Kumar Sangakkara

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Kumar Sangakkara

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Full name

Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara


27 October 1977 (age 35) Matale, Sri Lanka




5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

Batting style

Left hand bat

486 11.99 16/79 169 – – – – – – 49.798 15.00 – – – – 1/13 – – .075 15.26 42/66 287 204 1 41.Bowling style Right arm off break Role Batsman.559 56.27 24/100 169 – – 112.98 33/42 287 78 – – – – – 39. Wicket-keeper International information National side  Sri Lanka Test debut (cap 84) Last Test ODI debut (cap 93) Last ODI 20 July 2000 v South Africa 8–12 July 2012 v Pakistan 5 July 2000 v Pakistan 31 July 2013 v South Africa Domestic team information Years 1997–present 2008–2010 2007 2011–2012 2012–present 2013–present Nondescripts Kings XI Punjab Warwickshire Deccan Chargers Kandurata Warriors Sunrisers Hyderabad Career statistics Competition Matches Runs scored Batting average 100s/50s Top score Balls bowled Wickets Bowling average 5 wickets in innings 10 wickets in match Best bowling Team Test ODI FC LA 117 354 205 450 10.

Catches/stumpings 168/20 353/85 330/33 455/110 Source: Cricinfo.[1] In 2012. the same number it took Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar to reach the same figure. he has contributed to the 3rd highest number of dismissals in ODIs—382. he was honoured as one of the top-five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. He is also the first cricketer ever to score 150+ scores in four consecutive Test matches.[10] Sangakkara delivered the 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture. stepping down after the2011 ICC World Cup final. behind Donald Bradman (12) and Brian Lara (9).2 Sri Lanka Premier League 3.1 Early career 2.3 Captaincy 2.5 Cowdrey Lecture 3 Domestic cricket o o o 3. 04 August 2013 Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara (Sinhala: ) (born 27 October 1977) is a Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team.[9] It includes 81stumpings. He is a left-handed toporder batsman and the wicket-keeper in the One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 formats of the game. [3][4] Currently Kumar Sangakkara is placed at number 2 in ICC test rankings. which gained worldwide attention. He captained the national team from 2009 to 2011.2 As vice-captain 2.[5][6][7] With 8 double centuries.[11] He was the youngest person and the first current international player to deliver that lecture.3 Caribbean Premier League .1 Indian Premier League 3.[2] Sangakkara is described as one of the "most polished and prudent of batsmen" in cricket. The same year.[12][13] On 26 December 2012 he reached 10000 test match runs in 195 innings becoming the joint fastest to get there.[14] Contents [hide]   1 Early life 2 International career o o o o o  2. which was widely praised by the cricketing community for its outspoken nature. which is the highest for a wicket keeper in one-day international cricket.[8] As the wicket keeper. he is the third in the list of Test double century-makers. he was named the ODI Cricketer of the Year at the ICC awards ceremony.4 Post-captaincy 2.

[15] Berty Wijesinghe coached Sangakkara for under-15. at the age of 19.[18] Sangakkara was selected to represent Sri Lanka A cricket team at a tour to South Africa in 1998–99. The then principal of the Trinity College. Following his father. where he grew up in his childhood.[15] His parents settled in Kandy.[19] helped him secure a place at the Sri Lankan national cricket team later that year.[17] He was awarded The Trinity Lion. but was unable to finish his degree due to cricket tours.1 Test performance against each opponent 6.4 One-Day International Cricket – Man of the Match Awards 8 See also 9 References 10 External links Early life[edit source | editbeta] Kumar Sangakkara was born to Kumari Surangana and Swarnakumara Sangakkara. Sri Lanka in 1977.   4 Personal life 5 Playing style 6 Player statistics o o  6. for his exceptional batting and wicket-keeping skills in the 1996 season. an attorney-at-law at Matale. the most prestigious prize awarded to a Trinity sportsman. who is a lawyer in Kandy.3 One-Day International Cricket – Man of the series awards 7. Kandy. Kumar received his primary and secondary education at Trinity College.2 Test Cricket – Man of the match awards 7. under-17. His knock of unbeaten 156 against Zimbabwe A team at a one-day match. for the best allround student in his year. [16] He represented his school's under-13 cricket XI under coach Upananda Jayasundera. He was also awarded the highest honour of Trinity College_The Ryde Gold Medal. tennis. he entered the Law Faculty of the University of Colombo. swimming. an independent elite private boys' school situated in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. and an elder brother: Vemindra. Sanga was the Senior Prefect (Head Boy) of school.2 Centuries 7 Awards o o o o    7.[20] Kumar was a chorister and .1 Test Cricket – Man of the Series awards 7.( The only school in the world to own an international cricket stadium in the name of Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy. advised his mother to encourage Kumar to concentrate on cricket.) He has two sisters: Thushari and Saranga. He was able to win national colors for badminton and tennis at his younger age. Sangakkara too started playing a number of sports: badminton. Leonard de Alwis. all who have made national level achievements during their school-life. he did his Advanced Level examination in the Arts stream in 1996. under-19 and first XI squads. table tennis and cricket at the junior school.

he scored 270. As vice-captain[edit source | editbeta] Sangakkara (right) resigned the captaincy after the 2011 World Cup and was succeeded by Tillakaratne Dilshan(left). He is obviously an inspiration. scoring 85 runs against South Africa.[25] His innings of 105 not out at number three helped set up a ten-wicket victory for Sri Lanka. upon receiving his Masters degree: It is appreciated that someone like Sangakkara's sports personality is shaped by his education. once against each of South Africa and England.33. Before reaching his first Test century. securing his place for the upcoming Test series against South Africa.[30] In that game. India toured Sri Lanka for three Tests and in the opening match Sangakkara scored his first century.[22] International career[edit source | editbeta] Early career[edit source | editbeta] At the age of 25 Sangakkara made his Test debut on 20 July 2000. he made a partnership of 438 for the 2nd wicket—4th highest in the world—against Zimbabwe in 2004.[28] His performance helped Sri Lanka secure the Test championship. Sangakkara made his first ODI century against Pakistan. he was selected to the ICC World XI ODI team but missed out from itsTest counterpart. his first 250+ score. he was twice dismissed in the 90s. this time in the first of three matches against the touring West Indians. Sri Lanka won the match and in his side's only innings Sangakarra batted at the fall of the third wicket and scored 23 runs before he was dismissed leg before wicket by spin bowler Nicky Boje.[27] He scored his first double-century against Pakistan in 2002.[24] He ended the series with 199 runs. keeping wicket in the first fixture of a threematch series against South Africa. .[31] In July 2005. at an average of 66.[23] He received his first man of the match award in the 2nd match of the Singer Triangular Series. In April 2003. In August 2001. 2000.[21] He was cited as an inspiration to continue his higher education by Bangladeshi captain Mushfiqur Rahim.[26] Later that year Sangakkara scored his second Test century. in a losing effort.[29] Together with Marvan Atapattu. at the 2nd Asian Test Championship final.played the violin during his school-days.

and became the first batsman ever to score in excess of 150 in four consecutive tests.[15] His skill was recognised worldwide when he earned selection for the ICC World XI One Day International team that competed against Australia in the Johnnie Walker Series in October 2005.[37] Sangakkara was billed as a future captain of Sri Lanka.When Sri Lanka toured Bangladesh in February 2006 regular captain Marvan Atapattu was injured and Mahela Jayawardene became captain while Sangakkara was made vice-captain. the highest rating ever achieved by a Sri Lankan player. he set up the world record for the highset partnership in Test cricket—624 runs—in this match. He also holds the record for fastest 9.[36] Sangakkara holds the record for fastest 8. Sangakkara left the series with some credit.000 runs (172 innings) in Test cricket. Sangakkara suffered shrapnel wounds in his shoulder.000 runs (152 innings) in Test cricket. averaging 46.[33] The pair had only expected to hold the positions on an interim basis. and with Atapattu still injured Jayawardene and Sangakkara remained captain and vice-captain respectively.[40] In November 2006.[41] That year. On 3 March 2009. Next year. Sangakkara made it to the ICC World XI Test team he missed out previous time.[35] On 6 December 2007 he made it to the top spot of ICC Test player rankings with a rating of 938. [42] Captaincy[edit source | editbeta] Sangakkara's record as captain Matches Won Lost Drawn No result Test[43] 15 5 3 7 – . Sangakkara made his highest Test score to-date (287) against South Africa. In a record-breaking partnership with Mahela Jayawardene. he signed an agreement to join the Warwickshire County Cricket Club.[32] Pakistan toured Sri Lanka for two Test and three ODIs in March 2006. He was one of the winners of the 2008 inaugural Cricinfo awards for outstanding batting in Test cricket. but extended into a third series as Atapattu failed to recover in time tour tour England in April and ended up filling the roles full-time. He broke the previous record set by Sachin Tendulkar (154 innings) during the third Test against India on 6 August 2010. he scored back-to-back double centuries against Bangladesh and became only the fifth cricketer in the history to do so. He broke the previous record set by Rahul Dravid (176 innings) during the second Test against Pakistan on 3 November 2011. a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team convoy in Pakistan injured 6 Sri Lankan players including Sangakkara.[34] In July 2006. he was named the vicecaptain of the side.[38][39] On Sri Lanka's tour to England in May 2006. Despite the World XI losing all of the one-day games by considerable margins.

"[50] Post-captaincy[edit source | editbeta] Sri Lanka's first fixture after the World Cup was a tour of England beginning in May. but was unable to take Sri Lanka for the championship. Sangakkara filled-in while Dilshan was off the pitch and formally assumed the captaincy for the final . He offered to continue as Test captain if deemed necessary for transition to new skipper. Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka..[53] Reflecting on the decision afterwards. I also had a two-year stint. This was Sri Lanka's first ever series victory in Australia.. especially in the shorter form of the game.[48] Sri Lanka failed to reach to the knock-out stage of the ICC Champions Trophy in September 2009. It's rarely a job you will last long in .[49] A month in advance of the 2011 World Cup in March. in winning both the T20 and ODI series. suffered a broken thumb. Days after guiding Sri Lanka to the finals of the World Cup. the then captain of the Sri Lankan side. certainly on the field where our results showed we were one of the top two sides in the world for one-and-a-half years. The next Indian tour proved to be disastrous for the team.. Sangakkara decided that he would resign the captaincy after the tournament. with Sri Lanka being beaten by India in Test sries 2–0 and ODI series 3–1. and I enjoyed it at times. Sri Lankan team under the captaincy of Sangakkara gained momentum and won the next Tri-series in Bangladesh. During the second match of a three Test series Tillakaratne Dilshan.[51] Throughout the tournament Sangakkara was in prolific form with the bat scoring 465 runs from 9 matches and was the third highest run scorer behind team-mateTillakaratne Dilshan and India's Sachin Tendulkar. He said he believed that it would give his successor around two years to build up to the2011 Cricket World Cup. Sangakkara succeeded Jayawardene as Sri Lanka's captain in all formats of the game.ODI[44] 45 27 14 – 4 T20I[45] 21 12 9 – – In February 2009. he said that "captaining Sri Lanka is a job that ages you very quickly . Mahela Jayawardene announced that he would step down from captaincy "in the best interests of the Sri Lankan team".[47] Sri Lanka became runners-up in the series after winning all the game in group and knock-out stages and being defeated by Pakistan in the final. Sangakkara's successor as captain. beating India as well. The Sri Lankans'tour of Australia proved to be very successful. Sangakkara made 64 not-out in the final..[50] Sri Lanka reached the final of the tournament. His first engagement in the role was the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 hosted by England in June.[46] Therefore at the age of 31 and with the experience of 80 Tests and 246 ODIs. Sangakkara announced to the public he was stepping down as captain of the T20 and ODI teams.[52] in the event Dilshan was appointed captain across all formats.

In the following Test series Sangakkara continued his form with a 199.[12][13][64] The one hour long speech was based on the history and the corruption in the cricket administration in Sri Lanka. He followed this up with 192 in the game. But he regained his form in the ODI series VS Pakistan where he twice scored in the 90s. he said: "accountability and transparency in administration and credibility of conduct were lost in a mad power struggle that would leave Sri Lankan cricket with no clear. consistent administration". Sri Lanka later won the Test match. the scoreboard originally said he had scored the double century but it turned out to be a mistake.[54][55] The match ended in a draw and the series ended in a 1–0 victory for England. which was widely praised by the cricketing community. behind Donald Bradman and Brian Lara.[1] In 2012.[62] This is the third highest number of double centuries made by a Test cricketer in history. He failed to score a half century during The Two Test match series.Test. Cowdrey Lecture[edit source | editbeta] Kumar Sangakkara delivered the 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lords. In his speech. he was named the ODI Cricketer of the Year.[61] He scored his 8th Test double-century in that tournament.[56] Sangakkara's results in international matches[57] Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied No result Test[58] 115 46 37 32 0 – ODI[59] 337 181 139 - 2 15 T20I[60] 43 25 16 – 1 1 Sangakkara was named the man of the series in 2011–12 Pakistan vs. He made 516 runs in the 3 match series which was won by Pakistan 1 – 0. Sri Lanka drew the next two matches meaning Sri Lanka won the series 1–0. he was named one of the Wisden's five Cricketer's of the Year. wicket keeper-captain of the ICC World XI Test team.[11] He became the youngest person and the first current international player to deliver that lecture. with 12 and 9 respectively.[2] Sangakkara struggled when England toured Sri Lanka in 2012.[63] On August the same year. Sangakarra scored a century in the match. and observed that these problems in administration had risen only after Sri . The first time they won a Test series since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan. and won the ICC People's Choice Award in 2011 ICC Awards. again missing out on the double century. Sri Lanka Test series—his first man of the series award in Test cricket. his first against England in nine Tests.

he appeared as a Television commentator during some matches. Yehali.[66] Despite the critical comments by the Sri Lankan government officials. Kumar Sangakkara was named the captain and icon player of the Kandurata Warriors franchise. Caribbean Premier League[edit source | editbeta] On August 18. 2013 Sangakkarra joined the Jamaican Tallawahs of the Caribbean Premier League.[74] He is also a partner of the Foundation of Goodness.[20] Playing style[edit source | editbeta] .[72] They have one girl and a boy: Swyree and Kavith. However.000 by Kings XI Punjab and US$ 300.Lanka's 1996 Cricket World Cup victory. Sangakkara has scored 1567 runs with 10 halfcenturies in 62 matches in IPL. He is a member of the Think Wise Initiative. launched by International Cricket Council. Sangakkara has played English county cricket with Warwickshire in the 2007 County Championship.[71] Personal life[edit source | editbeta] Sangakkara is married to his longtime partner.[68] but never represented the club because of international commitments. Winning bids for him in 2008 and 2011 were US$700. it has been described as "the most important speech in cricket history". In 2010 Sangakkara was contracted to represent Lancashire in the 2010 County Championship. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and UNICEF. a charity launched by Muttiah Muralitharan. Immediately after the lecture.[65] He also blamed "a handful of well-meaning individuals" who control the game.[73] He is involved in a number of charity work in Sri Lanka.[69] Indian Premier League[edit source | editbeta] Kumar Sangakkara has played in all five seasons of the Indian Premier League. the Sri Lankan sports ministerMahindananda Aluthgamage ordered an investigation into the speech. which is aimed at raising awareness around HIV prevention and eliminating discrimination against people living HIV and AIDS. Unfortunately he couldn't participate as a player in the inaugural edition in 2012 as he suffered a finger injury weeks before the tournament during a One Day International against India.[67] Domestic cricket[edit source | editbeta] Sangakkara plays his domestic cricket for Nondescripts in Sri Lanka.000 byDeccan Chargers respectively. He is currently the captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team.[70] Sri Lanka Premier League[edit source | editbeta] In the Sri Lanka Premier League which officially started in 2012. wasting the cricket board's finances and resources.

Sangakkara handed over his wicket-keeping duty to Prasanna Jayawardene in Tests cricket in 2009 (on Boxing Day. questioning their parentage or sexual preferences. Now he plays as a specialist batsman in Tests. It could be any reaction: a bit of anger. or a slump of the shoulders. he tends to play in the front foot. Upon making a century. he had to replace him behind the wicket after Jayawardene suffered an injured right thumb against Australia). as coined and pioneered by the Australians. Among the current Test batsmen.[10] He has also won a certain degree of admiration for his clever use of sledging and is one of few cricketers who are willing to talk about it openly. He is the third in the list of wicket keepers who contributed to the most numnber of dismissals in ODI cricket. a shake of the head. he retains a modest average of 38. is a measured comment designed to get a reaction out of a player. a show of arrogance. Cover drive is one of his regular scoring shots.[9] He is also the wicket keeper with highest number of stumpings—81—in ODI cricket.Sangakkara is a left-handed top order batsman who likes to hit the ball square of the wicket on the off-side. In an interview in 2004 he explained his approach to sledging: The public perception of sledging is to go out there and abuse someone in obscene language. Sledging. 2012. While the Cut and the pull are natural strokes to him. a comment. With 382 dismissals. he is behind Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher. and wicket keeper-batsman in other formats of the game. That kind of abuse does not belong on the field of play. he consistently continues on past 150. Sangakkara averages around 57 in Test cricket. —Kumar Sangakarra in 2004[75] . he holds the best average. In ODI cricket.

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