“I’ve been on my knees asking Kumar (Sangakkara) not to retire but we have to respect his wishes because we are thankful for all the times he has represented the country,” said Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews after his side’s win against Scotland on Wednesday.

Any captain would do that and it’s tough to believe that Kumar Sangakkara wouldn’t be playing One-Day cricket after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He is batting the best he ever has and is currently the highest run-getter in this World Cup.

On Wednesday, Sangakkara became the first player in One-Day International (ODI) cricket history to score four consecutive hundreds in the format and what an occasion he chose for that – the grandest stage of all, the World Cup. He also became the first batsman to register four hundreds in a single World Cup event. Sangakkara kept tumbling records, as he became the first man to effect 500 dismissals in the format, and also surpassed Adam Gilchrist’s record of most World Cup dismissals as a wicket-keeper. (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Points Table)

Let’s have a look at some of the many feats achieved by Sri Lanka’s greatest ever batsman:

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Designed by Rajaram Kelkar | Infographics by Suvajit Mustafi

(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sportsmarketer , strategist, entrepreneur,  philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully and rivu7)