Kumar Sangakkara

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Kumar Sangakkara
කුමාර් සංගක්කාර
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Personal information
Full name Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara
Born (1977-10-27) 27 October 1977 (age 36)
Matale, Sri Lanka
Nickname Sanga
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Left hand bat
Bowling style Right arm off break
Role Batsman, Wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 84) 20 July 2000 v South Africa
Last Test 06-10 July 2014 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 105) 5 July 2000 v Pakistan
Last ODI 30 August 2014 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1997– Nondescripts
2008–2010 Kings XI Punjab
2007 Warwickshire
2011–2012 Deccan Chargers
2012– Kandurata Warriors
2013 Sunrisers Hyderabad
2014 Durham
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 128 380 221 480
Runs scored 11,988 12,844 17,099 16,751
Batting average 58.76 40.13 51.34 41.25
100s/50s 37/51 19/86 49/75 28/107
Top score 319 169 319 169
Balls bowled 84 246
Wickets 0 1
Bowling average 150.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/13
Catches/stumpings 176/20 378/89 342/33 482/114
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 30 August 2014

Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara (Sinhala: කුමාර් සංගක්කාර) (born 27 October 1977) is a Sri Lankan international cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lankan national team, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsman produced by Sri Lanka. A left-handed top-order batsman, for much of his career he also played as a wicket-keeper, although he no longer keeps wicket at Test level.

Along with AB de Villiers, he dominated the number one spot in the ICC Test batting rankings between 2005 and 2014. As of August 2014, Kumar Sangakkara is placed at number 1 in ICC test rankings.[1]

Sangakkara was a key member of the team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the team that made the final of 2007 Cricket World Cup, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20.

Sangakkara captained the national team from 2009 to 2011, stepping down after the 2011 ICC World Cup final. The same year, he was named the ODI Cricketer of the Year at the ICC awards ceremony.[2] In 2012, he was honoured as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.[3]

Sangakkara is described as one of the "most polished and prudent of batsmen" in cricket.[4][5]

With 10 double centuries, he is second in the list of Test double century-makers, behind only Donald Bradman (12) and surpassed Brian Lara (9) during first innings score of 221 against Pakistan in 2014. He is also the first cricketer ever to score 150+ scores in four consecutive Test matches.[6] As the wicket keeper, he has contributed to the 3rd highest number of dismissals in ODIs—382.[7] It includes 81 stumpings, which is the highest for a wicket keeper in one-day international cricket.[8]

Sangakkara delivered the 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, which gained worldwide attention.[9] He was the youngest person and the first current international player to deliver that lecture, which was widely praised by the cricketing community for its outspoken nature.[10][11]

In terms of number of innings required, Sangakkara is the fastest batsman to reach 8,000, 9,000, and 11,000 runs in Test cricket. He is also joint fastest to 10,000.[12] He has won the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2012, Test Cricketer of the Year in 2012, and ODI Cricketer of the Year multiple times in 2011 and 2013.[13] He has also won the LG People's Choice Award twice, in 2011 and 2012. Sangakkara has regularly featured in the World Test XI and World ODI XI, appearing 6 times and 3 times in them, respectively.

On February 25, 2014 Kumar Sangakkara completed 12000 runs in One-day internationals while playing the Asia Cup match against Pakistan at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah.[14]

Along with teammate Mahela, he recorded for the most partnership runs for the 3rd wicket in Tests, scoring 5890 runs surpassing 5826 run stand of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, during the first test macth against Pakistan at Galle International Stadium.

Early life[edit]

Kumar Sangakkara was born to Kumari Surangana and Swarnakumara Sangakkara, an attorney-at-law at Matale, Sri Lanka in 1977.[15] His parents settled in Kandy, where he grew up in his childhood. Kumar received his primary and secondary education at Trinity College, Kandy, an independent elite private boys' school situated in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. He has two sisters: Thushari and Saranga, and an elder brother: Vemindra, all who have made national level achievements during their school-life. Sangakkara too started playing a number of sports: badminton, tennis, swimming, table tennis and cricket at the junior school. He was able to win national colors for badminton and tennis at his younger age. The then principal of the Trinity College, Leonard de Alwis, advised his mother to encourage Kumar to concentrate on cricket.[16]

He represented his school's under-13 cricket XI under coach Upananda Jayasundera.[15] Berty Wijesinghe coached Sangakkara for under-15, under-17, under-19 and first XI squads.[17] He was awarded The Trinity Lion, the most prestigious prize awarded to a Trinity sportsman, for his exceptional batting and wicket-keeping skills in the 1996 season, at the age of 19.[18] Sangakkara was selected to represent Sri Lanka A cricket team at a tour to South Africa in 1998–99. His knock of unbeaten 156 against Zimbabwe A team at a one-day match,[19] helped him secure a place at the Sri Lankan national cricket team later that year.

Sanga was the Senior Prefect (Head Boy) of school, he did his Advanced Level examination in the Arts stream in 1996. He was also awarded the highest honour of Trinity College_The Ryde Gold Medal, for the best all-round student in his year. Following his father, who is a lawyer in Kandy, he entered the Law Faculty of the University of Colombo, but was unable to finish his degree due to cricket tours.[20] Kumar was a chorister and played the violin during his school-days.[21] He was cited as an inspiration to continue his higher education by Bangladeshi captain Mushfiqur Rahim, upon receiving his Masters degree:

It is appreciated that someone like Sangakkara's sports personality is shaped by his education. He is obviously an inspiration.[22]

International career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At the age of 22 Sangakkara made his Test debut on 20 July 2000, keeping wicket in the first fixture of a three-match series against South Africa. Sri Lanka won the match and in his side's only innings Sangakarra batted at the fall of the third wicket and scored 23 runs before he was dismissed leg before wicket by spin bowler Nicky Boje.[23] He received his first man of the match award in the 2nd match of the Singer Triangular Series, 2000, scoring 85 runs against South Africa.[24] He ended the series with 199 runs, at an average of 66.33, securing his place for the upcoming Test series against South Africa. Before reaching his first Test century, he was twice dismissed in the 90s, once against each of South Africa and England. In August 2001, India toured Sri Lanka for three Tests and in the opening match Sangakkara scored his first century.[25] His innings of 105 not out at number three helped set up a ten-wicket victory for Sri Lanka.[26] Later that year Sangakkara scored his second Test century, this time in the first of three matches against the touring West Indians.[27]

He scored his first double-century against Pakistan in 2002, at the 2nd Asian Test Championship final.[28] His performance helped Sri Lanka secure the Test championship. In April 2003, Sangakkara made his first ODI century against Pakistan, in a losing effort.[29] Together with Marvan Atapattu, he made a partnership of 438 for the 2nd wicket—4th highest in the world—against Zimbabwe in 2004.[30] In that game, he scored 270, his first 250+ score.[31] In July 2005, he was selected to the ICC World XI ODI team but missed out from its Test counterpart.

As vice-captain[edit]

Sangakkara (right) resigned the captaincy after the 2011 World Cup and was succeeded by Tillakaratne Dilshan (left).

When Sri Lanka toured Bangladesh in February 2006 regular captain Marvan Atapattu was injured and Mahela Jayawardene became captain while Sangakkara was made vice-captain.[32] Pakistan toured Sri Lanka for two Test and three ODIs in March 2006, and with Atapattu still injured Jayawardene and Sangakkara remained captain and vice-captain respectively.[33] The pair had only expected to hold the positions on an interim basis, but extended into a third series as Atapattu failed to recover in time to tour England in April and ended up filling the roles full-time.[34] In July 2006, Sangakkara made his second-highest Test score to-date (287) against South Africa. In a record-breaking partnership with Mahela Jayawardene, he set up the world record for the highset partnership in Test cricket—624 runs—in this match.[35]

On 6 December 2007 he made it to the top spot of ICC Test player rankings with a rating of 938, the highest rating ever achieved by a Sri Lankan player, and became the first batsman ever to score in excess of 150 in four consecutive tests.[15] His skill was recognised worldwide when he earned selection for the ICC World XI One Day International team that competed against Australia in the Johnnie Walker Series in October 2005. Despite the World XI losing all of the one-day games by considerable margins, Sangakkara left the series with some credit, averaging 46. He was one of the winners of the 2008 inaugural Cricinfo awards for outstanding batting in Test cricket.[36]

Sangakkara holds the record for fastest 8,000 runs (152 innings) in Test cricket. He broke the previous record set by Sachin Tendulkar (154 innings) during the third Test against India on 6 August 2010. He also holds the record for fastest 9,000 runs (172 innings) in Test cricket. He broke the previous record set by Rahul Dravid (176 innings) during the second Test against Pakistan on 3 November 2011.[37] Sangakkara was billed as a future captain of Sri Lanka.[38][39] On Sri Lanka's tour to England in May 2006, he was named the vice-captain of the side. On 3 March 2009, a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team convoy in Pakistan injured 6 Sri Lankan players including Sangakkara. Sangakkara suffered shrapnel wounds in his shoulder.[40] In November 2006, Sangakkara made it to the ICC World XI Test team he missed out previous time. Next year, he signed an agreement to join the Warwickshire County Cricket Club.[41] That year, he scored back-to-back double centuries against Bangladesh and became only the fifth cricketer in the history to do so.[42]

Captaincy[edit]

Sangakkara's record as captain
  Matches Won Lost Drawn No result
Test[43] 15 5 3 7
ODI[44] 45 27 14 4
T20I[45] 21 12 9

In February 2009, the then captain of the Sri Lankan side, Mahela Jayawardene announced that he would step down from captaincy "in the best interests of the Sri Lankan team". He said he believed that it would give his successor around two years to build up to the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[46] Therefore at the age of 31 and with the experience of 80 Tests and 246 ODIs, Sangakkara succeeded Jayawardene as Sri Lanka's captain in all formats of the game. His first engagement in the role was the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 hosted by England in June.[47] Sri Lanka became runners-up in the series after winning all the game in group and knock-out stages and being defeated by Pakistan in the final. Sangakkara made 64 not-out in the final, but was unable to take Sri Lanka for the championship.[48] Sri Lanka failed to reach to the knock-out stage of the ICC Champions Trophy in September 2009. The next Indian tour proved to be disastrous for the team, with Sri Lanka being beaten by India in Test sries 2–0 and ODI series 3–1.

Sri Lankan team under the captaincy of Sangakkara gained momentum and won the next Tri-series in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, beating India as well. The Sri Lankans' tour of Australia proved to be very successful, in winning both the T20 and ODI series. This was Sri Lanka's first ever series victory in Australia.[49]

A month in advance of the 2011 World Cup in March, Sangakkara decided that he would resign the captaincy after the tournament.[50] Sri Lanka reached the final of the tournament.[51] Throughout the tournament Sangakkara was in prolific form with the bat scoring 465 runs from 9 matches and was the third highest run scorer behind team-mate Tillakaratne Dilshan and India's Sachin Tendulkar. Days after guiding Sri Lanka to the finals of the World Cup, Sangakkara announced to the public he was stepping down as captain of the T20 and ODI teams. He offered to continue as Test captain if deemed necessary for transition to new skipper;[52] in the event Dilshan was appointed captain across all formats.[53] Reflecting on the decision afterwards, he said that "captaining Sri Lanka is a job that ages you very quickly ... It's rarely a job you will last long in ... I also had a two-year stint, and I enjoyed it at times, certainly on the field where our results showed we were one of the top two sides in the world for one-and-a-half years, especially in the shorter form of the game."[50]

Post-captaincy[edit]

Sri Lanka's first fixture after the World Cup was a tour of England beginning in May. During the second match of a three Test series Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sangakkara's successor as captain, suffered a broken thumb. Sangakkara filled-in while Dilshan was off the pitch and formally assumed the captaincy for the final Test.[54][55] The match ended in a draw and the series ended in a 1–0 victory for England; Sangakarra scored a century in the match, his first against England in nine Tests.[56]

Sangakkara's results in international matches[57]
  Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied No result
Test[58] 117 47 37 33 0
ODI[59] 362 193 150 - 2 17
T20I[60] 48 27 19 1 1

Sangakkara was named the man of the series in 2011–12 Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka Test series—his first man of the series award in Test cricket. He made 516 runs in the 3 match series which was won by Pakistan 1–0.[61] He scored his 8th Test double-century in that tournament.[62] This is the third highest number of double centuries made by a Test cricketer in history, behind Donald Bradman and Brian Lara, with 12 and 9 respectively.[63] On August the same year, he was named the ODI Cricketer of the Year, wicket keeper-captain of the ICC World XI Test team, and won the ICC People's Choice Award in 2011 ICC Awards.[2] In 2012, he was named one of the Wisden's five Cricketer's of the Year.[3]

Sangakkara struggled when England toured Sri Lanka in 2012. He failed to score a half century during The Two Test match series. But he regained his form in the ODI series VS Pakistan where he twice scored in the 90s. In the following Test series Sangakkara continued his form with a 199, the scoreboard originally said he had scored the double century but it turned out to be a mistake. Sri Lanka later won the Test match. He followed this up with 192 in the game, again missing out on the double century. Sri Lanka drew the next two matches meaning Sri Lanka won the series 1–0. The first time they won a Test series since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan.

On the Sri Lankan tour of Bangladesh in 2014, Sangakarra hit his highest test score to date with 319 in the first innings of the second test.[64] Making him only the third Sri Lankan player to hit a triple century after Sanath Jayasuria and Mahela Jayawardena. He followed his triple century with a knock of 105 in the 2nd innings as game finished as a draw. He continued his good batting run with another century in the 2nd ODI.

His impressive form with the bat continued at the 2014 Asia Cup where he amassed a total of 245 runs in five innings. He started the tournament with a 63 against Pakistan before hitting a match winning 103 VS India. He then added scores of 77 and 2 against Afghanistan and Bangladesh before being dismissed for a golden duck in the final versus Pakistan. Sri Lanka went on to win the game and the tournament.[65]

Sangakkara decided to retire from T20 internationals after playing the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. Afterwards Jayawardene also followed him into retirement. Sangakkara under performed in the World T20, but in the final match against India, he scored 51 runs not out off just 33 balls making his team win their second ICC trophy since 1996.

Cowdrey Lecture[edit]

Kumar Sangakkara delivered the 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lords.[9] He became the youngest person and the first current international player to deliver that lecture, which was widely praised by the cricketing community.[10][11][66] The one hour long speech was based on the history and the corruption in the cricket administration in Sri Lanka. In his speech, he said: "accountability and transparency in administration and credibility of conduct were lost in a mad power struggle that would leave Sri Lankan cricket with no clear, consistent administration", and observed that these problems in administration had risen only after Sri Lanka's 1996 Cricket World Cup victory.[67] He also blamed "a handful of well-meaning individuals" who control the game, wasting the cricket board's finances and resources. Immediately after the lecture, the Sri Lankan sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage ordered an investigation into the speech.[68] Despite the critical comments by the Sri Lankan government officials, it has been described as "the most important speech in cricket history".[69]

Domestic cricket[edit]

Sangakkara plays his domestic cricket for Nondescripts in Sri Lanka. Sangakkara has played English county cricket with Warwickshire in the 2007 County Championship. In 2010 Sangakkara was contracted to represent Lancashire in the 2010 County Championship,[70] but never represented the club because of international commitments.[71]

Indian Premier League[edit]

Kumar Sangakkara has played in five seasons of the Indian Premier League. Winning bids for him in 2008 and 2011 were US$700,000 by Kings XI Punjab and US$300,000 by Deccan Chargers respectively. He was the captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team. Sangakkara has scored 1567 runs with 10 half-centuries in 62 matches in IPL.[72]

Sri Lanka Premier League[edit]

SLPL In the Sri Lanka Premier League which officially started in 2012, Kumar Sangakkara was named the captain and icon player of the Kandurata Warriors franchise. Unfortunately he couldn't participate as a player in the inaugural edition in 2012 as he suffered a finger injury weeks before the tournament during a One Day International against India. However, he appeared as a television commentator during some matches.

Caribbean Premier League[edit]

On August 18, 2013 Sangakkarra joined the Jamaican Tallawahs of the Caribbean Premier League.[73]

Personal life[edit]

Sangakkara is married to his longtime partner, Yehali.[74] They have one girl and a boy: Swyree and Kavith.[75]

He is involved in a number of charity work in Sri Lanka. He is a member of the Think Wise Initiative, launched by International Cricket Council, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and UNICEF, which is aimed at raising awareness around HIV prevention and eliminating discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS.[76] He is also a partner of the Foundation of Goodness, a charity launched by Muttiah Muralitharan.[20]

Playing style[edit]

Sangakkara is a left-handed top order batsman who likes to hit the ball square of the wicket on the off-side. While the Cut and the pull are natural strokes to him, he tends to play off the front foot. Cover drive is one of his regular scoring shots. Sangakkara averages around 57 in Test cricket. Among the current Test batsmen, he holds the best average. In ODI cricket, he retains an average of 40.[77] Sangakkara handed over his wicket-keeping duty to Prasanna Jayawardene in Tests cricket in 2009 (on Boxing Day, 2012, he had to replace him behind the wicket after Jayawardene suffered an injured right thumb against Australia). Now he plays as a specialist batsman in Tests, and wicket keeper-batsman in other formats of the game. He is the third in the list of wicket keepers who contributed to the most numnber of dismissals in ODI cricket. With 382 dismissals, he is behind Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher.[7] He is also the wicket keeper with highest number of stumpings—81—in ODI cricket.[8]

He has also won a certain degree of admiration for his clever use of sledging and is one of few cricketers who are willing to talk about it openly. In an interview in 2004 he explained his approach to sledging:

The public perception of sledging is to go out there and abuse someone in obscene language, questioning their parentage or sexual preferences. That kind of abuse does not belong on the field of play. Sledging, as coined and pioneered by the Australians, is a measured comment designed to get a reaction out of a player. It could be any reaction: a bit of anger, a show of arrogance, a comment, a shake of the head, or a slump of the shoulders.

—Kumar Sangakarra in 2004[78]

Player statistics[edit]

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Sangakkara's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

Test performance against each opponent[edit]

As of 21 April 2014:

Opponent Matches Innings Not out Runs High Score 100 50 Average
 Australia 11 21 1 878 192 1 7 43.90
 Bangladesh 15 21 2 1,816 319 7 7 95.57
 England 22 39 1 1,568 152 3 7 40.20
 India 15 24 2 1,257 219 5 2 57.13
 New Zealand 10 17 3 672 156* 3 2 48.00
 Pakistan 20 39 6 2,728 230 10 10 82.66
 South Africa 17 28 0 1,434 287 3 6 48.64
 West Indies 12 19 2 918 157* 3 5 54.00
 Zimbabwe 5 6 0 536 270 2 1 89.33
TOTAL 127 219 17 11,907 319 37 49 58.84

Centuries[edit]

Sangakkara has scored 36 centuries surpassing Don Bradman's 29 in Test cricket and has scored 19 centuries in ODIs. [79]

He has 37 test, 19 ODI centuries, with no T20I centuries.

Half-centuries[edit]

Sangakkara has scored 51 test, 86 ODI and 8 T20I half-centuries.

Awards[edit]

Sangakkara has been in the Test World XI, an astonishing 6 times, from 2006 to 2008 and again from 2010 to 2012. He has also been in the ODI World XI 3 times, from 2011 to 2013. In 2011, apart from being named in both the World XIs, Sangakkara also won the ODI Cricketer of the Year and the LG People's Choice Award. In 2012, Sangakkara won three awards, including the prestigious Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year at the annual ICC awards ceremony in Colombo. Sangakkara also won the People's Choice Award, for the second year running. In 2013, again, Sangakkara was awarded with the ODI Player of the Year award.

Test Cricket – Man of the Series awards[edit]

  • In this table Ct., refers to the Catches and St. refers to the Stumping
# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan Vs. Sri Lanka Test Series 2011–12 516 (3 Matches); 1 Ct.  Pakistan Won the series 1–0[61]
2 Pakistan Vs. Sri Lanka Test Series 2012 490 (3 matches);1Ct.  Sri Lanka Won the series 1–0[61]
3 Bangladesh in Sri Lanka Test Series 2013 441 (2 matches)  Sri Lanka Won the series 1–0[61]
4 Sri Lanka in Bangladesh Test Series 2014 499 (2 matches)  Sri Lanka Won the series 1–0[80]

Test Cricket – Man of the match awards[edit]

  • In this table Ct., refers to the Catches and St. refers to the Stumping
# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 1st Test – Zimbabwe in Sri Lanka Test Series 2001–02 1st Innings – 128 ; 3 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won by an innings and 166 runs[81]
2 2001–02 Asian Test Championship Final 2001–02 1st Innings – 230 ; 2nd Innings 14* ; 5 Ct., 1 St.  Sri Lanka Won by 8 wickets[82]
3 2nd Test – Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe Test Series 2004 1st Innings – 270 ; 1 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won by an innings and 254 runs[83]
4 2nd Test – South Africa in Sri Lanka Test Series 2004 1st Innings – 232 ; 2nd Innings – 64 ; 1 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won by 313 runs[84]
5 2nd Test – West Indies in Sri Lanka Test Series 2005 1st Innings – 6 ; 2nd Innings – 157 ; 1 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won by 240 runs[85]
6 1st Test – Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series 2005–06 1st Innings – 8 ; 2nd Innings – 185 ; 2 Ct. Match drawn[86]
7 2nd Test – Bangladesh in Sri Lanka Test Series 2007 1st Innings – 200*  Sri Lanka Won by an innings and 90 runs[87]
8 1st Test – England in Sri Lanka Test Series 2007–08 1st Innings – 92 ; 2nd Innings – 152 ; 1 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won by 88 runs[88]
9 3rd Test – India in Sri Lanka Test Series 2008 1st Innings – 144 ; 2nd Innings – 4  Sri Lanka Won by 8 wickets[89]
10 3rd Test – Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series 2009 1st Innings – 45 ; 2nd Innings – 130* ; 2 Ct. Match drawn[90]
11 2nd Test – India in Sri Lanka Test Series 2009–10 1st Innings – 219 ; 2nd Innings – 42* ; 3 Ct. Match drawn[91]
12 2nd Test – West Indies in Sri Lanka Test Series 2010–11 1st Innings – 150 ; 2nd Innings – 1* Match drawn[92]
13 1st Test – Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka Test Series 2011–12 1st Innings – 2 ; 2nd Innings – 211 ; 1 Ct. Match drawn[93]
14 3rd Test – Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka Test Series 2011–12 1st Innings – 144 ; 2nd Innings – 51 ; 1 Ct. Match drawn[94]
15 1st Test – Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series 2012 1st Inning – 199* ; Second Inning – 1 ; 1 Ct.  Sri Lanka won by 209 runs[95]
16 2nd Test – Sri Lanka in Bangladesh Test Series 2014 1st Inning – 319 ; Second Inning – 105 ; Match Drawn[96]

One-Day International Cricket – Man of the series awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Cherry Blossom Sharjah Cup 2003 228 (3 Matches)  Pakistan Won the series[97]
2 South African in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2004 247 (5 Matches); 5 Ct. ; 5 St.  Sri Lanka Won the series 5–0[98]
3 Sri Lankan in Bangladesh ODI Series 2005–06 182 (3 Matches); 5 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won the series 2–1[99]
4 Tri-Series in Bangladesh 2009–10 274 (5 Matches); 7 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won the series[100]
5 South African in Sri Lanka 2013 372 (5 Matches); 11 Ct. ; 2 st. ; 1 run out  Sri Lanka Won the series[101]

One-Day International Cricket – Man of the Match Awards[edit]

# Series Season Against Match Performance Result
1 2nd Match – Singer Triangular Series 2000  South Africa 85 ; 1 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won by 37 runs[24]
2 7th Match – NatWest Series 2002  England 70  Sri Lanka Won by 23 runs[102]
3 2nd Match – Cherry Blossom Sharjah Cup 2003  Pakistan 100*  Pakistan Won by 7 wickets[103]
4 4th Match – Cherry Blossom Sharjah Cup 2003  Kenya 103*  Sri Lanka Won by 129 runs[104]
5 4th Match – South Africa in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2004  South Africa 74* ; 1 St.  Sri Lanka Won by 7 wickets[105]
6 Final – Paktel Cup 2004–05  Pakistan 68 ; 1 Ct. ; 2 St.  Sri Lanka Won by 199 runs[106]
7 2nd Match – Afro-Asia Cup 2005  Africa XI 61 ; 1 Ct.  Asian XI Won by 17 runs[107]
8 3rd Match – VB Series 2005–06  South Africa 88  Sri Lanka Won by 94 runs[108]
9 1st Final – VB Series 2005–06  Australia 83 ; 1 St.  Sri Lanka Won by 22 runs[109]
10 3rd Match – Sri Lanka in Bangladesh ODI Series 2005–06  Bangladesh 109 ; 1 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won by 78 runs[110]
11 2nd Match – Sri Lanka in India ODI Series 2006–07  India 110 ; 2 Ct. ; 1 St.  Sri Lanka Won by 5 runs[111]
12 8th Match – Commonwealth Bank Series 2007–08  India 128 ; 1 Ct.  India Won by 2 wickets[112]
13 3rd Match – Asia Cup 2008  Bangladesh 101 ; 2 Ct. ; 1 St.  Sri Lanka Won by 131 runs[113]
14 8th Match – Asia Cup 2008  Pakistan 112 ; 1 St.  Sri Lanka Won by 64 runs[114]
15 Final – Tri-Series in Bangladesh 2008–09  Bangladesh 59 ; 4 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won by 2 wickets[115]
16 5th Match – India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2008–09  India 84 ; 2 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won by 68 runs[116]
17 3rd Match – West Indies in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2010–11  West Indies 75 ; 1 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won by 26 runs[117]
18 38th Match – Cricket World Cup 2011  New Zealand 111 ; 1 Ct. ; 1 St.  Sri Lanka Won by 112 runs[118]
19 1st Semi Final – Cricket World Cup 2011  New Zealand 54 ; 3 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won by 5 wickets[119]
20 5th Match – Sri Lanka in South Africa ODI Series 2011–12  South Africa 102  Sri Lanka Won by 2 wickets[120]
21 8th Match – 2013 ICC Champions Trophy 2013  England 134*  Sri Lanka Won by 7 wickets[121]
22 5th Match – West Indies Triangular Series in 2013 2013  West Indies 90* ; 1 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won by 39 runs(D/L)[122]
23 1st Match – South African cricket team in Sri Lanka in 2013 2013  South Africa 169 ; 2 Ct. ; 1 st.  Sri Lanka Won by 180 runs[123]
24 2nd Match – Sri Lankan cricket team in Bangladesh in 2013–14 2014  Bangladesh 128 ; 2 Ct.  Sri Lanka Won by 61 runs[124]
25 4th Match – Asia Cup 2014 2014  India 103 ; 1 st.  Sri Lanka Won by 2 wickets[125]
26 7th Match – Asia Cup 2014 2014  Afghanistan 76 ; 1 ct.  Sri Lanka Won by 129 runs[126]

See also[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sachin Tendulkar
Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World
2011
Succeeded by
Michael Clarke
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mahela Jayawardene
Sri Lankan national cricket captain
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Tillakaratne Dilshan