Kumar Sangakkara bags ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award’
Kumar Sangakkara (left) with his award for Outstanding Achievement in Sport with Gary Lineker during The Asian Awards 2015 at London.

It has been a dream couple of years for Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara in the international cricket circuit. He was also prolific for Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with four back to back centuries, becoming the first batsman in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) history to achieve the feat.

Sangakkara for his numerous accomplishments throughout his distinguished career was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution to Sport at the fifth Annual Asian Awards held in London on April 17, Friday. The 37-year old southpaw became the second Sri Lankan to win the award after Muttiah Muralitharan, who won it in 2011.

After receiving the award from former England footballer Gary Lineker, Sangakkara took to Twitter to express his delight.

The Asian Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievements across 11 categories from across the international Asian community, supporting Prince Charles’ charity ‘The British Asian Trust’ in this edition.

Previous year, Indian skipper MS Dhoni was the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Sport award, while legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar won it in the inaugural edition in 2010.

Sangakkara recently retired from international ODI cricket, following a successful career in which he played 130 Tests, 404 ODIs and 56 Twenty20 (T20) internationals. After retiring from limited-overs format, the Sri Lankan will continue playing Test matches and probably hang up his boots in August.