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Sangakkara’s World Cup record: in his own words

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Kumar Sangakkara sent records tumbling with his performances at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

The Sri Lankan legend became the first player in history to hit three – and then four – consecutive centuries at the Cricket World Cup.

We caught up with him to get his thoughts on all four of his record-breaking centuries at the 2015 World Cup.

105* v Bangladesh

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Kumar Sangakkara, 105 vs Bangladesh
Kumar Sangakkara, 105 vs Bangladesh

Kumar Sangakkara: I went into the World Cup wanting to score as many runs as possible because that was my job for the side batting at number three.

“Coming into the Bangladesh game, where I got a hundred, it wasn’t a case of going in and getting a hundred, it was a case of we had a great start with the openers and my job was to go in there and accelerate the scoring rate.

“When you go into World Cups you want to win, you want to score runs, but it doesn’t always happen as you plan it, but this time I had a lucky run of form I would say.

“It just kind of clicked together [against Bangladesh]. I remember giving a chance when I was on 14, a tough caught and bowled chance. But, after that it was just trying to find the gaps and exploit the field. The MCG is a big ground, but I managed to do that. Sometimes when you’re in the zone you don’t question it, you just keep going with it and I managed to get a hundred.”

117* v England

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Kumar Sangakkara, 117 vs England
Kumar Sangakkara, 117 vs England

KS: “Bangladesh was to set up a total and this was in a chase - England got 309, we did it with one wicket down which was very satisfying.

“I enjoyed batting, it was in Wellington if I remember correctly, the wicket was very flat. James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, they had all the bowlers there, it was just a case again of building an innings and pacing yourself and trying to make sure you get ahead of the rate at different stages of the game.

“Again, we got a really good start from Dilshan and Thirimanne, it kind of eased me into my innings. Then, with the fielding restrictions prevalent at the time, it was a case of making sure we reversed pressure on the bowlers.”

104 v Australia

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Kumar Sangakkara, 104 vs Australia
Kumar Sangakkara, 104 vs Australia

KS: “We fell short, so that was not satisfying!

“Again, going in we lost an early wicket. I went in to bat and watched Dilshan hit six consecutive boundaries off Mitchell Johnson, which was nice and quite fun to watch!

“Again, it was trying to keep up with the rate, trying to score and make sure we didn’t lose too many wickets as well, but it was a tough ask.

“Then I eased into my innings chasing a very large target. We fell a few runs short which was not great. It’s always better to score less runs and win than score a hundred and lose, but still it was a satisfying effort.”

124 v Scotland

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Kumar Sangakkara, 124 vs Scotland
Kumar Sangakkara, 124 vs Scotland

“That was in Hobart. Again, I was just going in and batting!

“We lost a wicket a little bit early, but it was just a case of going in and trying to repeat the pattern – get in, then go big.

“I managed to put on a really good partnership with Dilshan (195 runs), and it was really satisfying to keep performing. When you are scoring runs, you want to stretch that for as long as possible, and I was able to do that.”

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