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Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakarra made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2000 while he was still a law student. He since became a mainstay behind the stumps and proved his credentials as a batsmen for all three formats. The cut and the pull came naturally to him and with growing confidence, he became a more assured front-foot player as well. Sangakkara has refined the belligerence, combining a suave exterior with cutting asides and sharp sledges from behind the stumps. He alongwith Mahela Jayawardene carried the Sri Lankan innings on numerous occasions, most famously putting up 624 runs for the third wicket, pulverizing a South African bowling attack that had the likes of Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini. Sangakkara scored 287 runs while Jayawardene scored 374. Sangakarra became captain after Jayawerdene relinquished the role.


Bouncer is a critical part of the sport, believes Kumar Sangakkara

February 20, 2021 8:30 am

Kumar Sangakkara, who is the president of the Marylebone Cricket Club, says suggestion of banning short ball in junior cricket unwise even as lawmakers of the sport discuss its future.

Kumar Sangakkara joins Rajasthan Royals as director of cricket

January 24, 2021 4:28 pm

Kumar Sangakkara first graced the IPL in its inaugural season back in 2008, and started with a stylish fifty on debut against MS Dhoni’s CSK.

Sangakkara backs Ganguly for ICC top post, says 'astute brain' makes him suitable candidate

July 26, 2020 11:34 am

Kumar Sangakkara has backed Sourav Ganguly for the ICC chairman's post, saying the BCCI president's "astute cricket brain" and vast experience as an administrator make him a "very suitable" candidate for the role.

Kumar Sangakkara feels 'disappointed, amused' on being questioned over 2011 World Cup final fixing claims

July 25, 2020 7:52 am

After Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Sri Lanka’s former sports minister, had claimed that the 2011 World Cup final was fixed, Kumar Sangakkara was interrogated for hours before the probe was called off.

Skin colour isn't the only basis of discrimination: Kumar Sangakkara

July 22, 2020 8:54 pm

"We are all taught to love our country but sometimes we follow it blindly and that stops us from appreciating other cultures, other countries, other races, other religions," said Kumar Sangakkara.

Protests in Sri Lanka after Sangakkara grilled for more than 8 hours in 2011 WC final fixing probe

July 03, 2020 9:56 am

Protests were held against the "continuous harassment of Kumar Sangakkara and other cricketers over unsubstantiated match-fixing allegations" on the day the former captain was interrogated for more than five hours.

Jayawardene, Sangakkara hit back at former Sri Lanka sports minister's 2011 WC final fixing claims

June 20, 2020 5:03 pm

After Sri Lanka’s former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage alleged that the 2011 World Cup final was fixed, the sports ministry of the island-country ordered an investigation into the matter.

Sri Lanka government orders probe into 2011 World Cup final 'fixing' claims

June 19, 2020 6:10 pm

Mahela Jayawardene, one of the star performers of the 2011 World Cup final, responds to claims by the then Sports Minister that India's victory had been 'fixed'.

'Let's create culture which has no place for prejudice': Kumar Sangakkara on racism

June 02, 2020 7:56 pm

Offering his views on racism after George Floyd's death last week, former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara urged people to create a better society.

'Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma defining pair for India in modern era': Kumar Sangakkara

June 01, 2020 5:37 pm

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have aggregated 35,930 runs across three formats and Kumar Sangakkara feels the duo has the same aura which Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid had.


Kumar Sangakkara's emotional moments with wife Yehali and family at felicitation ceremony after second Test

August 24, 2015 7:56 pm

Kumar Sangakkara signs off from international cricket after the second Test against India in Colombo.

At scenic Galle, Kumar Sangakkara gets perfect farewell

August 15, 2015 9:03 pm

Kumar Sangakkara played his final Test at Galle against India on Saturday.