Kumar Sangakkara

2010-10-13 20:32

Full name: Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara

Born: October 27, 1977, Matale

Current age: 33 years

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Central Province, Colombo District Cricket Association, ICC World XI, Kandurata, Kings XI Punjab, Marylebone Cricket Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Warwickshire

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

Few left handed batsmen command as much respect from bowlers as Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara. He began his career as a batsman but subsequently became a wicket-keeper. His batting has developed to such an extent that he once topped the LG ICC Test batting rankings. However, in 2006 he gave the gloves to Prasanna Jayawardene in Tests and has since played as a specialist batsman. He remains Sri Lanka's wicket-keeper in One Day International and Twenty20 cricket.

He is a hard-hitting, uncompromising batsman, who loves to play square of the wicket against pace bowlers, and is innovative against spin. As a batsman, he has matured steadily, and the appetite for runs was best illustrated at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo in 2006, when he and Mahela Jayawardene, captain and close friend, added 624 against a South African attack boasting Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini. Sangakkara contributed 287 and did his burgeoning reputation no harm a year later when he went to Hobart and scored a dazzling 192 in a narrowly lost cause. By then, he already had a half-century in a World Cup final to his name, and long before Jayawardene relinquished the captaincy, it was understood that Sangakkara would be the anointed one.

He has been far less relentless in the one-day arena, often throwing his wicket away when well set, but his leadership qualities have made him a sought-after signing in the Indian Premier League. His ODI record, although not quite as impressive as in Tests, is still remarkable, with his 276 matches producing 8510 runs at 36.83.

With the captain's burden on his shoulders, he no longer keeps in Test matches, but the smart-alec remarks from behind the stumps are a common feature of every game that Sri Lanka plays in coloured clothes. If he keeps scoring at his present rate, every Sri Lankan batting record will be his by the time he stashes the kitbag away and takes up those weighty law tomes.  (cite cricinfo)


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