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Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara, an elegant stroke player, a reliable keeper, an astute thinker, was the cornerstone of Sri Lankan cricket for close to 15 years.

After playing close to 500 international games for his country, the all-time great cricketer played his final game in a Test against India at Colombo (PSS) in 2015.

Sangakkara’s arrival on the cricket scene was sensational. A blistering 156 against Zimbabwe A in 2000 was enough to convince the selectors of his ability. Rewarded with a place in the one-day squad at the age of only 22, he won his first Man of the Match award in his second game.

He scored his maiden Test century in his tenth Test after missing out twice before by getting out in the 90s. His batting was bordered by a temperament beyond his age.

Sangakkara reached the peak of his prowess under the leadership of his good mate Mahela Jayawardene, having a prolific run in both forms of the game. His compiled a monumental 287 in the company of Mahela as the duo put on 624, and sucked the life out of the South African bowling attack, while rewriting First-Class cricket record books.

His counter-attacking century on a green pitch in Wellington in 2006-07 showed his class as a batsman.

Sangakkara says has no ‘ambitions’ to be next Imran Khan

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's batting legend Kumar Sangakkara Monday said he had no intention of making a foray into politics after local media reported he was eyeing next year's presidential elections. Sangakkara's comments came amid a media frenzy comparing him to Imran Khan, the cricketing great who is set to be sworn in as Pakistan's prime minister on Saturday. "I would like to put to rest speculation and rumour once and for all, confirming that I do not harbour any ambitions for political office," Sangakkara, 40, said in a…

Legend Sangakkara to retire from first class cricket

LONDON: Sri Lankan cricketing legend Kumar Sangakkara said Monday he will retire from first-class cricket at the end of the present English county championship season in September. The 39-year-old -- fifth in the list of all-time Test run scorers averaging more than 57 runs in 134 Tests, making 11 double centuries -- is still in prime form having scored two centuries for Surrey in their match with Middlesex which finished on Monday. However, Sangakkara -- also one of the all-time great limited overs batsmen and a…

Here’s how the PSL’s second edition trophy looks like

ISLAMABAD: The trophy of the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) unveiled in Dubai in a ceremony on Monday, ARY News reported. President of PSL's Governing Council Najam Sethi alongside with captains and owners of all five franchises of the league -- Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars -- were present in the colourful ceremony. The Captains with the Chairman PSL at #TheSpiritTrophy reveal! pic.twitter.com/cgN89zqsC2 — PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20)…

Smash or crash — the Brendon McCullum way

CHRISTCHURCH: The tattered cap was removed for the last time on Wednesday as Brendon McCullum headed into retirement ultimately in defeat, but on the back of one last destructive, record-breaking innings.