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Kumara "Kumar" Chokshanada Sangakkara ( Sinhalese : කුමාර සංගක්කාර ; born 27 October 1977) is a Sri Lankan cricketer , and forme...
Kumara "Kumar" Chokshanada Sangakkara (Sinhalese: කුමාර සංගක්කාර; born 27 October 1977) is a Sri Lankan cricketer, and former captain of the Sri Lankan national team. He is widely regarded as one of the world's most influential cricketers.He 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 Second only to Sachin Tendulkar by most international runs with 28,016, where Tendulakar top ranked with 34,357 international runs, Sangakkara is described by many critics as the best cricketer to ever walk on earth after Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar


A left-handed top-order batsman, he is also a record-breaking wicket-keeper, although he no longer keeps wickets at Test level. 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 over the past decade. 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 Crowdrey lecture, which was widely praised by the cricketing community for its outspoken nature.
In terms of 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 13430 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.

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