Sangakkara on a record breaking spree, beats Bradman
Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara has been on a record-breaking spree in the second Test against Pakistan here at the SSC grounds in the capital.Updated: Jul 04, 2012 13:38 IST
Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara has been on a record-breaking spree in the second Test against Pakistan here at the SSC grounds in the capital.
Sangakkara scored his 30th career Test century and ninth against Pakistan in the rain-hit Test match Tuesday and was involved in a 200-run partnership with opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, reports Xinhua.
During his innings, the former Sri Lankan captain went on to score the most number of career Test runs against Pakistan, beating the 2,089 runs scored by Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar.
Sangakkara's ninth Test century against Pakistan was also the most number of Test centuries scored by any international cricketer against Pakistan.
Scoring his 30th Test hundred Sangakkara also joined an elite list of cricketers who haves cored 30 or more Test centuries.
Sangakkara went ahead of Australian legend Sir Don Bradman who scored 29 Test hundreds and is the second Sri Lankan on the list after captain Mahela Jayawardena who has 31 Test hundreds.
Indian master batsman Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 51 Test hundreds.
Sangakkara led Sri Lanka in the last cricket World Cup last year but his team lost the final to India.
He resigned from the captaincy following the loss but continued to remain in the Sri Lankan team.
Cricket became a hugely popular game in Sri Lanka after the island nation won the cricket World Cup in 1996.