WELLINGTON – Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara past Adam Gilchrist here as he effected maximum number (474) of dismissals as a wicketkeeper.
The 37-year-old Sangakkara was already the joint highest with Australian Gilchrist before this game, but now holds the record solo after his two catches in the ODI against New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium.
South African Mark Boucher (424) and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (314) are behind Gilchrist in most number of dismissals in ODIs.
Left-handed batsman Sangakkara also became the highest run-scorer for his country in ODIs, reaching 13,434 runs to surpass former captain and opener Sanath Jayasuriya. Sangakkara scored 113 to register his 21st century.
Now, Sangakkara is only behind India’s Sachin Tendulkar (18,426) and Australian Ricky Ponting (13704) in the list of highest run-scorers in the 50-over format.
Sangakkara is a Sri Lankan international cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lankan national team. A left-handed top-order batsman, for much of his career he also played as a wicket-keeper, although he no longer keeps wicket at Test level.
Along with AB de Villiers, he has dominated the number one spot in the ICC Test batting rankings over the past decade. As of January 2015, Kumar Sangakkara is placed at number 1 in ICC test rankings.
Sangakkara was a key member of the team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the team that made the final of 2007 Cricket World Cup, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20.
He won man of the match award in 2014 ICC World Twenty20 finals, where helped the team for their first twenty20 title.
Sangakkara captained the national team from 2009 to 2011, stepping down after the 2011 ICC World Cup final. The same year, he was named the ODI Cricketer of the Year at the ICC awards ceremony. In 2012, he was honoured as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
Sangakkara is described as one of the “most polished and prudent of batsmen” in cricket.
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