one of my most favorite cricketer may u have lots of success in future.

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 15)

    What makes Sangakkara so special is that seldom do his stellar performances in Test cricket come in a losing cause. Albeit one of his finest ever Test knocks; the backs to the wall 192 against Australia in Australia (the highest 4th innings score of all time by a visiting batsman in Australia) came in a losing cause but that was not due to his doing but rather a blatant umpiring decision which cut sort an innings referred to by Ricky Ponting as the greatest he has ever seen by an opponent in Australia, an innings which seemed to have one destination the way Sangakkara was going and that was to over-haul a record a chase of 501 for victory with Sri Lanka falling short by 90 runs in the end. Had it not been for that terrible umpiring decision that day easily could have been a day that saw some seemingly unassailable records broken. Such was the sublime touch Sangakkara was in.

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 14)

    In South Africa after Sri Lanka were ambushed in the 1st Test many had remarked that South Africa should consider playing some of their 'A' team players against this Sri Lankan side and rest their senior players for Tests against stronger competition. They were not entirely wrong to make such comments as Sri Lanka did look completely out of sorts in the 1st Test. Come the 2nd Test though they were a different team and on the back of yet another masterful 2nd innings hundred by their greatest ever Test batsman, Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka went on to make history and register their first ever Test win on South African soil.

  • Buddhika86Liyanage on July 5, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    For all the people saying that sanga scores on flat tracks, All the other sub continent batsmen cant score like him even on flat tracks. Sanga plays well in Aus Eng and SA pitches which are considered most quick seaming and bouncing pitches(against some best fast bowlers)

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 13)

    Against Pak in the first Test in Abu Dhabi SL began their 2nd innings nearly 200 runs behind and with two days to go and the daunting prospect of facing the world's best spinner in Saeed Ajmal. Once again defeat was all but certain for SL. Sanga though as he has often done for SL would once again rise to the occasion and showcase his incredible and unfathomable ability to absorb pressure and bat and bat and bat and bat. That is exactly what he did for he came up with yet another heroic 2nd innings effort batting almost two entire days and scoring a monumental double hundred his 8th which not only saved the Test for SL but even set up a target for Pak to chase on the 5th day. Sanga would go on to score another fine hundred in the 3rd of that series as well and as many Pakistani fans put it that series was not between SL and Pak, rather it was a series between Pak and Sanga for the latter went on to amass an unprecedented 512 runs in the 3 Test series.

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 12)

    In Eng, when SL were staring at certain defeat in the 3rd Test it was Sanga who dug in and played one of his best knocks ever batting the 4th and most of the 5th day against the best bowling attack in the world in conditions ideal for swing bowling and batted all but nearly 90 overs (which is close to what was the longest time the entire famed Indian batting unit managed to last in 8 attempts against the same attack) and saved the Test for SL. David Hopps of the Wisden wrote "The Hampshire weather, both on the fourth evening, when Sangakkara closed on 44, and on the final day, when his 119 took Sri Lanka to safety, was grouchy, and the crowd far from entranced. But Sangakkara was attuned to the task. He pushed an occasional circumspect drive and tucked the ball effectively off his legs, but it was his judgement of what to leave alone against an England seam attack revelling in favourable conditions that was striking"

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 11)

    Surprise, Surprise the man who came out head and shoulders above the rest in this most arduous phase in Sri Lankan cricket history having turned in so many brilliant performances was none other than SL's greatest ever Test batsman Kumar Sangakkara.

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 10)

    Before the start of Sri Lanka's international season in May 2011 it was clear that the ensuing 9 months was easily going to be the most arduous phase in SL cricket history since entering the big leagues back in 1982 as we were set to face the four best bowling attacks in World Cricket; Eng, Aus, SA & Pak (all but Aus away from home as well) If that was no enough we also had 8 ODIs against Australia and India (4 each against each side, well actually 7 against Aus as we played the finals too) coming up in Aus as well. So in total it was a period that saw Sri Lanka play 12 Test matches against Eng, Aus, Pak and SA (9 of them away from home) and a total of 31 ODIs against Eng, Aus, Pak, SA & Ind (26 of them away from home). I said that at the end of this phase we will learn a hell of a lot about our cricketers especially how tough they are when playing back-to-back series against tough opponents away from home in alien conditions.

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 9)

    2011 was one of the most prolific years for Sangakkara with the bat thus becoming the only international batsman to amass more than 2000 runs collectively in Tests and ODIs combined whilst Avg 50 in Tests and 51 in ODIs. What makes Sangakkara's achievements in 2011 incredibly special is the kind of opponents and surfaces on which he scored his runs against and on respectively and also when you consider that he batted with such purpose, determination and brilliance in a year in which the SL cricket board did not pay Sangakkara and his team mates their monthly salary.

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 8)

    What makes the likes of Sangakkara and Inzi so special is that they have and are playing out their careers having never had the luxury of being a part of a star studded batting line up of 7. These guys played almost all of their careers being a part of fragile batting line ups with the onus of their respective team's batting fortunes resting entirely on their shoulders thus batting under an incredible and unfathomable amount of pressure every time they walked into bat. Despite this these guys delivered day in day out for their respective teams. Sangakkara batting at number 3 often found himself in to face the new ball within the first 5 overs of the innings as Sri Lanka never had a settled opening batting pair in Tests. Delivering under pressure was Sangakkara's special ability and he did so with alarming consistency for Sri Lanka in Test cricket and none proves this more than his Wisden honours earning achievements last year.

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 7)

    Sanga's 192 against Aus in Aus back in 2007 to-date remains the highest 4th innings score by a visiting batsman in Aus. Tendulkar's 4th innings avg against Aus in Aus is 20 in 15 Tests.

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 6)

    Kumar Sangakkara's scores in his last four innings in Australia read as 77, 66, 57 & 192. India won Tests against the Aussies last decade and drew a few as well. However, none of those wins or draws were achieved against an Aussie team which had McGrath and Warne playing together. SL was the only team from the sub-continent to achieve what was deemed impossible back then when they drew a Test against the Aus in 2004 and that too an Aussie side which McGrath and Warne playing together and playing at their very best. Surprise, Surprise as the man who made that seemingly unfathomable task possible was none other than Sanga who batted almost the entire 5th day of the Test absorbing the immense pressure and everything else that the Aussies threw at him and ensured that a draw was possible. No other sub-continental batsman has managed to achieve this against Aus (which had McGrath and Warne playing together)

  • johnathonjosephs on July 5, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    @coolitbaby World Cup games have nothing to do with Test Rankings and are valued less than test innings. By the way, Sangakkara was the third highest run getter in the 2011 WC and I think he had the highest average on that list

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 5)

    Kumar Sangakkara also has had the biggest impact in matches won away from home (away from the sub-continent) in places such as Australia, England, South Africa & New Zealand collectively, amongst all Sub-Continental batsmen in the 7 year period since 2005 with an avg of 75 and two match winning hundreds which is more than what any other sub-continent batsmen has managed in the said period.

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART4)

    Kumar Sangakkara's 12 second innings Test match hundreds is 2nd only to Sachin Tendulkar's 13 in the all time list but Sachin has played 76 Tests more than Sangakkara. Sangakkara's 8 Test double hundreds are 3rd in the all time list behind Brian Charles Lara who has 9 and Sir Don Bradman who has 12. Sangakkara's AVG of 71 in matches won by Sri Lanka (against the major Test playing nations) is by far the highest by a Sri Lankan batsman who has scored more than 2000 runs in Test wins and also happens to be the 4th best Test batting Avg of all time in Test match wins by a batsman (2000 Test runs plus in Test wins and exclu those against BD and ZIM) behind Bradman, Inzi and Sobers.

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 3)

    Kumar Sangakkara's astonishing and phenomenal Test batting AVG of 70 in 62 Tests when playing purely as a batsman is 2nd only to the great Sir Don Bradman (qualification; 5,000 Test runs or more) in the history of the game. Take a look at the comparison between Sir Don Bradman's career stats in Test cricket and Kumar Sangakkara's stats when playing purely as a batsman. The similarities are uncanny.

    Sir Don Bradman

    Matches-------Runs---------AVG---------200s------100s-------50s 52-------------6996---------99.94---------12---------29--------13

    Kumar Sangakkara

    Matches-------Runs---------AVG---------200s------100s-------50s 62-------------6681----------70------------8----------23--------27

  • KosalaDeSilva on July 5, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    I really like those people saying Sanga score on flat tracks. Well, I think they should see his centuries he got all over the world.

    In fact every one know , for the question where you can get most batsmen friendly flat cricket pitches? Answer India...So..who playing on those tracks most?

  • MAIRJ23 on July 5, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    EDUCATION ON SANGA (PART 2)

    Sanga's collective batting AVG of 42 in Tests played in AUS, ENG, NZ & SA (Quali; over 1000 runs cumulatively) is also the highest ever by a Sri Lankan batsman of all time and the collective 5 Test hundreds he has scored in AUS, ENG, SA & NZ is also the highest of all time by a Sri Lankan batsman in Tests. Sangakkara's bating AVG of 49 away from home (and neutral venues) against the major Test playing nations (excluding BD and ZIM) is also the highest of all time by a Sri Lankan batsman and the 11 Test hundreds he has scored against these teams away from home is also the highest of all time by a Sri Lankan batsman. Sangakkara's 2nd innings batting AVG of 53 is also the highest of all time by a Sri Lankan batsman and also happens to be the 3rd highest of all time in the history of the game behind Kallis and Border (qualification; more than 3000 2nd innings Test runs)

  • jay_vkjay on July 5, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Despite,the fact that he missed two double tons in consecutive matches,he is absolutely WORLD-CLASS.No wonder that no indian players in the top ten.....

  • on July 5, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    it's amazing when indian batsmen keep racking up runs in flat pitches no body mummers, then they get thrashed overseas. only dravid can truly claim to be great as he has scored all over the world. Sanga has proved himself as a model cricketer, on and off the pitch.

  • getsetgopk on July 5, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    A wonderful cricketer with excellent technique and skill set, clearly the best batsman in world cricket right now. well played Sanga!

  • toysoldier9 on July 5, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    @ golgoal....are you saying pakistan is not a good team and they have a weak bowling attack? sanga is not the only sub continent batsmen playing on flat tracks....why aren't the others as prolific as he is in test matches?....mate! when you see class just appreciate it without trying to find shoddy reasons for denouncing it.

  • on July 5, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    It is interesting, there are 4 South Africans in the top 10, does that make them the best batting line up?

  • coolitbaby on July 5, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    @Sinhaya : Great batsman playing on flat pitches and easy match conditions only, you mean. Let's see him play a few great innings in world cups. All we saw him doing was playing and missing and dropping catches in crucial games.

  • just_chill_chill on July 5, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    @pudpat : I agree. Rohit is a great talent, and will score loads of runs in test matches, guaranteed. And unlike Sangakara he does not require flat pitches to score runs at. And he also plays well under pressure, unline Sangakara.

  • Noball_Specialist on July 5, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    SL will be hosting India soon, so another opportunity to accumulate centuries on the dead wickets of Sri Lanka. Sanga is a awesome batsmen no doubt about it, but a lot of his stats are inflated. Regardless the technique is there to see. Would love to see SL outside of Asia more often rather than cycling India and Pakistan series'.

  • crktcrzy on July 5, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    No Indian batsman, bowler or all-rounder in top 10 in tests LOL!! Looks like IPL is ruining them more than I thought

  • SaudAliPk on July 5, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Sanga is one of the finest test cricketer today. He deserve to be on no. one spot.

  • on July 5, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    He's da best! how can u say dat he plays well on flat pitches only???whats the basis to that?? he performed well in the seaming pitches in south africa. And then again in england and new zealand.

  • on July 5, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    @sinyaya- You are among the great batsmen the world ever saw. RIP.

  • on July 5, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    wow such a great player! he should only play on dead sri lankan pitches to create more feats from here on in.

  • Sinhaya on July 5, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    At anti Sanga commentors, forgot how Sangakkara scored a test ton in Southampton last year, in Durban last year in the Boxing Day test, 182 in Hobart in 2007, a double ton in Abu Dhabi test match last year against Pakistan, a ton in Sharjah test along with 287 against South Africa in 2006!! Sanga is excellent in all conditions. He could have scored a double ton in Hobart if not for the dreadful umpiring howler by Rudi Koertzen.

  • on July 5, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Obvously some of you have no clue abt what you write. Sanga has scored 100s all over the world. He is particularly have a liking in Australia including that famous 192 there when SA umpire Rodi gave him out, which he later apologized for giving a wrong decision. Sanga, along with Aravinda are SL's best batsmen who can handle pace well. He has recently scored a 100 on a difficult SA wicket and in England. He is one of the fastest to get to 9000 and probably to 10000 as well. He has one of the least no of zeros. The so called flat track does not necessarily mean anyone can score 100s at will. Ponting, one of the modern greats has never scored well in India and in SL. Thilan who scored back to back 100s on the so called fast pitches in SA has so far failed to score in this so called flat tracks. A 100 is a 100 no matter where you score.

  • on July 5, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Flat tracks or bowler friendly wickets dont realy matter because everything evens itself out. In bowler friendly wickets we can argue why the worlds top ten wicket takers consist from the sub continent. With so much cricket, players often play more away tests in unfamilliar conditions so we should give credit to sanga. its not only his talent but his dedication to sri lankan cricket that brings him where he is now.Well deserved Sanga, One of the few batmens I could watch all day, Kallis being another in his category in terms of class, professionalism, dedication and pure talent

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 5, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @pudpat: lol, very ironically funny statement.

  • on July 5, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    yo d best Sanga.......... super class act....... u deserve more than this & u thoroughly deserved those two, missed back to back double centuries!!! no worrys; im sure u will be the Test Player of the Year 2012........ congratz.......... LIONz ROAR!!!!!

  • on July 5, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    A classy batsmen.The greatest batsman Srilanka has ever produced.He deserves it more than anyone else.Hope he gets his 10,000 quickly inorder to acheive another feat.

  • sonu77 on July 5, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    He deserved it !!! Probably the best batsman in the world among playing today.He is the only batsman in top ten in all 3 formats.If he continue like this,he has a great opportunity to become a greatest ever test batsman in the world according to the ratings.Only 70pts away from that.Hope he will achieve that landmark in near future....!

  • bighit14 on July 5, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Flat pitches helped him get to the top again. Ratings system should take into account, the home and away pitches

  • golgoal on July 5, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    This is totally excellent. Let us produce more flat track featherbeds so that Sanga is able to add in a few more runs and cement his position at the top. Against good teams in better conditions, the will as usual be struggling to put bat to ball.

  • Sinhaya on July 5, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Congratulations and well done Sangaaa! Hope you reach 10,000 test runs in Pallekelle. You are among the great batsmen the world ever saw.

  • Karnan-CH on July 5, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    what a player, classy and very very competitor left hander.... nothing else to say!

  • Yevghenny on July 5, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    just goes to show how much of their cricket Sri Lanka play at home.

  • Solace1 on July 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Stay there while you can because the moment Mumbai Indians stalwarts Rohit sharma and Kieron Pollard start playing test cricket they will blow away the other guys and will be on top!!

  • Meety on July 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Well done Kumar, my favourite non-ozzy. He really should of been born in Oz!

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  • Meety on July 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Well done Kumar, my favourite non-ozzy. He really should of been born in Oz!

  • Solace1 on July 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Stay there while you can because the moment Mumbai Indians stalwarts Rohit sharma and Kieron Pollard start playing test cricket they will blow away the other guys and will be on top!!

  • Yevghenny on July 5, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    just goes to show how much of their cricket Sri Lanka play at home.

  • Karnan-CH on July 5, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    what a player, classy and very very competitor left hander.... nothing else to say!

  • Sinhaya on July 5, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Congratulations and well done Sangaaa! Hope you reach 10,000 test runs in Pallekelle. You are among the great batsmen the world ever saw.

  • golgoal on July 5, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    This is totally excellent. Let us produce more flat track featherbeds so that Sanga is able to add in a few more runs and cement his position at the top. Against good teams in better conditions, the will as usual be struggling to put bat to ball.

  • bighit14 on July 5, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Flat pitches helped him get to the top again. Ratings system should take into account, the home and away pitches

  • sonu77 on July 5, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    He deserved it !!! Probably the best batsman in the world among playing today.He is the only batsman in top ten in all 3 formats.If he continue like this,he has a great opportunity to become a greatest ever test batsman in the world according to the ratings.Only 70pts away from that.Hope he will achieve that landmark in near future....!

  • on July 5, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    A classy batsmen.The greatest batsman Srilanka has ever produced.He deserves it more than anyone else.Hope he gets his 10,000 quickly inorder to acheive another feat.

  • on July 5, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    yo d best Sanga.......... super class act....... u deserve more than this & u thoroughly deserved those two, missed back to back double centuries!!! no worrys; im sure u will be the Test Player of the Year 2012........ congratz.......... LIONz ROAR!!!!!