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Kumar Sangakkara's Test career in numbers

The numbers easily prove Sangakkara's legacy and greatness as a batsman.

Kumar Sangakkara in action against Pakistan earlier in 2015

Kumar Sangakkara left the international cricket arena on August 24, 2015 at the end of the second Test match against India at P Sara Oval in Colombo. He can easily be called the greatest batsman from Sri Lanka, and arguably even the best among those who made their debuts after the year 2000.

One of only five batsmen to score 12000 Test runs and fastest amongst all of them, Kumar Sangakkara played 134 Test matches which yielded 12400 runs at a strong average of 57.40. He scored 38 centuries and 52 fifties with a career best of 319. All the other four batsmen who scored more than 12000 runs played more than 150 Test matches.

Sangakkara's Test career

Mat

Inns

Runs

Ave

50s

100s

150s

200s

Best

Fours

Sixes

134

233

12400

57.4

52

38

19

11

319

1491

51

Kumar Sangakkara’s first in Tests:

First innings – 23 vs South Africa at Galle on July 20, 2000

First fifty – 74 vs South Africa at Durban on December 26, 2000

First hundred – 105* vs India at Galle on August 14, 2001

First double hundred – 230 vs Pakistan at Lahore on March 6, 2002

First triple hundred – 319 vs Bangladesh at Chittagong on February 4, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara’s last in Tests:

Last innings – 18 vs India at Colombo (PSS) on August 20, 2015

Last hundred – 230 vs New Zealand at Wellington on January 3, 2015

Kumar Sangakkara's distribution of Test runs - Opposition wise

Opposition

Mat

Inns

Runs

Ave

100s

50s

0s

HS

Australia

11

21

878

43.90

1

7

1

192

Bangladesh

15

21

1816

95.57

7

7

1

319

England

22

40

1568

40.20

3

9

3

152

India

17

28

1352

52.00

5

2

0

219

New Zealand

12

21

887

49.27

4

2

1

203

Pakistan

23

45

2911

74.64

10

12

2

230

South Africa

17

32

1534

47.93

3

7

2

287

West Indies

12

19

918

54.00

3

5

1

157*

Zimbabwe

5

6

536

89.33

2

1

0

270

Sangakkara has a batting average of at least 40 against all the oppositions.

Sangakkara has scored at least one 150 against all the oppositions.

Sangakkara scored the most against Pakistan (2911) and has the highest batting average against Bangladesh (95.57).

Kumar Sangakkara's distribution of Test runs - Country wise

Host

Mat

Inns

Runs

Ave

100s

50s

0s

HS

Australia

5

10

543

60.33

1

5

1

192

Bangladesh

6

10

783

78.30

2

4

1

319

England

11

22

862

41.04

2

5

0

147

India

6

10

365

36.50

1

0

0

137

New Zealand

6

11

549

61.00

3

0

0

203

Pakistan

5

9

695

86.87

3

3

0

230

South Africa

8

16

572

35.75

1

3

1

108

Sri Lanka

75

124

6830

60.44

22

25

8

287

UAE

6

12

682

62.00

2

4

0

211

West Indies

4

7

238

34.00

0

3

0

75

Zimbabwe

2

2

281

140.5

1

0

0

270

Except for West Indies, Kumar Sangakkara has scored Test centuries in each country he has played in.

Sangakkara averaged more than 60 in 7 of the 11 countries he played in – 60.33 in Australia, 78.30 in Bangladesh, 61.00 in New Zealand, 86.87 in Pakistan, 60.44 in Sri Lanka, 62.00 in UAE and 140.50 in Zimbabwe.

Kumar Sangakkara's Home vs Away record

Venue

Mat

Inns

Runs

Ave

100s

50s

0s

HS

Home

75

124

6830

60.44

22

25

8

287

Away

53

97

4888

53.13

14

23

3

319

Neutral

6

12

682

62.00

2

4

0

211

  • Sangakkara’s average is 60.44 in home Tests, but his away average of more than 53 is not bad.
Kumar Sangakkara's distribution of Test runs - Year by Year

Year

Mat

Inns

Runs

Ave

100s

50s

0s

HS

2000

4

7

174

24.85

0

1

0

74

2001

13

19

992

55.11

3

5

1

140

2002

9

16

708

50.57

1

3

0

230

2003

7

11

412

41.20

0

4

0

75

2004

11

20

1114

55.70

3

5

1

270

2005

9

14

422

32.46

1

0

1

157*

2006

11

20

1242

69.00

4

4

1

287

2007

7

9

968

138.28

4

2

0

222*

2008

6

11

434

39.45

1

3

0

144

2009

11

20

1083

57.00

4

5

0

137

2010

6

9

695

99.28

3

2

0

219

2011

11

21

1034

49.23

4

4

1

211

2012

10

19

767

51.13

2

3

4

199*

2013

3

6

512

85.33

3

2

0

142

2014

11

21

1438

71.90

4

8

1

319

2015

5

10

405

40.50

1

1

1

203

Sangakkara scored over 1000 runs in five years – 1114 in 2004, 1242 in 2006, 1083 in 2009, 1034 in 2011 and 1438 in 2014.

Sangakkara scored at least one century in each of his last 12 years from 2004 to 2015.

Sangakkara scored at least three centuries in eight different years.

Sangakkara averaged more than 50 in ten different years.

Sangakkara scored double centuries in eight different years.

Kumar Sangakkara's distribution of runs - innings wise

Innings

Inns

Runs

HS

Ave

100s

50s

0s

Team's 1st innings

133

7831

319

61.17

24

29

7

Team's 2nd innings

100

4569

211

51.92

14

23

4

Match's 1st innings

68

3633

319

55.04

11

16

4

Match's 2nd innings

65

4198

287

67.70

13

13

3

Match's 3rd innings

65

3406

211

56.76

12

17

1

Match's 4th innings

35

1163

192

41.53

2

6

3

Sangakkara averaged at least 50 in his teams’ both innings of the match.

Sangakkara averaged at least 55 in the first, second and third innings of the match.

Kumar Sangakkara's records in wins, losses and draws

Result

Mat

Inns

Runs

HS

Ave

100s

50s

0s

Won

54

84

5449

287

71.69

19

20

5

Lost

43

86

2938

203

34.97

5

14

4

Drawn

37

63

4013

319

71.66

14

18

2

Sangakkara averaged over 70 in Sri Lanka’s wins and draws and below 35 in Sri Lanka’s losses.

The numbers easily prove Sangakkara's legacy and greatness as a batsman. 

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