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Kumar Sangakkara has a triple and a double ton in 2014 © Getty Images

Sept 3, 2014

Kumar Sangakkara was rewarded by Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) as the people’s player of the year for his phenomenal batting feats in 2014. The former Sri Lankan captain started his year with a triple-hundred, his first in his career, against Bangladesh. Limited overs made Sri Lanka reach new heights with Sangakkara leading the way in the Asia Cup and ICC World T20 2014 trophies. Sri Lankans won their maiden Test series win in England as well and went on to win the bilateral One-Day Internationals (ODI) too. The story didn’t end there as he scored a double hundred against Pakistan too.

Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews bagged the ODI awards at the Sri Lanka Cricket Awards 2014. Malinga has been the leading wicket-taker in the 50-over format with 29 wickets. His fellow teammate Ajantha Mendis is third on the list.

In batting, Sangakkara has 728 innings in 18 innings but it was Angelo Mathews who bagged the best batsman award with 723 runs in 20 innings. Mathews also bagged the best all-rounder award. The Lankan skipper has 11 wickets to his name.

Sri Lankans overall have been on a roll topping mo9st of the batting and bowling charts across formats. Mathews in particular is having a memorable year after winning the best Test batsman award and now two ODI awards.