Sri Lanka’s stalwart Kumar Sangakkara on March 11th, 2015 created ODI and World Cup history in a match against Scotland at Hobart. Let us check out the records that he created during his magnificent innings of 124:
–> Sangakkara became the first batsmen to score four consecutive hundreds in the single edition of the World Cup. The batsmen who have hit three consecutive hundreds in a single edition are as follows:
1. Matthew Hayden (Australia) – 2007 World Cup
2. Sourav Ganguly (India) – 2003 World Cup
3. Mark Waugh (Australia) – 1996 World Cup
–> He also became the first batsman to score the most consecutive ODI hundreds(4). The batsmen who have hit three consecutive ODI hundreds are as follows:
1. Zaheer Abbas (Pakistan): 1982-83
2. Saeed Anwar (Pakistan): 1993
3. Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa): 2002
4. AB de Villiers (South Africa): 2010
5. Quinton de Kock (South Africa): 2013
6. Ross Taylor (New Zealand): 2014
-> With the innings of 124, Sangakkara now has a total of five World Cup hundreds and is just behind Indian Legend Sachin Tendulkar, who has six World Cup hundreds.
–> Angelo Mathews recorded the fastest fifty by a Sri Lankan in World Cup off just 20 balls(against Scotland). Before Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal held this record when he scored a fifty of 22 balls against Australia in Sydney in the same World Cup.
-> Mathews’s 50 off just 20 balls is also the second fastest fifty in ICC World Cup 2015 with New Zealand skipper and swashbuckling batsman Brendon McCullum leading the charts with a fifty of just 18 balls against England at Wellington.