Ultimate XI T20 batsmen 3-5: Kumar Sangakkara

By August 03, 2020
Kumar Sangakkara Kumar Sangakkara

An elegant stroke maker, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara is perhaps one of the few batsmen who seamlessly transition from Test to One-Day International, to T20 cricket. Without a significant reliance on the powerful shots that make the modern T20 batsman a nightmare, Sangakkara depends on timing, a deft touch and a heightened awareness of where a game is and what needs to be done at the crease. His ability to keep wicket as well cannot be understated.

The wicketkeeping left-handed batsman seemed destined for greatness in the T20 format of the game after a public poll conducted by Cricket Australia named him the greatest ODI cricketer of all time. On his way to that symbolic title in 2016, Sangakkara was named man-of-the-match in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and before that helped Sri Lanka to finals in 2009 and  2012. In those years, Sangakkara became the first cricketer to score half-centuries in two different T20I World Cups.  

Along with Mahela Jayawardene, Sangakkara was part of the greatest second-wicket stand in the history of the World Twenty20 competition, the pair notching up 166.

But Sangakkara has also taken his exploits with the bat to a number of leagues, including the Indian Premier League, where he scored 1567 runs from 62 innings, inclusive of 10 half-centuries.

 

Career Statistics (2004-present)

Full name: Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara

Born: October 27, 1977, Matale (42)

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Central Province, Colombo District Cricket Association, Deccan Chargers, Durham, Hobart Hurricanes, ICC World XI, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kandurata, Kandurata Maroons, Kings XI Punjab, Marylebone Cricket Club, Multan Sultans, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Quetta Gladiators, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Surrey, Warwickshire

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs         HS     Ave    BF         SR     100   50         4s     6s     Ct         St

56    53    9      1382         78    31.40         1156         119.55      0         8      139   20         25    20

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs         HS     Ave    BF         SR     100   50         4s     6s     Ct         St

267   260   23    6937         94    29.27         5487         126.42      0         43    740   139         167   60

 

Career Highlights

  • 2014 ICC World T20 player of the final
  • 3rd most T20I runs scored by a Sri Lankan, 1382r- avg. 31.40
  • T20I caps for SL (56)
  • 7th on T20 WC most runs list (661)
  • 2010 IPL orange cap winner for most runs (618)
  • 6937 runs at 29.27
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