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Home » Team Profiles » Sri Lanka » Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara

Full name Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara

Born October 27, 1977, Matale

Current age 28 years 191 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, ACC Asian XI, ICC World XI, Nondescripts Cricket Club

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Kumar Sangakkara is one of the stronger players of the Sri Lankan Cricket team. He is a highly talented left-handed strokemaker, a slick wicketkeeper, a sharp-eyed strategist and an even sharper-tongued sledger, capable of riling even the most unflappable characters. He performed starred in his first tournament, the Singer Series 2000 against South Africa and Pakistan, as a wicketkeeper-cum-batsman. He has the grace of David Gower but the attitude of an Australian. His approach is naturally aggressive and his greatest weakness is a capacity to over-react. His arrival filled up the position of batting at No. 3 and keeping wicket is the source of widespread debate and the selectors relieved him of the gloves in one-day cricket after the 2003 World Cup. He was rewarded for his steady performances with a spot in the ICC World XI for the Super Series one-day matches in October 2005, but was surprisingly overlooked for the Test squad.

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