Kandy school product Kumar Sangakkara will say good bye to Test cricket. He is a polished and prudent batsmen Kandy has produced.
Kumar was born on 27th Ocotober, 1977 to Kumari and Swatnakumar Sangakara, an attorney at law from Matale. Though Kumar was born in Matale, he received his education at Trinity College.
He first was keen in lawn tennis, table tennis, badminton and swimming and cricket at junior level. The Principal of Trinity College of that era Col. Leonard M. de Alwis, after seeing his interest in sports, especially in cricket advised Kumar’s mother to encourage him to take up cricket and has told that this young cricketer has every shot in the book.
Kumar played for Trinity College under-15, 17 and the senior teams and led the senior team in 1997. He won colours and Lion for cricket in 1995 and 1996 and also the best all-round students award the Ryde Gold Medal.
At the age of twenty two, Kumar made his test debut on 20th July, and kept wickets in the first Test in a three match series against South Africa. Sri Lanka won this match.
Then in 2001 India toured Sri Lanka for three tests and in the opening match Kumar scored his first century 105 not out batting at number three, which helped to set up a ten wicket win for Sri Lanka.
He scored his first double century against Pakistan in 2002. In 2015 February Kumar was placed number one with 909 run as his 938 points is the top rating points.
In ODI, he made his debut against Pakistan in Galle on 5th July where he scored 35 runs off 55 balls and was run out. In 2009 with 80 tests and 246 ODI’s was made the captain of the Sri Lanka team taking over from Mahela Jayawardene.
In 2009, Sri Lanka became runners-up in the ICC World T20 when defeated by Pakistan in the final in spite of Kumar’s 64 not out in the final.
In 2014 tour of Pakistan, Kumar hit his highest test score 319 in the first innings of the second test. He became the third Sri Lankan cricketer to score a triple century.
Sangakkara decided to resign from the captaincy after the 2011 World Cup. He also announced that he was stepping down from the captaincy of the T20 and ODI teams
His greatest moment was when he delivered the 2011 MCC spirit of cricket Cowdery lecture at Lords. He became the youngest and first current international player to deliver a lecture. His speech was based on the history and the corruption in the cricket administration in Sri Lanka. Immediately after the lecture, the Sports Minister ordered an investigation into the speech.
Kumar played for NCC, and he has played county cricket with Warwickshire, Lancashire, Durham and Surrey.
He played in the Sri Lanka Premier league for Kandurata Warriors franchise.
Well done Sanga, you made all Kandy cricket lovers proud.