Kumar Sangakkara is a Sri Lankan former cricket captain of the National Team and a Sri Lankan cricket commentator. He was born on 27 October 1977 in Matale Central Province and currently 43 years old. Kumara Sangakkara was named as one of the best batsmen in the cricket world by many international cricket commentators.
Sangakkara was wicket-keeper of the Sri Lankan national cricket team and top-order left-handed batsman. When retired, he has scored 28,016 runs in international cricket in his 15 years career. Sangakkara completed his education at Trinity College in Kandy.
During his school, Sangakkara was good in many sports. However, his school principal encouraged him to cricket. Sangakkara was also Head Prefect of the Trinity College. After completing his studies he entered Law Faculty of the University of Colombo but did not able to complete the degree. However, later he completed the Masters in Law from the university.
Kumar Sangakkara was the second-highest batsman who scored in ODI Cricket history when he retired. Also, when retired he was the sixth-highest run score batsman in international Test Cricket history. Currently, he holds several records in test cricket. Mahela Jayawardhana and Kumara Sangakkara’s test cricket batting partnership is the current batting partnership record in test cricket even today.
In 2012, He was able to win the Best ICC Cricketer of the Year. In 2012 and 2015, Sangakkara was selected as Leading Cricketer in the World in editions of Wisden Cricketers’s Almanack. Sangakkara was able to win this special award twice and he was the second player in the world to achieve it twice.
Sangakkara was appointed as first non-British President of the MCC in 2019 since it was founded in 1787. Kumar Sangakkara was the first active international player and the youngest person to deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture in cricket history. Sangakkara’s first test cricket match was on 20 July 2000, and that time he was 22 years old.
He also played his first one-day cricket match in 2000 against to Pakistan. In 2002, Sangakkara scored his double-century against to the Pakistan team at the 2nd Asian Test Championship tournament. In 2006, Kumara Sangakkara became vice-captain of Sri Lankan national cricket team while Mahela Jayawardhana was the Captain.
After becoming the vice-captain Sangakkara’s first match was against the Bangaladesh team in 2006.
However, in 2009, the captain of Sri Lankan national cricket team Mahela Jayawardhana announced that he would retire from the captaincy, thereafter Kumar Sangakkara became as the captain of the team. At that time Kumara Sangakkara was 31 years old and have already played more than eighty test matches and two hundreds of ODI matches.