Kumar Sangakkara


Bats Left Hand.
Bowls Right Arm Off-Spin

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He played badminton, tennis, swimming, table tennis and cricket while at school.


Bats Left Hand.
Bowls Right Arm Off-Spin




Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka



Kumar Sangakkara is arguably the greatest Sri Lankan player of all time.

Big things were expected from Sangakkara from an early age and he made his one-day international debut against Pakistan in July 2000, breaking into the side at age 22 while studying law.

He scored 85 in his second ODI appearance and set about consolidating his place in the squad.

The highlight of his 2003 World Cup was an unbeaten 39 in the semi-final against Australia, while his 2007 tournament saw him reap four half-centuries, including 76 against Bermuda and 54 in the final against Australia.

A prolific player in both ODI and Test cricket, Sangakkara scored more than 14000 runs in the 50-over game, combining his elegant technique with some powerful hitting.

The 2011 World Cup was a highlight for the batsman, who scored 465 runs in nine matches as Sri Lanka captain including 111 against New Zealand. He was later named 2011 ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year.

Sangakkara finished with 38 Test centuries among 12400 runs in his 134-match career.

A compilation of classic Kumar cover drives

To celebrate the birthday of the great Kumar Sangakkara, sit back and watch some of the Sri Lankan's finest cover drives. Has anyone done it better?

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Players perplexed in bizarre end to PSL clash

Test legends Brendon McCullum and Kumar Sangakkara were left scratching their heads after a complicated no-ball call forced a Super Over in the Pakistan Super League

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Sanga breaks the shackles with sublime six

Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara found some form with his first six of BBL|06, a delightful blow over the point boundary in Hobart's run chase

Inaugural UAE T20 league cancelled

The Twenty20 league scheduled to overlap with the start of BBL|08 has been cancelled

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Sangakkara hoses down politics call

Sri Lanka legend created a frenzy in home country when reports linked him to following in Imran Khan's footsteps and enter politics

Legends Month: The best of Sangakkara

As part of Legends Month on Cricket Network, look back on one of Kumar Sangakkara's greatest performances