Wellington - Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara joined an elite group of
cricketers on Saturday when he became only the fifth to make 12 000 runs in
The prolific 37-year-old left-hander reached the
milestone when he knocked Trent Boult square for two in Sri Lanka's
first innings of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington. At
stumps he was not out on 33.
Sangakkara started the two-Test New
Zealand series on 11 988 runs and after scoring six and one in the first
Test in Christchurch, he was determined to get the final five in
"When he fails, it's a coach's nightmare. You have to
throw (balls to Sangakkara) for hours and hours," captain Angelo Mathews
said ahead of the Test.
"He's been working really hard in the nets and he's desperate to go out there and get some runs."
launching his Test career in 2000, Sangakkara has made an impressive
average of over 58.00, including 37 centuries in 130 Tests. His highest
score was 319 against Bangladesh.
He sits behind four retired
cricketers but has a superior average on the all-time scoring list which
is headed by India's Sachin Tendulkar who compiled 15 921 from 200
Tests at an average 53.78.
Australian Ricky Ponting (13 378 at
51.85), Jacques Kallis from South Africa (13 289 at 55.37) and India's
Rahul Dravid (13 288 at 52.31) round out the top five.
Sangakkara became only the fourth batsman to surpass the 13 000-run
mark in one-day internationals, achieving the feat in his 386th match.
ODI list is also headed by Tendulkar, who made 18 426 runs in 463
matches, ahead of Ponting with 13 704 runs from 375 ODIs and Sanath
Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka, who has 13 430 runs in 445 games.