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Kumar Sangakkara's overseas Test records

Kumar Sangakkara, fondly regarded as one of the best ever batsmen to ever grace the game hung his boots in the second Test match against India. However, the elegant left-handed batsman would have loved to walk away with a win but it wasn’t to be as India defeated the hosts by a huge margin of 278 runs. Sangakkara who had just one half-century in 2015 failed to make any impact in his farewell series as Ashwin was his tormentor throughout the Series. However, this is just a slip towards the end of his career as every cricketer goes through.

Kumar Sangakkara, over the years, has been a huge contributor to Sri Lankan cricket both in home and away conditions. Having an inconsistent start to his Test career as everyone does, Sangakkara worked hard on his technique and the mental aspect of the game. He reaped more success later in his career compared to his early phase. 

Kumar Sangakkara made his debut against South Africa in July 2000 and things didn’t go well for the left-hander as one would have expected. After struggling in the couple of series earlier in his career Kumar Sangakkara showed promise as a Test batsman during the tour of South Africa in 2000. He countered the bouncy conditions to perfection and scored a fine 74 against a dominant South African attack. A Test match century eluded Sangakkara very early in his career as he missed out on couple of occasions against South Africa and England.

Sangakkara’s first Test century came after a year since he made his Test debut against India at Galle which Sri Lanka went on to win comfortably by 10 wickets. From then on Sangakkara’s career graph was moving only upwards and he reaped rewards for his consistency and application to batting. His first double century (230) came against Pakistan in the year 2002 at Lahore. Followed by his 230 at Lahore his next Test double century (270) came in an away Test match against Zimbabwe in the year 2004 at Bulawayo.

Sangakkara has been particularly dominant in New Zealand having 3 Test centuries including a double century. Sangakkara has also been mighty impressive on Australian pitches maintaining an excellent average of 60. However, Sangakkara has been average by his standards especially in Indian wickets as he has only one century with a moderate average of 34.

Below is the table of Kumar Sangakkara’s overseas records: 

S.no

Opposition

Runs

Matches

Average

50’s/100’s

1

England

862

11

41.05

5/2

2

Bangladesh

783

6

78.30

4/2

3

Pakistan

695

5

86.88

3/3

4

UAE

682

6

62.00

4/2

5

South Africa

572

8

35.75

3/1

6

New Zealand

549

6

61.00

0/3

7

Australia

543

5

60.33

5/1

8

India

365

6

36.50

0/1

9

Zimbabwe

281

2

140.50

0/1

10

West Indies

238

4

34.00

3/0

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