Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka|Wicketkeeper batter
Kumar Sangakkara

INTL CAREER: 2000 - 2015

Full Name

Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara


October 27, 1977, Matale


44y 36d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Fielding Position


Playing Role

Wicketkeeper batter


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.

Dileep Premachandran and ESPNcricinfo staff

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A529501541945616943.5239120518124
List A529000-----000
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Kumar Sangakkara and Mike Hesson have a chat before the match
Friends, legends, team-mates - and now on opposite sides: Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralidaran catch up before the match
Kumar Sangakkara speaks in Lahore at the start of MCC's tour
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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