The stylish Sri Lankan batsman walked away with three honours, including the Cricketer of the Year, in the ICC annual awards function on September 15. He was also named the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, besides winning the People's Choice Award.
He was prolific in both Tests and ODIs during the 12-month voting period ending in early August: in 14 Tests, he compiled 1,444 runs at an average of 60.16, including five centuries and five half-centuries, highlighted by a brilliant 211 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi; in 37 ODIs, he scored 1457 runs with three hundreds, and also completed 39 catches and three stumpings as a wicketkeeper. The independent voting academy of 32 highly credentialed cricket experts put Sangakkara first, ahead of an impressive group of
players that had been short-listed, including Hashim Amla, Vernon Philander and Australia captain Michael Clarke.
In his acceptance speech, Sangakkara said: "I'm continuing to ensure I am consistent and I need to keep raising the bar each year and keep trying harder and harder to ensure I keep playing good Test cricket. It's a constant battle but I have the support of a great team that helps me to do the best I can."