Kumar Sangakkara is a former Sri Lankan professional cricket who used to be to left-handed top-order batter and wicket-keeper. Sangakkara is the second-highest run-scorer in the ODIs after Sachin Tendulkar, and in test cricket, he is ranked in sixth place. He was also named to the ICC Hall of Fame, and he will always be remembered in the history of Sri Lankan Cricket. Let’s look into this brilliant cricketer’s career.
- Full Name: Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara
- Born: October 27, 1977
- Age: 45
- Height: 5 ft 10 in (178cm)
- Nationality: Sri Lanka
- Batting Style: Left Handed
- Bowling Style: Right Arm Off break
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Kumar Sangakkara was a law student before he entered professional cricket. At the age of 22 years, he played his first test match. He was a replacement for Kaliwuthirana and scored 23 runs in one inning. He scored 35 runs in his first ODI match in 2000. In the 2nd ODI match, he was the man of the match and scored 85 runs against South Africa. In that series, he was able to secure 199 runs and his place in the upcoming test team.
In 2001, he scored his first century, before that, he was dismissed twice in the 90s. His 105* helped Sri Lanka to win the match. After one year, he scored a double-century against Pakistan. And Sri Lanka won the Test Championship. In 2004, he set a world record when Sangakkara, along with Marvan Atapattu, made a partnership of 438 against Zimbabwe. He scored 270 in that match, and then ICC named him to the World XI ODI team.
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In 2006, Mahela Jayawardene became the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, and Sangakkara became the vice-captain. In the same year, Sangakkara scored his second-highest score in test cricket. There was a record-breaking partnership between Sangakkara and Jayawardene. The test match was against South Africa, and the pair captain and vice-captain made 624 runs on the 3rd wicket.
In 2007, Sangakkara was the number one ICC Test player, with a rating of 938. This was the highest rating by a Sri Lankan player. His skills took him to the ICC World XI One-Day International team. Though the team lost, Sangakkara was able to keep an average of 46. He also scored 8000, 9000, 10000, 11000, and 12000 runs as the fastest man.
Finally the time has come when he was named the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. The main reason is that Jayawardene stepped down from captaincy. Sangakkara’s first adventure as a captain was the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. And Sri Lanka was the runners-up in the tournament, losing against Pakistan. He scored 64 runs in the final, but Sri Lanka was unable to win.
After a couple of bad phases, Sri Lanka took the momentum and started winning matches. 2011 was the year when Sri Lanka won a series in Australia for the first time. The decision was clear, Sangakkara wanted to resign as the captain after finishing the 2011 World Cup. There was a little controversy that Sangakkara later addressed about the toss in the final match. Later, Tillakaratne Dilshan had the opportunity to be the skipper of the Sri Lankan Cricket team in all formats.
In 2011-12, Sangakkara was the man of the series against Pakistan. In 2013, he was also the ODI Cricketer of the Year. In the same year, he was appointed to the ICC World XI Test team as the wicket-keeper captain. Sri Lanka won a test series against England, where he scored 192. After the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan, this was the first time when Sri Lanka won a test series. In 2014, Sangakkara was able to hit 300 against Bangladesh and scored 319 runs.
Sangakkara and Jayawardene crossed the record of the 3rd wicket partnership of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, which was 5826 runs, by scoring a total of 5890 runs. He also performed well in the 2014 Asia Cup and scored a total of 245 runs in five innings. Later, he also took participation in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. His performance was not good enough, but in the finals, he scored 51 runs in only 33 balls. Within one year, he decided to end his career. In 2014, from Twenty20, and in 2015, From ODI and Test Cricket.
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There are a couple of records that are not impossible, but really hard to cross for anyone.
- Second highest run scorer (ODI)
- Sixth highest run scorer (Test)
- Second most double centuries (11)
- Fourth highest centuries (38)
- Most Dismissals (383 catches +99 stumps)
- Four consecutive hundreds
To talk about Kumar Sangakkara in 10 to 15 minutes is not a work for a human being. The main is full of discipline, he has been a born leader, there was not a single controversy against him, and most importantly, before M.S. Dhoni, this man was famous for his cool mind. Kumar Sangakkara will be remembered as long as there is cricket, batting, and wicket-keeping.