'Sangakkara has no obvious weakness'

The simplicity in Kumar Sangakkara's technique stands out. This whole process of batting seems easy to him. He is balanced, in control, and there is no rush to his movements

Producer: Gokul Chakravarthy

June 19, 2014

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

@ Prabhakar Muthukrishnan - Centuries don't make a batsman the best batsman, sachin is just a average batsman who has played for 10 years more than Sangakkara. When Sachin's average reaches 70 or above it can then be compared to Sanga. ohh yes I forgot he retired. So that means Sanga's average has to reduce by 20 runs per innings as a pure batsman to be compared to Sachin. Sanga still averages more against the top 8 nations than anyone else. So no comparison. @ ITJOBSUCKS - Just because he is being modest does not mean that he is not the best batsman of his era. If Sanga players for 24 years then he would have many more players than the list quoted who mentioned that he is the greatest batsman ever. Have no doubt he is better than. Bradman who mostly faced the same weak English attack.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

to stat guys, dravid average 35 or less in srilanka, sanga 80 or something, now?

Posted by Triple_A on (June 24, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

Sangakkara might be a good batsman, but he is no gentleman as the public believes him to be. It doesn't look very sporting when you hear him sledge the opposition or appeal for caught behinds on wides. Plus, he was the captain when Sehwag was denied his century by that ugly no-ball. He might score runs, but he is no Sachin, Dravid or Kallis when it comes to gamesmanship.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Anyone who averages high 50s in addition to keeping wicket is one special cricketer..one simply cannot ask for more than that from any player. If he wasn't special then many more Sri Lankan batsmen would have been as successful as him...none were/are.He certainly can be compared with Lara and Tendulkar...Sachin seemed very ordinary in S.A actually and only on his last tour there did he score heavily although very scratchy.Batting at 3/4 and keeping wicket for long patches of his career gave SL 2 players in one.Keeping to Murali takes a fine keeper. Certainly Mahela might have more flair but to deny a guy who averages 58!! over a long period,keeping wicket and not having the luxury of a strong batting nor bowling line up like the Aussies had,makes him very special.

Posted by Srilion79 on (June 23, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

I'm really sorry to see that some fans cannot accept the fact that it's not Sanga's problem of having played most matches in sub continent. If he get's chances like Sachin and Lara to play outside the subcontinent, he would have surely proven himself as one of the greats....

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (June 23, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

@KSQUARED I've heard Warne(rated SRT as No.1),Mcgrath(rated SRT as No.1), Gillespie, Lee, Ambrose,Donald(must have said zillion times that Sachin was the toughest batsman he had ever bowled to), Pollock, Walsh, Wasim, Waqar saying them Sachin & Lara were the BEST batsmen of last generation but never ever heard them saying same thing about Sanga!!! To be rated as the BEST you've perform everywhere & particularly against the BEST teams which were AUS & SA(2nd best in TEST) esp in their own backyard in the last 2 decade!!! If same SRT had scored tons of runs in INDIA & Lara in WI failed abraod esp in AUS & SA, nobody would've said they were the best....On top of this, SRT & Lara dominated BEST bowling attacks in their backyard which sanga has never done that & sanga has admitted this!!!! Just scoring tons of runs on SC pitches/taking tons of wickets doesn't make anyone the BEST!!!

Posted by ksquared on (June 23, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

@DEATHHAWK...that stat should be the only thing needed to say Sanga is a great Batsman. Some people mostly indians who haven't even seen a test match in SL seem to think that every pitch in SL is a flat batting track which simply untrue many pitches in SL offer more to fast bowlers than some pitches in ENG and you have to be a great batsman to tackle vicious spin seen in grounds like Galle. Another fact...Sanga averages 80 plus against PAK which has always had great fast bowlers. It's not Sangas fault that SL haven't been given tests abroad. BTW Sanga has only played 6 tests in IND in a career spanning 14 years which is ridiculous to say the least.

Posted by DeathHawk on (June 23, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

Interesting stat... if you take out all innings a player has played against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe and add a criteria of batting a minimum of 40 innings - Sangakkara shows up 14th in the list of all-time career averages. The noteworthy stat is that there is no player who made his debut after 1970 in the list of 13 players ahead of Sangakkara. It seems that in 186 innings, Sangakkara has made 27 hundreds and 40 fifties at an average of 53.45 against the top test opposition he has faced. Compare this to the averages of other top modern players against the best opporsition of their time -- Tendulkar 51.01, Lara 52.53, Kallis 52.98, Ponting 51.11, AB De Villiers 52.68, Amla 51.05, Clarke 52.21, Dravid 49.78, Chanderpaul 51.51, Cook 45.34, Pietersen 46.66 and Inzamam-ul-Haq 49.38...

Posted by Julian12 on (June 23, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

Do let me get this straight, if you take away his averages against Zim & Bang his average reduces ?, ok so if you take away the fact that Don Bradman played against only a handful of countries (most of the player he would have seen numerous times)does that his average means any less. Or can you take away the fact that Sachin scores a mojority of his runs on flat pitches too?. Basically we a penalizing a cricketer for making the most of an advatage, isn't that sport ? if you pit Le Bron against B- class wouldn't he take advantage. Sachin and other greats have also had an opportunity to make the most of the weaker teams, but is it Sangakarra's fault they didn't. Use logic guyz, He brings joy to the fans that lofve to watch hard work converted to performance thats all the matters.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

People say that Sangakkara has scored heavily against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Someone here has also remarked on his average by omitting his averages in Australia and New Zealand. I can't understand the logics behind these. One thing I can say is that people try to wangle out the fact that He is just a flat track bully. Omitting his excellence in Australia and New Zealand is an attempt to make his record mediocre. Omit Sachin's records in countries he has performed well; his average would come down dramatically too. Sanga is not a naturally talented player. He is a hard worker. Show him that he is weak against something. He would immediately work on it and rectify it. This series in England clearly shows it. Sangakkara has played all his tests in England during spring and had to contend with viciously moving ball. He had played only nine tests hitherto, a lot lower than Sachin. But using all his experience he has amassed runs in England.

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