Kumar Sangakkara

A Sri Lankan cricket commentator, Former Professional Cricketer, Businessman and ICC Hall of Fame inductee


Kumar Sangakkara, regarded as the most polished & prudent batsman in cricket who dominated the number one spot in the ICC Test batting rankings from 2005 to 2015.

Sangakkara scored 28,016 runs in international cricket across all formats in a career that spanned 15 years.

He is the second-highest run-scorer in ODI cricket & the fifth-highest run scorer in Test cricket & the fastest batsman to reach 8,000, 9,000, 11,000 & 12,000 runs in Test cricket.

Sangakkara was a key member of the team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 & an integral part of the team that made the final of the 2007 Cricket World Cup, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20 & 2012 ICC World Twenty20.

In 2015, Sangakkara became Sri Lanka's highest ever ODI run scorer, surpassing the previous record of 13,430 runs held by Sanath Jayasuriya. In the same match, he also broke the record for ODI wicket keeping dismissals, breaking the previous record of 472 held by Adam Gilchrist.

Sangakkara has played in five seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL), first for Kings XI Punjab & then for Deccan Chargers.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

He won the ‘ICC Cricketer of the Year’ in 2012, ‘Test Cricketer of the Year’ in 2012, & ‘ODI Cricketer of the Year’ in 2011 & 2013. He has also won the ‘LG People’s Choice Award’ twice, in 2011 & 2012.

He was the youngest person & the first active international player to deliver the ‘MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture’, which was widely praised by the cricket community for its outspoken nature.

Sangakkara was rated as the ‘Greatest ODI player’ of all time in a public poll conducted by Cricket Australia in 2016.

In 2015, president Maithripala Sirisena appointed Sangakkara as the ‘Ambassador of Anti-Narcotics Program’ in Sri Lanka.

Why Kumar Sangakkara ?

Sangakkara, the former president of Marylebone Cricket Club is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the sport .’Sanga’ as he is known to his team-mates, is one of cricket’s most endearing personalities who talks about many crucial topics such as target setting, maximising success and the importance of teamwork and leadership during events . 


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