The Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan said Kumara Sangakkara would be the batsman all other teams feared at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after the left-hander made his third successive hundred on Sunday.

Sangakkara’s superb 104 run haul against the mighty Australians in Sydney saw him become the first batsman to score hundreds in three consecutive World Cup innings.

In Kumara Sangakkara, Sri Lanka have the number one One Day International batsman in the world at the moment, Muralitharan wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) website.

You can talk all about players like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers or Glenn Maxwell –- and all of them have played superbly in this tournament — but Sanga is the man all other sides will fear most of all, added Muralitharan, a key member of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup winning team. Sanga’s feat of scoring three World Cup hundreds in a row is incredible and his ability to score at better than a run-a-ball without appearing to take risks is exceptional. As this is his last World Cup he looks like a man on a mission, said the off-spin legend of the 37 year old Sangakkara.

Despite Sangakkara’s latest century, Sri Lanka suffered a 64-run defeat by Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground as they just ran out of steam trying to chase down a huge target of 377.

Muralitharan said the blame lay with the balance of the side and urged Sri Lanka to include an extra bowler.

Sri Lanka, still on course for the quarter-finals, conclude their pool programme against Scotland in Hobart on Wednesday.

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