Facts You Don’t know about Kumar Sangakkara

Hello friends, welcome to this article, so in this article we are going to talk about facts you don’t know about Kumar Sangakkara.. Kumar Sangakkara is arguably one of the greatest Sri Lankan players of all time. Sangakkara’s achievements on the field are quite impressive. Since losing the gloves he has scored a Test century every 2.8 games – unheard of in the modern era

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Facts You Don’t know about Kumar Sangakkara:

International career:

Words fall short when it comes to describing Sangakkara’s illustrious international career. He represented his country with distinction for 15 years and created many records during his journey. He also had the privilege of leading his nation.

Cowdrey Lecture:

In 2011, Sangakkara became the youngest person and the first active international player to deliver the prestigious MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s. His speech was widely praised by the cricket community and has been described as “one of the most important speeches in cricket history”.

Early days of cricket

After excelling for his school and club cricket teams at various age group levels, Sangakkara was selected in the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team to tour South Africa in the year 1998–99. He played a special inning of 156 not out against Zimbabwe ‘A’ in an ODI on that tour, which led to his selection for the Sri Lankan national cricket team later that year.

Milestones

Sangakkara is Sri Lanka’s leading run-scorer in both Tests and ODIs and has a career average of 57.40, which places him 10th in the list of players with the highest career average. He is also the fastest batsman to score 8,000, 9,000, 11,000 and 12,000 runs and the joint fastest batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. He is second in the list of players who have scored the highest score of more than 200 in Test cricket. Don Bradman has done this 12 times, Sangakkara has done this 11 times.

Best friend, on and off the field:

His contemporary and another great batsman from the island nation, Mahela Jayawardene, has been his close associate for the last 20 years. The two have played together and against since their school days and even after their retirement, the partnership has not continued. The two have been involved in one of the most famous partnerships in the history of the game – their 624-run partnership against South Africa in 2006 – which is the highest ever partnership for any wicket in first-class cricket. After retirement, the two have started a few business ventures together.

Invitation to WCC:

At the young age of 34, Sangakkara was invited to join the MCC World Cricket Committee (WCC). He is currently its youngest member and the second Sri Lankan to be invited to the WCC after Michael Tissera.

Donation

A great human being, Sangakkara has been involved in many charitable initiatives. He is an active member of the ThinkWise Initiative launched by ICC. He also donates his time and services to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS and UNICEF, which aims to raise awareness about HIV prevention and eliminate discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS. He is also a partner and trustee of the Foundation of Goodness, a charity foundation headed by Kushil Gunasekara and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Ambassador:

Earlier this year, just after the end of the 2015 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Sangakkara as the ambassador for the anti-narcotics program in Sri Lanka at a ceremony at the President’s official residence. The President also offered him the post of Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom immediately after his retirement.

An inspirational role-model

Sangakkara has been a source of inspiration for the Sri Lankan youth. With his extraordinary achievements in the field of cricket and education, he is playing the role of a role-model for the country, which needs leaders like him.

Education:

Sangakkara did his schooling at Trinity College, an elite private boys’ school in Kandy. He was Head Boy of the school and was also awarded the Ryde Gold Medal, Trinity College’s highest honor for the best all-round student. He later earned a degree in the Arts stream in 1996 and enrolled for a law degree at the University of Colombo, but was unable to complete it due to his cricket commitments.

All rounder:

Apart from being good in academics, Sangakkara was also good in sports as well as other extra-curricular activities. He played many sports like badminton, tennis, swimming, table tennis and cricket during his school days and even represented his country in badminton, tennis and cricket at a young age. Sangakkara was also a member of a choir and played the violin during school.

Conclusion:

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