Monday, January 05, 2015

Kumar Sangakkara is just one Test double century behind Don Bradman

Scoring 203 in the first innings of the second Test against New Zealand, Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara has bagged his 11th Test double century. He is just one double century behind Australian legend Don Bradman for the most double centuries.
He played the most important role with the bat. Thanks to his triple figure, Sri Lanka could score 356 runs losing all wickets and gave the host a 135-run lead.
The 37-year-old player will take retirement cricket ODI after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 which will kick off in February.
On day one of the five-day Test match, he became the fastest player to reach 12000 Test runs. Before the start of the match, Sangakkara had 11,995 runs beside his name. It took him 224th innings to achieve that feat. India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Australia’s Ricky Ponting were previous record holder. Both these two batsmen needed 247 innings to reach the milestone.

He is the fifth player of this elite club. Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run getter with 15,921 runs. He is followed by Ricky Ponting (13,378), Jacques Kallis (13,289) and Rahul Dravid (13,288).