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Kumar Sangakkara

01 January, 1970

He is a left hand batsman, batting in the No. 3 position, who learnt to become a wicket-keeper and has subsequently become a specialist wicketkeeper also.

Full name : Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara
Born : October 27, 1977, Matale
Current age : 28 years 359 days
Major teams : Sri Lanka, ACC Asian XI, ICC World XI, Nondescripts Cricket Club
Batting style : Left-hand bat
Bowling style : Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position : Wicketkeeper

Statsguru Test player, ODI player

 

 Batting and fielding averages
class  mat  inns  no  runs  hs  ave  bf  sr  100  50  4s  6s  ct  st
Tests   62   103   5   4796   287   48.93   8888   53.96   10   22   652   14   142   20
ODIs   179   164   22   5134   138*   36.15   6910   74.29   5   34   511   20   157   46
Twenty20 Int.   1   1   0   21   21   21.00   14   150.00   0   0   3   0   1   0
First-class   135   214   14   8098   287   40.49         14   43         289   33
List A   231   213   29   7111   156*   38.64         7   48         210   62
Twenty20   4   4   0   192   93   48.00   101   190.09   0   1         4   0

 Bowling averages
class  mat  balls  runs  wkts  bbi  bbm  ave  econ  sr  4  5  10
Tests   62   6   4   0   -   -   -   4.00   -   0   0   0
ODIs   179   0   0   0   -   -   -   -   -   0   0   0
Twenty20 Int.   1   0   0   0   -   -   -   -   -   0   0   0
First-class   135   108   66   1   1/13      66.00   3.66   108.00      0   0
List A   231   0   0   0   -   -   -   -   -   0   0   0
Twenty20   4   0   0   0   -   -   -   -   -   0   0   0

 Career statistics
 
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Test debut  Sri Lanka v South Africa at Galle - Jul 20-23, 2000 scorecard
Last Test  Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (PSS) - Aug 4-8, 2006 scorecard
ODI debut  Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Galle - Jul 5, 2000 scorecard
Last ODI  New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Mumbai (BS) - Oct 20, 2006 scorecard
Only Twenty20 Int.  England v Sri Lanka at Southampton - Jun 15, 2006 scorecard
First-class span  1997/98 - 2006
List A span  1997/98 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2004 - 2006

 Profile

Within months of breaking into the side at 22, Kumar Sangakkara became one of Sri Lanka's most influential players: a highly talented left-handed strokemaker, a slick wicketkeeper, a sharp-eyed strategist and an even sharper-tongued sledger, capable of riling even the most unflappable characters. His arrival was relatively unexpected, for his domestic performances were relatively modest, but the selectors' judgement was immediately justified as he starred in his first tournament, the Singer Series 2000 against South Africa and Pakistan, as a wicketkeeper-cum-batsman. During the early days his wicketkeeping could be ragged at times, but his effortless batting oozed class from the start. He possesses the grace of David Gower but the attitude of an Australian. His approach is naturally aggressive and his greatest weakness is a capacity to over-react when the adrenaline really starts to pump. At the outset he was happier on the back foot but a fierce work ethic and a deep interest in the theory of batsmanship helped him round off his game, and he is now as comfortable driving through the covers as cutting behind point. His arrival was bad news for the popular Romesh Kaluwitharana, who soon lost his place in both forms of the game, although he made intermittent comebacks as the selectors worried about overburdening Sangakkara. His arrival also helped solve the long-term search for a No. 3 batsman to fill the void left since the retirement of Asanka Gurusinha. The exhausting dual responsibility of batting at No. 3 and keeping wicket is the source of widespread debate and the selectors relieved him of the gloves in one-day cricket after the 2003 World Cup. The change increased his productivity as a batsman but left the team unbalanced and he was handed back the wicketkeeping duties during Australia's tour in 2003-04. Unlike before, this time the extra burden had no effect on his batting. For a time the selectors indicated a desire for him to concentrate on his batting in Test cricket, but the rapid improvement of his keeping means that he was handed back the gloves to give the team balance. A charismatic personality and an astute thinker - he is training to be a lawyer between tours - Sangakarra is tipped as a potential future captain. He was rewarded for his consistent performances with a spot in the ICC World XI for the Super Series one-day matches in October 2005, but was surprisingly overlooked for the Test squad. However, his form has remaind superbly consistent for Sri Lanka and he reached new heights in July 2006 when he added a world record 624 for the third wicket, against South Africa at Colombo, and his share was 287.


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