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Kumar Sangakkara

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
Sri Lanka, Asia XI, ICC World XI, Sri Lankan Board XI, Central Province, Durham, Kandurata, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka B, Sri Lankan Invitation XI, Warwickshire, Punjab, Hyderabad, Sri Lanka Under-19, Kandurata Warriors, Hyderabad, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kandurata Maroons, Udarata Rulers
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI,T20 | WicketKeeper
ICC Rank:
Home country:
Sri Lanka
October 27, 1977, Matale, Sri Lanka


'Sanga' as he is known to his team-mates, is one of cricket's most endearing personalities both on and off the field and Sri Lankan Cricket would be pleased to have nurtured him into one of the best cricketers of the nation. As a batsman, Sangakkara is a connoisseur's delight. He is a good player of both fast and spin bowling and is known to revel in arduous situations. Sanga has amazing levels of concentration and is known to score big once he reaches a hundred. With the experience of playing under several captains during his career, he has displayed great maturity while leading his side and is known to back youngsters to the hilt. His multilingual abilities also make him a hit in the diverse Sri Lankan dressing room.

Kumar Sangakkara got underway purely as a batsman but subsequently started keeping wickets as well. He made his domestic debut for Nondescripts at the age of 20 and was a consistent performer in the domestic circuit. As a youngster, Sangakkara was gifted with exemplary temperament and was highly rated for his elegant batting. He first came into limelight when he scored a brilliant 156* for Sri Lanka A against Zimbabwe A in a List A match in 2000 and that paved the way for his selection in the national side as he was handed his ODI debut for Sri Lanka in 2000 against Pakistan in a triangular tournament which involved South Africa. He straightaway shone in just his second match as he scored 85 and was named the Man of the Match. A brilliant debut series saw him average 66.33 and end up with seven dismissals with the gloves.

His performances were rewarded with a Test call-up against South Africa, a series in which he performed admirably behind the stumps. After a couple of nervous nineties, he finally notched up his first Test century against India at Galle in 2001. With a string of impressive performances in Tests and ODI's, Sangakkara gradually displaced one of Sri Lanka’s greatest wicket- keepers, Romesh Kaluwitharana and cemented his place in Sri Lanka’s squad. A splendid double century against Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore and helped Sri Lanka win the 2001/02 Asian Test Championship. Another match-winning double century in Colombo in 2004 powered Sri Lanka to their first ever Test series win over South Africa. His ability to score monstrous tons was on display yet again as he along with Mahela Jayawardene broke all kinds of records with a partnership of 624 runs at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo in 2006. Sangakkara fell just 13 short of a triple hundred as Sri Lanka hammered South Africa by an innings and 153 runs. The double centuries flew thick and fast and he replaced Mahela Jayawardene as Sri Lankan skipper in all the three formats in 2009. He gave up his wicket-keeping duties in the Test arena to concentrate on batting later that year. Sanga gave up his captaincy from all formats of the game after Sri Lanka's loss in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final against India. He became the joint-fastest batsman to get to the 10,000-run mark in Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in 2012 and was named the ICC ODI player of the year in 2013.

Fast Facts

  • Kumar Sangakkara won three awards in 2012 - Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and People's Choice award.
  • In 2012, he became the second Sri Lankan after Mahela Jayawardene to get to the 10,000-run mark in Tests. He became the joint-fastest batsman to get to the landmark.
  • Kumar Sangakkara was named the ICC ODI player of the year in 2013.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 130 225 12203 17 58.66 54.25 38 51 319
ODI 403 379 14189 41 41.97 79.03 25 93 169
T20 56 53 1382 9 31.40 119.55 0 8 78
IPL 71 68 1687 3 25.95 121.19 0 10 94
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 130 4 84 49 0 0/4 / - 3.50 0 0 0 2
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 178 20 4
ODI 402 99 20
T20 25 20 5
IPL 45 9 3
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 15 5 3 0 7 33.33
ODI 45 27 14 0 4 60
T20 22 13 9 0 0 59.09
IPL 47 14 31 2 0 29.79


Sri Lanka Vs South Africa at Galle International Stadium, Galle - Jul 20, 2000
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington - Jan 03, 2015
Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan at Galle International Stadium, Galle - Jul 05, 2000
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Scotland at Bellerive Oval, Hobart - Mar 11, 2015
Sri Lanka Vs England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton - Jun 15, 2006
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs India at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 06, 2014
Punjab Vs Chennai at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Chandigarh - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Hyderabad Vs Chennai at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - May 08, 2013