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Kumar Sangakkara
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Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka|Wicketkeeper batter
Kumar Sangakkara

INTL CAREER: 2000 - 2015

Full Name

Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara

Born

October 27, 1977, Matale

Age

43y 192d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper batter

TEAMS

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.

Ranatunga had already exploded the myth of the Sri Lankans being meek men who could be bullied, but Sangakkara has refined the belligerence, combining a suave exterior with cutting asides and sharp sledges from behind the stumps. Initially, his glovework wasn't for the purists, but such was his batting ability that there was no question of displacing him from the XI.

As a batsman, he has matured steadily, and the appetite for runs was best illustrated at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo in 2006, when he and Mahela Jayawardene, captain and close friend, added 624 against a South African attack boasting Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini. Sangakkara contributed 287 and did his burgeoning reputation no harm a year later when he went to Hobart and scored a dazzling 192 in a close defeat. By then, he already had a half-century in a World Cup final to his name, and long before Jayawardene relinquished the captaincy, it was understood that Sangakkara would be the anointed one.

He has been far less relentless in the one-day arena, often throwing his wicket away when well set, but his leadership qualities have made him a sought-after signing in the Indian Premier League. With the captain's burden on his shoulders, he no longer keeps in Test matches, but the smart-alec remarks from behind the stumps are a common feature of every game that Sri Lanka plays in coloured clothes.

Although leadership drew the best from him as a batsman, he remains a voracious no. 3 in all forms despite having relinquished the reins in 2011. Sangakkara won the top prize at 2012's ICC awards, in addition to the award for Test Cricketer of the Year and the People's Choice award for the second year running. Later that year he confirmed himself among batting's modern greats, by becoming the equal fastest man to 10,000 Test runs alongside Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, with the biggest Test crowd Sri Lanka had ever played for in audience, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Dileep Premachandran and ESPNcricinfo staff

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test134233171240031957.402288254.19385214915118220
ODI404380411423416941.981804878.86259313858840299
T20I5653913827831.401156119.5508139202520
FC260430312091131952.40648637133
List A529501541945616943.5239120518124
T202672602369379429.275487126.4204374013916760
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test134484490---3.50-000
ODI404------------
T20I56------------
FC26024615011/13150.003.65246.0000
List A529000-----000
T20267------------
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Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATWKDATEGROUNDFORMAT
M.C.C. vs Sultans521c/0s19-Feb-2020LahoreT20
M.C.C. vs Northern101c/0s17-Feb-2020LahoreT20
M.C.C. vs Shaheens3--16-Feb-2020LahoreList A
M.C.C. vs Qalandars251c/0s14-Feb-2020LahoreT20
Sultans vs United10c/0s13-Mar-2018SharjahT20

Videos



Photos


Kumar Sangakkara speaks in Lahore at the start of MCC's tour
Spot the former cricketer (and maybe some future ones too)
Kumar Sangakkara talks to the media
Tim May, Sourav Ganguly, Vince van der Bijl, Shakib Al Hasan (standing), Shane Warne, Mike Gatting and Kumar Sangakkara (sitting) at the MCC World Committee meeting
Kumar Sangakkara chats with the Sri Lanka support staff
Kumar Sangakkara and Ricky Ponting share a laugh with Australia's Tim Paine