Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 1st Quarter-Final, ICC World Cup 2015

All eyes will be on Kumar Sangakkara when Sri Lanka face South Africa in the quarter-finals of ICC World Cup 2015 here at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) tomorrow (March 18, Wednesday).
Sangakkara has been in great batting form, constructing four hundreds on the trot, a record in the history of One Day Internationals
Now, the 37-year-old will be hoping to go further and make it five in five in his final World Cup. If he does that, he will match batting legend Sachin Tendulkar’s World Cup record of most number of hundreds – 6. So far, Sangakkara has 5 World Cup tons, joint second with Australia’s Ricky Ponting. Sangakkara has achieved this in 4 World Cups. Tendulkar played in a joint record of 6 World Cups from 1992 to 2011. South Africa captain AB de Villiers and his men will be working out plans to stop Sangakkara tomorrow. If he stays true to his form, the Proteas’ record of not winning a knockout game in World Cup ever will remain. When this World Cup started, many thought no batsman could come closer to Tendulkar’s mark of 6 hundreds. However, Sangakkara has proved it wrong. The wicketkeeper-batsman is also the first batsman in World Cup history to register 4 three-figure marks in a single tournament. Can he emulate Tendulkar on Wednesday?

Most World Cup hundreds 6 – Sachin Tendulkar (44 innings) 5 – Kumar Sangakkara (34), Ricky Ponting (42) 4 – AB de Villiers (21), Sourav Ganguly (21), Mark Waugh (22), Tillakaratne Dilshan (24), Mahela Jayawardene (33)


Adam Gilchrist praises Sangakkara with hilarious tweet

Former Australian batting star Adam Gilchrist recognized wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara’s record-breaking One-Day International (ODI) cricket deeds with a hilarious tweet.

On Wednesday, the Sri Lankan legend turned into the first batsman to record four successive hundreds in One-Day International (ODI) cricket with a 124-run thump against Scotland in a World Cup coordinate in Hobart.

Later amid Scotland’s pursuit, Sangakkara turned into the first man to impact 500 ODI releases. He likewise passed Gilchrist’s record of 52 World Cup dismissals. After Sangakkara’s points of interest, the Aussie praised the World Cup’s top scorer, yet in a clever manner. “I scored 4 100’s consecutively once…shame it was on the golf course! Congratulations on 500+ WC record and runs,runs,runs #legend,” Gilchrist composed on Twitter. The 37-year-old Sangakkara likewise turned into the first batsman to score four centuries in a World Cup and ODI competition. Sangakkara crushed 124 against Scotland in Hobart taking after prior scores of 105 not out against Bangladesh, 117 not out against England and 104 against Australia. Before the end of the match, he had taken 41 gets and made 13 stumpings in World Cups. Gilchrist had 45 gets and seven stumpings in 31 World Cup matches (Sangakkara was playing his 36th). Left-hander Sangakkara is likewise the main run scorer in the continuous super occasion with 496 runs in only six amusements with a stunning normal of 124. This World Cup will be the last ODI task for Sangakkara.


World Cup: Kumar Sangakkara creates history with 4th successive century

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara created One Day International cricket history today at the Bellerive Oval during their ICC World Cup 2015 Pool A match against Scotland.

In the history of 3,631 ODIs before today, no batsman had scored 4 successive centuries. But on Wednesday, Sangakkara became the first ever batsman to achieve the feat. He brought up the historic ton, in 86 balls, with a couple on the last ball of the 34th over by Kyle Coetzer. This was Sangakkara’s 25th ODI ton in 403rd match.

Going into the match with three consecutive tons at World Cup, which is also a new record, Sangakkara continued his dream run with the willow. Sangakkara’s four hundreds in World Cup so far are – 105 not out Vs Bangladesh, 117 not out Vs England, 104 Vs Australia and 124 today.

Previously there have been batsmen registering three-figures scores in 3 innings in a row. But never 4 in 4. Opting to bat first after having won the toss, Sri Lanka were put on track for a big total by the 37-year-old Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who also hit a hundred.

Playing in his final World Cup, Sangakkara has decided to bow out on a high. His batting exploits in the tournament have been outstanding. He is also the first batsman to hit 4 centuries in a single World Cup. He now has overall 5 tons in World Cups, joint second with Ricky Ponting (Australia). Sachin Tendulkar has most World Cup centuries with 6.


Kumar Sangakkara to retire after India Test series in August

Expert Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara on Sunday said he will resign from Test cricket “before the end of August” when Sri Lanka has India in a three-match arrangement.

The 37-year-old wicketkeeper has effectively reported retirement from One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty-20 cricket.

Sangakkara to resign from Tests in Aug

He quit the most brief configuration in the wake of winning the World T20 2014. He will stop ODI cricket post the progressing World Cup.

“There are Test coordinates in June and July, and I will be carried out before the end of August. An arrangement or two in June and in August, and that is it,” left-given Sangakkara was cited as saying by espncricinfo.

In 130 Tests, Sangakkara has 12,203 runs, which makes him the fifth most noteworthy scorer. Just Sachin Tendulkar (15,921), Ricky Ponting (13,378), Jacques Kallis (13,289) and Rahul Dravid (13,288) are above him in the world class list.

Sangakkara has likewise scored 38 centuries and 51 half-hundreds of years.

In the progressing World Cup, Sangakkara has been in top structure, hitting successive unbeaten tons driving into the Australia match.

The previous skipper said it was essential for both him and the group to manufacture force as the competition advances.

“I don’t know whether I am top of my diversion, I simply bat as per circumstances. Amid the (first) New Zealand visit, it was the same thing, I didn’t have a decent begin in the first ODI yet from the second it was only an instance of expanding on runs,” said Sangakkara, an individual from the group for past three World Cups.

“(For the group) it has gone really well up to now. Again a moderate begin, a bit unsteady against Afghanistan, yet really great in the last two diversions. It’s only an instance of attempting to guarantee that we set up a decent execution each time we go out and continue progressing.”

The World Cup will likewise be an alternate previous captain Mahela Jayawardene’s last worldwide task, and the pair’s takeoff will leave a major opening in Sri Lanka’s batting.

“It’s a bit antiquated to surmise that senior players just have such a great amount to give. You play your best cricket for your nation and do the best for your side and at times youthful players don’t require as much help as individuals think they do. They require a tad bit of opportunity, a touch of adoration, a touch of consideration, and they’ll perform extremely well,” Sangakkara said.

The players reserved to venture into their shoes are Lahiru Thirimanne, a left-hander like Sangakkara, and Dinesh Chandimal.

“Whatever they have to learn, the majority of them will ask and learn, or watch and learn, they’ll stop for a moment to talk with you. Anyway whatever you bring to the table may not be of profit to a more youthful player.

“Possibly they need something else, perhaps they are sufficient and their viewpoints are superior to yours. Learning is a two-way road, you gain from them and also youthful players gaining from you,” he said.

“The best thing as a senior cricketer you can do is to hold your spot in the side and draw your own weight and score runs in case you’re a batsman, and on the off chance that you are a bowler carry out the employment that is needed of you.

“That is the most ideal way you can help the group or any young person. The length of you are there and you are doing something valuable, they’ll advantage.”


WC 2015: Super Sangakkara scores a hat-trick of hundreds

Expert Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara pummeled his third continuous century of the progressing ICC World Cup Down Under against hosts Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. This is the first run through in history that a batsman has scored three consecutive hundreds at the World Cup.

Sangakkara, who drove a Sri Lankan fightback against the Australians who had set them a mammoth focus of 377 in 50 overs, had scored two unbeaten hundreds of years in his side’s past two matches, against Bangladesh (105*) at Melbourne and England (117*) at Wellington.

The left-gave batsman, who is playing his last World Cup, was at last rejected by James Faulkner in the match against Australia. Sangakkara had by then amassed 326 runs off 269 balls in three matches.

Sangakkara additionally got to be Sri Lanka’s driving scorer (1363 toward the end of the Australia match) in the World Cup, obscuring Sanath Jayasuriya (1165).

The 37-year-old batsman additionally equalled his associate Mahela Jayawardena to score the most number of hundreds of years (four) for Sri Lanka in World Cup.