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Kumar “Sanga" Chokshanada Sangakkara is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and captain of the Sri Lankan national team. Widely regarded as one of the world's most influential cricketers, Sangakkara rated as the Greatest ODI batsman of all time in a recent public poll. He is also regarded as one of Sri Lanka's legendary match-winners and one of the best batsmen to ever played the game for Sri Lanka. Sangakkara has forged many formidable partnerships with long time team mate and friend, Mahela Jayawardene and holds numerous batting records in the modern era across all formats of the game. He is second to Tendulkar in terms of most international runs with 28,016.

Kumar Sangakkara
කුමාර සංගක්කාර
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Sangakkara in his final ODI in Sri Lanka
Personal information
Full name Kumara Chokshanada Sangakkara
Born (1977-10-27) 27 October 1977 (age 39)
Matale, Sri Lanka
Nickname Sanga
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Left hand bat
Bowling style Right arm off break
Role Wicket-keeper, Batsman
Relations Yehali Sangakkara (spouse)
International information
National side
Test debut 20 July 2000 v South Africa
Last Test 20 August 2015 v India
ODI debut 5 July 2000 v Pakistan
Last ODI 18 March 2015 v South Africa
ODI shirt no. 11
T20I debut 15 June 2006 v England
Last T20I 6 April 2014 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1997–present Nondescripts
2016–present Quetta Gladiators
2007 Warwickshire
2011–2012 Deccan Chargers
2013 Sunrisers Hyderabad
2014 Durham
2015–present Surrey
2015–present Hobart Hurricanes
2015–present Dhaka Dynamites
2008-2010 Kings XI Punjab
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 134 404 56 250
Runs scored 12,400 14,234 1382 19,420
Batting average 57.40 41.98 31.40 50.44
100s/50s 38/52 25/93 0/8 56/84
Top score 319 169 78 319
Balls bowled 84 246
Wickets 0 1
Bowling average  – 150.00
5 wickets in innings  – 0
10 wickets in match  – 0
Best bowling 1/13
Catches/stumpings 182/20 402/99 25/20 365/33
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 28 September 2016

Kumar “Sanga" Chokshanada Sangakkara (Sinhalese: කුමාර සංගක්කාර; born 27 October 1977) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and captain of the Sri Lankan national team. Widely regarded as one of the world's most influential cricketers, Sangakkara rated as the Greatest ODI batsman of all time in a recent public poll. He is also regarded as one of Sri Lanka's legendary match-winners and one of the best batsmen to ever played the game for Sri Lanka. Sangakkara has forged many formidable partnerships with long time team mate and friend, Mahela Jayawardene and holds numerous batting records in the modern era across all formats of the game. He is second to Tendulkar in terms of most international runs with 28,016.

A left-handed top-order batsman, he is also a record-breaking wicket-keeper, although he no longer kept wickets at the end of his Test career. Currently, he is the second-highest run-scorer in ODI cricket and the fifth-highest run scorer in Test cricket.

Sangakkara is described as one of the "most polished and prudent of batsmen" in cricket. Along with AB de Villiers, he has dominated the number one spot in the ICC Test batting rankings between 2005 and 2015. On 12 August 2015, Sangakkara was placed at number 5 in the ICC Test rankings.

Sangakkara was a key member of the team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the team that made the final of the 2007 Cricket World Cup, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20. He won the Man of the Match award in the final of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, where he helped the team win their first title.

He was the youngest person and the first active international player to deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, which was widely praised by the cricketing community for its outspoken nature.

In terms of a number of innings required, Sangakkara is the fastest batsman to reach 8,000, 9,000, 11,000 and 12,000 runs in Test cricket. He is also joint fastest to 10,000. He won the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2012, Test Cricketer of the Year in 2012, and ODI Cricketer of the Year multiple times in 2011 and 2013. He has also won the LG People's Choice Award twice, in 2011 and 2012. Sangakkara has regularly featured in the World Test XI and World ODI XI, appearing six times and three times in them, respectively. He was selected as Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2015 edition of Wisden.

He was named the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2011 and 2015. He is one of two players to have won this award twice, along with Indian opener Virender Sehwag, who won the award in 2008 and 2009.

On 29 January 2015, Sangakkara became Sri Lanka's highest ever ODI run scorer, surpassing the previous record of 13,430 runs held by Sanath Jayasuriya. In the same match, he also broke the record for ODI wicketkeeping dismissals, breaking the previous record of 472 held by Adam Gilchrist.