Personal Profile (Personal Biography)
Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara
Date of Birth (Birthday):
27 October 1977
Matale, Sri Lanka
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Wicket-keeper, Sri Lanka Captain
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Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara was born to Kumari and Chokshanada Sangakkara at Matale in 1977. Sangakkara is a product of the Trinity College, Kandy where he received the coveted Trinity Lion for Cricket and was the Ryde Medalist of his year. Sangakkara began his career as a batsman but subsequently became a wicket-keeper. His batting has developed to such an extent that he once topped the LG ICC Test batting rankings. However, in 2006 he gave the gloves to Prasanna Jayawardene in Tests and has since played as a specialist batsman. He remains Sri Lanka's wicket-keeper in One Day International and Twenty20 cricket. As of September 2009, he was ranked 1st on the Test batting rankings. Sangakkara peaked at 6th on the ICC all-time Test batting rankings. Sangakkara was billed as a future captain of Sri Lanka. On Sri Lanka's tour to England in May 2006, he was named the vice-captain of the side. In March 2009 he was appointed to captain the Sri Lankan team for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. Sangakkara has 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.
- Made his ODI debut in 2000, scoring his first two ODI centuries against Pakistan and Kenya in Sharjah in April 2003
- Became Sri Lanka's captain prior to the ICC World Twenty20 2009
- Played in the 2003 and 2007 editions of the ICC CWC events, but has yet to score a century in the tournament
- He is a Think Wise Champion for ICC's partnership with UNAIDS and UNICEF to raise awareness of HIV.
- He is multilingual, being able to speak in Sinhalese, Tamil and English and is often seen as the unofficial spokesman of the cricket team. Sangakkara is ambidextrous. Sangakkara is currently a law student at the Sri Lanka Law College.
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