Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka’s vetertan batsman recently became the fastest man to score 12000 runs in Test Cricket. He overtook the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid. Along with that, Sangakkara also scored his 11th doube ton in Test match cricket which is just one short of the the greatest of them all, Sir Don Bradman.
When we call Kumar Sangakkara as the great Sri Lankan batsman of all time, when his records suggest that he is the world’s best Test batsman. Scoring 12000 runs in Test cricket was once considered a dream which Brian Lara almost got close to. Sachin Tendulkar broke his record and went on to become the leading run scorer in Test cricket. However, Sachin Tendulakar took 200 matches for the record. My question to all cricket fans is simple. What if Brian Lara had played 200 matches? Ok, forget Lara, what if today’s present Kumar Sangakkara play 200 Test matches. His average in Test cricket is 58 which surpasses the greats like Sachin, Ponting and Kallis comfortably.
Why is that Kumar Sangakkara is so underrated? Because he has been a flat track bully and scored runs only in the subcontinent? Ok, If I agree to the fans point of view, scoring runs in subcontinent was even possible for Sachin and Dravid but wasn’t Kumar Sangakkara consistent of scoring tons and tons of runs, be it in subcontinent conditions? There is absoultely no hatred against Sachin or others, but what Kumar Sangakkara has acheived in Test match cricket, I am afraid he won’t be able to get that kind of recognition which Sachin Tendulkar got.
In cricket, when people say greatest batsman of all time? Some say Don Bradman, some would say Sachin Tendulkar, few of them would say Brian Lara. I want to add another option to this list and I would say “Kumar Sangakkara”. His dedication to cricket and a gentlemanly approach to the game makes him different from others. I don’t think he would go on and play 200 Test matches but if he ever did, he would easily and with a huge margin beat Sachin Tendulkar’s record of the highest Test runs.