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Kumar Sangakkara

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Full Name: Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara
Born: October 26 1977 , Matale
County: Lancashire
Other teams: Sri Lanka, Kings XI, Punjab, Warwickshire
Test debut: Sri Lanka v South Africa, Galle, July 20-23 2000
ODI debut: Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Galle, July 5 2000
Batting Style: Left-hand bat


Sri Lanka's key wicket-keeper batsman is widely recognised as one of the most talented players in the game. He broke into the side at the age of 22 and blessed the game with his elegant strokeplay and sharp work behind the stumps. He is a naturally aggressive player and one of the first names down on the Sri Lanka teamsheet. The dual responsibility of batting at number three and keeping wicket is 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 unbala...

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