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Kumar Sangakkara: A Century Well Earned

 

Kumar Sangakkara
will become the fifth Sri Lankan cricketer to play 100 Tests during the third
and final match against
Australia
. He'll join the giants of the island, Muttiah Muralitharan {133
matches}, Mahela Jayawardene {121}, Chaminda Vaas {111} and Sanath Jayasuriya
{110}, in passing the milestone.

 

The great thing about Sangakkara's record is that
he has missed only two Tests since his debut. Sri Lanka won one and lost one in
those two matches.

 

Sri Lanka's Most
Capped Test Cricketers

 

Here's a list of all Sri Lankan Test players with
50 or more Test caps.

 

Interestingly, three cricketers of these 12 - Jayawardene,
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera - will play alongside Sangakkara in
his 100th Test.

 

 

No

Player

Mat

Runs

Wkts

Ct

St

1

M
Muralitharan

133

1261

800

72

0

2

DPMD
Jayawardene

121

9801

6

170

0

3

WPUJC Vaas

111

3089

355

31

0

4

ST
Jayasuriya

110

6973

98

78

0

5

KC
Sangakkara

99

8572

0

166

20

6

PA de
Silva

93

6361

29

43

0

7

A
Ranatunga

93

5105

16

47

0

8

MS
Atapattu

90

5502

1

58

0

9

HP
Tillakaratne

83

4545

0

122

2

10

TM
Dilshan

70

4299

23

74

0

11

TT
Samaraweera

68

4683

15

40

0

12

RS
Mahanama

52

2576

0

56

0

 

 

Sangakkara, who made his Test debut in the Galle
Test against South Africa in July 2000, is the second Sri Lankan to aggregate
8500 Test runs, the first being Jayawardene with 9801.

 

Sangakkara would become the 51st
cricketer to appear in 100 or more Tests. The country-wise break-up of the
previous 50 is - Australia {11}, England {08}, India {08}, New Zealand {02},
Pakistan {04}, South Africa {05}, Sri Lanka {04} and West Indies {08}.

 

A Champion Batsman
- Home & Abroad

 

Sangakkara has played 99 tests oveall, 57 home
tests and 42 away tests. His performance is tabulated below.  

 

Career Summary

Overall

Opposition

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

C

F

Z

4s

6s

Australia

8

16

0

647

192

40.43

1

4

1

82

2

Bangladesh

11

14

2

876

*222

73.00

2

5

1

104

3

England

18

32

1

1191

152

38.41

2

6

1

158

1

India

15

24

2

1257

219

57.13

5

2

0

150

3

New Zealand

8

14

3

651

*156

59.18

3

2

0

96

3

Pakistan

10

19

2

1314

230

77.29

5

5

0

160

5

South Africa

12

22

0

1182

287

53.72

2

5

0

165

3

West Indies

12

19

2

918

*157

54.00

3

5

1

110

1

Zimbabwe

5

6

0

536

270

89.33

2

1

0

76

4

Total

99

166

12

8572

287

55.66

25

35

4

1101

25

 

 

Career Summary

Home Tests

Opposition

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

100

50

0

4s

6s

Australia

5

10

0

256

69

25.60

0

1

0

31

1

Bangladesh

7

7

2

592

*222

118.40

2

2

0

70

2

England

9

14

0

671

152

47.92

1

4

1

92

1

India

9

14

2

892

219

74.33

4

2

0

103

2

New Zealand

4

7

1

317

109

52.83

1

2

0

51

1

Pakistan

5

10

1

619

185

68.77

2

2

0

69

1

South Africa

7

12

0

790

287

65.83

2

2

0

110

2

West Indies

8

12

2

680

*157

68.00

3

2

1

86

1

Zimbabwe

3

4

0

255

128

63.75

1

1

0

38

2

Total

57

90

8

5072

287

61.85

16

18

2

650

13

 

 

Career Summary

Away Tests

Opposition

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

100

50

0

4s

6s

Australia

3

6

0

391

192

65.16

1

3

1

51

1

Bangladesh

4

7

0

284

69

40.57

0

3

1

34

1

England

9

18

1

520

119

30.58

1

2

0

66

0

India

6

10

0

365

137

36.50

1

0

0

47

1

New Zealand

4

7

2

334

*156

66.80

2

0

0

45

2

Pakistan

5

9

1

695

230

86.87

3

3

0

91

4

South Africa

5

10

0

392

98

39.20

0

3

0

55

1

West Indies

4

7

0

238

75

34.00

0

3

0

24

0

Zimbabwe

2

2

0

281

270

140.50

1

0

0

38

2

Total

42

76

4

3500

270

48.61

9

17

2

451

12

 

 

The Road Forward

 

Sangakkara belongs to the new generation of cricketers
who took Sri Lankan cricket forward in all forms. With players like
Jayawardene, Muralitharan, Atapattu, Samaraweera and Dilshan, Sri Lanka have
been able to win more games, both home and away.

 

This is especially true when Sangakkara has been
in the team. He will be truly hard to replace.

 

SL in Tests

Matches

Won

Lost

Drawn

Overall

203

61

72

70

Before Sangakkara

102

18

41

43

After Sangakkara

101

43

31

27

 

Note: All statistics are as of
15.09.11, a day prior to the start of the third Test
between Sri Lanka and Australia
at Col-SSC on 16.09.11.

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