Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara is a skilled striker, dependable keeper, and sharp thinker. For almost 15 years, he was the foundation of Sri Lankan cricket. The legendary cricketer, who represented his nation in nearly 500 international matches, played his last match in a Test match against India in Colombo (PSS) in 2015.

Personal Information

Born: 27 October 1977 Nationality: Sri Lanka
Years Active: ( 2000-2015) Birth Place: Matale, Sri Lanka
Height: 5ft 10in Role: wicket-keeper, Batsman
Batting Style: Left-handed Bowling Style: right-arm off break
Nickname: Sanga  

Kumar Sangakkara’s Journey


Sangakkara was born in 1977 in Matale, Central Province, close to the town of Kandy. Along with his parents and three siblings, he was raised in Kandy.

Sangakkara attended Trinity College in Kandy for his studies. He played the violin and sang in the choir when he was in school. Sangakkara was a star athlete in a variety of sports, but his college principal advised him to concentrate on cricket.

His parents provided refuge to Tamil families in 1983 during the Black July riots Sangakkara has twin kids, a daughter named Swyree and a son named Kavith, with his long-term partner Yehali.

Ascend to Glory

Sangakkara quickly transformed into an appealing batsman with nearly every cricket stroke in his repertoire from a player who used to serve as a sheet anchor for his team and had few playing shots in his playbook.

He was excellent at playing cut and pull shots and was always a terrific back-foot player. However, Sangakkara modified his batting technique and also developed into a self-assured front-foot player. Although he always tried to play straight drives like Sachin, his cover drives are still among the greatest in the business.

In the final of the second Asian Test Championship in 2002, he hit his first double-century against Pakistan. His performance aided Sri Lanka in winning the Test title. It would have been difficult to concur if someone had suggested at the time that this young man may rank among those who have scored the most double centuries, but as is clear, Sangakkara defied all expectations to come in just one short of Bradman's record-breaking 12 double centuries.

Low Point

Despite his stats, "Sanga" has always been thought of as an underappreciated performer. The Sri Lankan team struggled mightily at times when Kumar served as captain, and in September 2009, they fell short of the ICC Champions Trophy's knockout round.

The team's subsequent Indian tour turned out to be a complete failure as India defeated Sri Lanka 3-1 in the ODI and 2-0 in the Test series.


In 2009 the present captain Mahela Jayawardene declared in February that he would step down in the best interest of the Sri Lankan team. He stated that he thought his successor would have about two years to prepare for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Sangakkara, who is 31 years old and has played in 80 Tests and 246 ODIs, took over as Sri Lanka's captain in all formats of the game after Jayawardene. His first task in the position was the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, which England hosted in June. After winning every game in the group and knockout phases and losing to Pakistan in the series finale, Sri Lanka finished second.

Kumar’s record

He once again demonstrated his importance as the anchor of the Sri Lankan batting order with his remarkable 192 against Australia in Hobart in 2007. The primary factor in the success of Sangakkara's team is his adaptability. He is a member of the current generation of wicketkeeper-batsmen. His outstanding performances are evident in the fact that he topped the ICC test rankings before the end of 2007 and was named to the World ODI XI and World Test Team by the ICC in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

He is one of the handful few batters who has scored 10,000+ runs in both Tests and ODIs, an incredible feat. He presided over the Hyderabad franchise for three years (2011–2013), however in 2013, Cameron White had to take over.


Sangakkara and his colleague Mahela Jayawardene made the announcement that they would be retiring from Twenty20 international play after the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 championship. Along with Jayawardene, he made the announcement in December 2014 that he would end his ODI career following the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He stated that he retired from ODI on March 18, 2015, and from T20I play in April 2014.

Sangakkara should rethink his decision to retire in August 2015, according to Sri Lanka's sports minister, who made the statement on April 1. Sangakkara made a formal announcement of his retirement from Test cricket on June 27, 2015. After the second Test against India, he gave up playing Test cricket.

Career Statistics

Undoubtedly Kumar Sangakkara is one of the greatest batsman cricket has ever produced. He is a legendary wicketkeeper and the most influential cricketer.

Matches: 404 Run Scored: 14234
Batting Average: 41.99 Top Score: 169
100/50: 25/93 Wickets: 0
Matches: 56 Run Scored: 1382
Batting Average: 31.41 Top Score: 78
100/50: 0/8 Wickets: 0
Matches: 134 Run Scored: 12400
Batting Average: 57.14 Top Score: 319
100/50: 38/52 Wickets: 0
Matches: 71 Run Scored: 1687
Batting Average: 25.95 Top Score: 94
100/50: 0/10 Wickets: 0

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