Kumar Sangakkara is 24 runs behind Brian Lara after playing the first innings of the second Test against Pakistan © Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara is 24 runs away from equalling Brian Lara after playing the first innings of the second Test against Pakistan © Getty Images

Aug 16, 2014

By R Vishal

Recently adjudged as the world’s premier Test batsman, Kumar Sangakkara is on the cusp of adding yet another feather to his cap as he needs only 25 runs to go past Brian Lara’s run tally and slot his name at No 5 in the all-time top Test run-scorers list. The 36-year old also has the 12,000 run mark in his sights as he is only 71 short of the landmark.

The 12,000 club has only four other names with only Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid crossing the figure. If Sangakkara manages to go past it, he will be the first Sri Lankan to be a part of this elite club. Interestingly, the former Sri Lankan captain will also be the first left-hander in the game’s history to achieve this.

The Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo has witnessed many of Sangakkara’s marathon feats with the bat and it would be fitting he can bring it up in the venue. His friend and one half of the Sri Lankan savage duo, Mahela Jayawardene bows out of Test cricket after the ongoing Test and it could be quite the fitting tribute to him.

Having had a phenomenal calendar year of 2014, Sangakkara has a triple-hundred , a double hundred (Which he brought up in the first Test in Galle) and masterminded Sri Lanka’s Test series win  in England. Recently, the doyen of Sri Lankan cricket was hoisted to the summit of the Test rankings for his Bradman-esque form. While Sangakkara missed out on the first innings, one can’t rule the southpaw out from getting to 12,000 mark against the team that he averages in the 80s.

Player  Team  Runs 
Sachin Tendulkar India 15,921
Ricky Ponting Australia 13,378
Jacques Kallis South Africa 13,289
Rahul Dravid India 13,288
Brian Lara West Indies 11,953
*Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 11,929

*Scores updated after Sangakkara’s 1st innings against Pakistan in 2nd Test.

(R Vishal is a journalist and alumnus of Asian College of Journalism. He can be followed on Twitter @vishhell)