Kumar Sangakkara overview

Regarded as the greatest batsmen of all time, Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara was born on 27th October 1977. He is a Sri Lankan cricket commentator, cricketer, and former captain of the Sri Lankan national team. He is a left-handed batsman and the greatest wicket-keeper to ever play for his country. Sangakkara has scored 28,016 runs in International cricket across all formats in his 15-years long career. He retired as the second-highest run getter in ODIs and the sixth-highest run scorer in Test cricket.

Regarded as the greatest batsmen of all time, Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara was born on 27th October 1977. He is a Sri Lankan cricket commentator, cricketer, and former captain of the Sri Lankan national team. He is a left-handed batsman and the greatest wicket-keeper to ever play for his country. Sangakkara has scored 28,016 runs in International cricket across all formats in his 15-years long career. He retired as the second-highest run getter in ODIs and the sixth-highest run scorer in Test cricket.

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 134 133 16 12400 319 57.14 22882 54.19 38 11 52 1491 51
ODI 404 380 41 14234 169 41.99 18049 78.86 25 0 93 1385 88
T20 56 53 9 1382 78 31.41 1156 119.55 0 0 8 139 20
IPL 71 68 3 1687 94 25.95 1392 121.19 0 0 10 195 27

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 134 4 84 49 0 0/4 0/4 3.5 0.0 0.0 0 0
ODI 404 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
T20 56 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
IPL 71 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

Early signs

Sangakkara was born sportsman and excelled in most of the games during his school and college days. However, his principle encouraged him to shift his focus to the game of cricket. He went on to represent the Under- 13, Under 15, Under-17, Under-19 and first XI squads and was awarded the Trinity Lion award and Ryde Gold Medal by his school. Sangakkara made his debut in test cricket on 20 July 2000 at the age of 22, keeping wicket in the first fixture of a three-match series against South Africa. He got out in the nervous nineties twice before securing his first test hundred. He scored 35 runs on his ODI debut against Pakistan and received his first man of the match award in his 2nd appearance of the Singer Triangular Series, 2000 where he scored 85 runs against South Africa. He finished the series with 199 runs under his belt at an average of 66.33, this performance secured his place in the next series against South Africa and he never looked back from there.

ODI Career

Sangakkara made his ODI debut against Pakistan at Galle International stadium on 5th July 2000. Since his debut, he has played in 404 matches and has scored 14234 runs, from which his highest score stands at 169. His career average stands at 41.99 and his strike rate at 78.86. He has 25 hundreds and 93 fifties under his belt and is considered to be one of the most formidable batsmen of his time.

Test career

Sangakkara made his test debut against South Africa at Galle International Stadium on 20th July 2000. Since his debut, Sangakkara has played in 134 matches and has scored 12,400 runs at an average of 57.18 and a strike rate of 54.19. His highest score in a match is 319 runs. Sangakkara has 38 hundreds, 11 double-hundreds and 52 fifties under his belt.

IPL career

Sangakkara made his IPL debut against the CSK - Chennai at Punjab Cricket association IS Bindra Stadium on 19th April and has played in 71 matches since then. He has scored 1687 runs at a strike rate of 121.19 and has 10 fifties under his belt.

T20 Career

Sangakkara made his T20 debut against England at the Rose Bowl on 15th June 2006. Since his debut, He has played in 56 matches from which he has 1382 runs at an average of 31.41 and a strike rate of 119.55. He also has 8 fifties under his belt.

ICC Trophies

In the year 2006, then captain Marvan Atapattu got injured and Mahela Jayewardene and Sangakkara had to step in as Captain and Vice-captain of the team, respectively. The duo continued this partnership for a couple of series successfully and when the regular captain’s recovery took longer than usual, the took up the roles full-time. Since that time, Kumar Sangakkara has lifted up the team in more ways than one. Be it his historic partnerships with Mahela or his unforgettable milestones, he has always stepped on the pedestal to his team’s rescue whenever needed. It will be hard for Sri Lanka to find a player of his caliber for a very long time.

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