A gentleman beyond the cricket field and family


Sri Lanka’s batting pillar Kumar Sangakkara saying he will retire during the 2nd test against India in August.A left-handed top-order batsman, he is also a record-breaking wicket-keeper, although he no longer keeps wickets at Test level. Currently, he is the second-highest run-scorer in ODI cricket and the fifth-highest run scorer in Test cricket.

1. He is a most sensible batsmen in cricket

Sangakkara is described as one of the most sensible batsmen in cricket. Along with AB de Villiers, he has dominated the number one spot in the ICC Test batting rankings over the past decade. At August 2015, Kumar Sangakkara was placed at number 5 in the ICC Test rankings.

2. When he was a kid

Kumar Sangakkara was born to Kumari Surangana and Swarnakumara Sangakkara, an attorney-at-law at Matale, Sri Lanka in 1977. His parents settled in Kandy, where he grew up in his childhood. Kumar received his primary and secondary education at Trinity College, Kandy, an independent elite private boys’ school situated in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. He has two sisters Thushari and Saranga, and an elder brother Vemindra, all who have made national level achievements during their school-life. Sangakkara too started playing a number of sports: badminton, tennis, swimming, table tennis and cricket at the junior school. He was able to win national colours for badminton and tennis at his younger age. The then principal of the Trinity College, Leonard de Alwis, advised his mother to encourage Kumar to concentrate on cricket.

3. Sanga and his betterhalf

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Sangakkara is married to his longtime partner, Yehali. They have twins, a girl and a boy: Swyree and Kavith.he is involved in a number of charity work in Sri Lanka. He is a member of the Think Wise Initiative, launched by International Cricket Council, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and UNICEF, which is aimed at raising awareness around HIV prevention and eliminating discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS. He is also a partner of the Foundation of Goodness, a charity launched by Muttiah Muralitharan.

4. Kumar Sangakkara got emotional

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Sri Lankan skipper Sangakkara got emotional while announcing to his teammates that he had decided to quit Test cricket.after his retirement from ODI cricket in 2015, Sangakkara became the Leading Wisden Cricketer of the year 2014 for his impressive cricket career. With this award, he was second only to Indian Virender Sehwag, to win the Wisden Leading cricketer award twice, both in 2011 and 2015. He also won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport at the 5th Asian Awards, which were held in London on April 2015.

5. Kumar Sangakkara delivered a motivational lecture

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Kumar Sangakkara delivered the 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lords. He became the youngest person and the first current international player to deliver that lecture, which was widely praised by the cricketing community.The one-hour-long speech was based on the history and the corruption in the cricket administration in Sri Lanka. In his speech, he said: “accountability and transparency in administration and credibility of conduct were lost in a mad power struggle that would leave Sri Lankan cricket with no clear, consistent administration”, and observed that these problems in administration had risen only after Sri Lanka’s 1996 Cricket World Cup victory. He also blamed “a handful of well-meaning individuals” who control the game, wasting the cricket board’s finances and resources. Immediately after the lecture, the Sri Lankan sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage ordered an investigation into the speech. Despite the critical comments by the Sri Lankan government officials, it has been described as “the most important speech in cricket history”. In the 2015 O/L syllabus, the English Literature Text book has added this lecture as one of its lessons.

6. Kumar Sangakkaras Test records

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First player to score 150+ scores in four consecutive Test matches.
Fastest 8,000 runs – Sangakkara (152 innings)
Fastest 9,000 runs – Sangakkara (172 innings)
Fastest 11,000 runs – Sangakkara (208 innings)
Fastest 12,000 runs – Sangakkara (224 innings)
Highest partnership for any wicket – 624 for the third wicket by Kumar Sangakkara (287) & Mahela Jayawardene (374) against South Africa in 2006.
Most partnership runs for the 3rd wicket – Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene (scored 5890 runs )
Most runs in Year 2014 – 1483 runs in 12 matches with 4 hundreds and 9 fifties with average 71.09
Highest aggregate of runs- Sangakkara (12,271) in 131 matches at an Average of 58.43
Most double centuries in a career – Sangakkara has 11 double centuries in tests, second only to 12 double centuries by Don Bradman.
Most number of centuries – Sangakkara has 38 centuries in 131 matches. He is fourth in the list, only behind 51 of Sachin Tendulkar, 45 of Jacques Kallis and 41 of Ricky Ponting.
Most number of half centuries – Sangakkara has 52 half-centuries in 131 matches. He is seventh in the list.
Most number of dismissals (includes wicket-keeping) – Sangakkara has taken (197 dismissals) in 131 matches.
Highest average (qualification 20 inns.) by a Sri Lankan – Sangakkara (58.43)

7. Kumar Sangakkaras One day records

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Highest aggregate of runs – Sangakkara (14,234) in 404 matches at an Average of 41.98. He is second in the list.
First Sri Lankan to pass 14,000 runs.
Most number of half centuries – Sangakkara has 93 half-centuries in 404 matches. He is second in the list.
Most number of dismissals (includes wicket-keeping) – Sangakkara has taken (501 dismissals = 402 ct. + 99 st.) in 404 matches.
Highest 2nd wicket partnership – 212* by Lahiru Thirimanne & Kumar Sangakkara against England Welington in 2015.
Most stumpings in career as a wicketkeeper in ODIs – 99 by Kumar Sangakkara.
Most runs in Year 2014 – 1256 runs in 28 matches with 4 hundreds and 8 fifties with the average 46.51
Most runs in cricket in all formats of the game in a calendar year – Sangakkara scored 2868 runs in year 2014. (1493 Tests + 1256 ODIs + 119 T20Is)
First batsman to score four consecutive hundreds – centuries against Bangladesh (105*), England (117*), Australia (104) and Scotland (124) in the 2015 ICC World Cup.