Happy Birthday Sanga
by SportsDiction – 27, October, 2020
An elegant left-hander is born.
Kumar Sangakkara was at the forefront of Sri Lanka’s Test dominance at home. A wicketkeeper-batsman, Sangakkara, along with Mahela Jayawardene, was the backbone of Sri Lanka’s batting following the exit of the side’s 1996 World Cup heroes.
Superbly consistent, he added a world record 624 for the third wicket with Jayawardene in July 2006, against South Africa in Colombo; his share was 287. A smart thinker, Sangakkara was perhaps one of the finest exponents of “mental disintegration” in the game.
Sangakkara gave up keeping in Tests in mid-2006 – though he continued to do so in limited-overs games – and was given the captaincy when Jayawardene retired from the job in early 2009. He led Sri Lanka to their first home Test series win against Pakistan, and to the finals of the 2009 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup.
While he retired from T20s on a high, with the 2014 World T20 title, his departure from the other two formats wasn’t as memorable – Sri Lanka exited the 2015 World Cup in the quarter-final, and in his farewell Test series, at home in Sri Lanka, he failed to make it past 32 in four innings. But over a 15-year career he accumulated over 12,000 Test runs, 38 hundreds – including a battling 192 in Hobart in 2007 – and 11 double-centuries, one short of Bradman’s record 12.