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Meet Kumar Sangakkara, All time favourite cricketer in test cricket

Meet Kumar Sangakkara, All time favourite cricketer in test cricket
Written by Abhishek Lohia

Kumar Sangakkara, former Sri Lanka skipper and wicket-keeper batsman who is known for his cool temperament and ultimate chasing ability is an all-time favourite cricketer in the world. Sangakkara is also known as the best wicket-keeper just after Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He made his ODI debut on 5 July 2000 while he got his first chance in Test on 22 July 2000. Sangakkara is the only batsman to score the fastest 8,000, 9,000 and 11,000 runs in test cricket. Sangakkara maturity was first shown in Colombo in 2006, when he and his close friend Mahela Jayawardene, added 624 against a South African attack boasting Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini. Sangakkara contributed 287 and did his reputation no wrong a year later when he went to Hobart and scored a cheezy 192 in a close defeat.

In 2010 Sangakkara becoming the equal fastest man to complete 10,000 Test runs alongside Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, with the biggest Test crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground Sri Lanka had ever played for an audience. Sangakkara has a great record against Pakistan, has scored 2,911 runs in 23 test matches, with a batting average of 52, has scored 1352 runs in 17 games. In test cricket, he has scored 38 centuries, 10 out of which were come against Pakistan. Sangakkara has 12,400 runs in Test cricket with a batting average of 57.40.

Sangakkara Batting Record 

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 134 233 17 12400 319 57.40 22882 54.19 38 52 1491 51 182 20
ODIs 404 380 41 14234 169 41.98 18048 78.86 25 93 1385 88 402 99
T20Is 56 53 9 1382 78 31.40 1156 119.55 0 8 139 20 25 20
First-class 260 430 31 20911 319 52.40 64 86 371 33
List A 528 500 54 19453 169 43.61 39 120 518 124
T20s 264 257 23 6850 94 29.27 5417 126.45 0 42 732 136 164 60

Sangakkara Captaincy Record

Sangakkara’s results in international matches
Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied No result
Test 134* 54 42 37 0
ODI 404 217 167 2 17
T20I 56 34 20 1 1

Sangakkara has performed in five seasons of the (IPL) Indian Premier League. He also Won the bids for him in 2008 and 2011 were US$700,000 by Kings XI Punjab and US$300,000 by Deccan Chargers respectively. He was the captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team IN 2009 IPL Season. Sangakkara has scored 1567 runs with ten half-centuries in 62 matches in IPL. With these record, we can easily say that he is a tremendous cricketer not only on the ground but also outside the ground he is also a good friend. 

About the author

Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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