Kumar Sangakkara rewrites record books
Kumar Sangakkara scored 319 in the first innings and 105 in the second innings in the second Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong © AFP
By Sudatta Mukherjee
Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara on Friday went on to become the fourth player to score 400 runs in a Test match. Not only that, Sangakkara become the second player to score a triple century and century in the same Test match. However, apart from those two majestic feats, Sangakkara, achieved about four more feats in the second Test against Bangladesh.
Here are the six feats in a nutshell —
1. Fourth player to score 400 runs in a Test – Sangakkara scored his highest individual score of 319 in the first innings of the second Test against Bangladesh. Little did anyone expect him to go on to score another 81 runs and achieve the feat. With that he also became the first Sri Lankan to score 400 runs in a Test match.
2. Third highest individual scorer in a Test match – After scoring the 81, Sangakkara went on to overtake Brian Lara’s score of 400 in a Test match. Sangakkara reached the milestone with a four of Mahmudullah.
3. Second player to score triple hundred and hundred in the same Test – Graham Gooch was the only player till now to have scored 300 and 100 in the same Test. In 1990 at Lord’s against India, Gooch went on to score 333 in the first innings. In the second innings, he scored 123 before he was Sanjeev Sharma. Sangakkara smashed a six off Sohag Gazi to reach his century and become the second player to achieve the feat.
4. Joint fourth-highest number of sixes in a match – Sangakkara became the fourth player to hit the highest number of sixes in a match. Wasim Akram tops the table. Akram achieved this when he had smashed 12 sixes against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura Stadium in Pakistan in 1996. Nathan Astle, Matthew Hayden follows Akram. Among Sri Lankan batsmen, Sangakkara tops the chart not only in a match (10) but also in an innings with eight sixes.
5. Only batsman with to score 40 fours and 10 sixes — Sangakkara is the only batsman to have scored 4 fours and 10 sixes in a Test match. He smashed a four to reach 81, when he reached the 400 runs milestone and smashed a six to reach his century. Sangakkara hit the highest number of sixes in the match against Shakib Al Hasan. He smashed five sixes off Shakib’s bowling. Most of his fours came against Sohag Gazi, who took his wicket. He hit 13 fours off Gazi.
6. Third-most runs in boundaries in a match – After Graham Gooch and John Edrich, Sangakkara become the third batsman to score most runs with boundaries with his 232 runs. While Gooch’s 266 came against India and Edrich’s 238 against New Zealand at Leeds in 1965. Sangakkara went past VVS Laxman’s 224 against Australia in the epic Kolkata Test in 2001.
Apart from the above mentioned, Sangakkara is now the Sri Lankan batsman with most runs in a Test match with his 424.
He has also scored the most number of centuries for his country (35). It also makes him the fifth-most prolific century-scorer in history.
Sangakkara also holds the highest Test average for Sri Lankans with 58.07. Among non-wicket-keepers, of course, he is on another plane with an average of 69.86 — the best after Sir Don Bradman for anyone with over a thousand Test runs.
(Sudatta Mukherjee is a reporter with CricketCountry. Other than writing on cricket, she spends penning random thoughts on her blog and produces weekly posts on new food joints at Whopping Weekends. She played Table Tennis for University of Calcutta. When she is not writing, you will catch her at a movie theatre or watching some English serial on her laptop. Her Twitter id is @blackrosegal)