As elegant as they came, Sangakkara climbed from strength to strength across his 15-year international career. A T20 World Cup winner, two-time Cricket World Cup runner-up, and frequently No.1 in the Test batting rankings, Sangakkara thrived in every format.
Bursting onto the scene as a wicketkeeper, Kumar Sangakkara went on to become one of the finest batters of his generation, excelling in all three formats.
As a keeper he completed 678 dismissals for Sri Lanka, including a world best 482 in ODIs, but it was with the bat that he really made a name for himself.
Proficient on both the front and backfoot, Sangakkara’s Test average of 57.40 was the best of any player to score more than 10,000 runs and he was the quickest player to reach the milestone in terms of innings played. With his incredible appetite for run, he notched 38 Test tons, including 11 double-centuries. Only Don Bradman passed 200 more often.
In 2014 he set a record for the most international runs in a calendar year and in 2015, his final year for Sri Lanka, he scored four consecutive ODI tons. Not only is that the most consecutive tons in ODI history, but he did it at a World Cup.
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