2012 Review

Kumar Sangakkara      

Full name Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara

Born October 27, 1977, Matale

Current age 36 years 359 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 128 221 17 11988 319 58.76 22124 54.18 37 51 1454 47 176 20
ODIs 380 357 37 12844 169 40.13 16561 77.55 19 86 1244 73 378 89
T20Is 56 53 9 1382 78 31.40 1156 119.55 0 8 139 20 25 20
First-class 221 361 28 17099 319 51.34 49 75 342 33
List A 480 453 47 16751 169 41.25 28 107 482 114
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 128 4 84 49 0 - - - 3.50 - 0 0 0
ODIs 380 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 56 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 221 246 150 1 1/13 150.00 3.65 246.0 0 0
List A 480 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 155 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v South Africa at Galle, Jul 20-23, 2000 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC), Aug 14-18, 2014 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Galle, Jul 5, 2000 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Dambulla, Aug 30, 2014 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 Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC), Aug 14-18, 2014 scorecard
List A debut 1997/98
Last List A Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Dambulla, Aug 30, 2014 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
2c/0s, 2 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Dambulla 30 Aug 2014 ODI # 3519
11, 2c/0s Sri Lanka v Pakistan Hambantota 26 Aug 2014 ODI # 3515
25, 1c/0s Sri Lanka v Pakistan Hambantota 23 Aug 2014 ODI # 3512
22, 59 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Colombo (SSC) 14 Aug 2014 Test # 2136
221, 21 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Galle 6 Aug 2014 Test # 2133
0, 72 Sri Lanka v South Africa Colombo (SSC) 24 Jul 2014 Test # 2131
24, 76 Sri Lanka v South Africa Galle 16 Jul 2014 Test # 2129
0c/0s, 36 Sri Lanka v South Africa Hambantota 12 Jul 2014 ODI # 3502
7, 3c/0s Sri Lanka v South Africa Pallekele 9 Jul 2014 ODI # 3501
0c/0s, 88 Sri Lanka v South Africa Colombo (RPS) 6 Jul 2014 ODI # 3500
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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Cricinfo picks - Our top articles on this player
  • The individualist (Dec 12, 2004)
    He's a tough-talking, sharp-thinking, ball-bashing man with a plan
  • Practice makes perfect (Dec 7, 2007)
    The secret of a purple patch: practice, and keeping things simple
Latest Articles
Latest Photos

Sep 3, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews shared the Best Batsman Award for Tests, Colombo, September 3, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews shared the Best Batsman Award for Tests

© SLC

Aug 30, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara walks back for 2, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 30, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara walks back for 2

© AFP

Aug 29, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara has a word with Rangana Herath during a practice session, Dambulla, August 29, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara has a word with Rangana Herath during a practice session

© AFP

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

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