Kumar Sangakkara became one of Sri Lanka's most influential players, a highly talented left-handed strokemaker and wicketkeeper.Updated: Oct 23, 2006 18:05 IST
Kumar Sangakkara,tipped as future captain of the island nation,is one of Sri Lanka's most influential players, a highly talented left-handed strokemaker and wicketkeeper.
Sangakarra also bowls useful off spin. He came to international cricket in July 2000 and has played over 100 one-dayers since then. Burdening him with the exhausting dual responsibility of batting at No. 3 and keeping wicket has been the source of widespread debate and the selectors relieved him of the gloves in one-day cricket after the 2003 World Cup. The change increased his productivity as a batsman but left the team unbalanced and he was handed back the wicketkeeping during Australia's tour in 2003-04.
Tall and slim, he is an elegant driver of the ball and at his best is a joy to watch.
He made his one-day debut in the Singer Triangular Tournament against Pakistan at Galle International Stadium. Throughout the series he batted excellently and kept wickets well. He is now well on his way to establishing himself as a top batsman. He has a brilliant double century, 230 to his credit.
First Published: Jan 24, 2003 19:30 IST