KUMAR SANGAKKARA

  • World Cup: Bharat Arun's hardwork shows in India's bowling resurgence 6 days ago

    Pride, anguish, elation, surprise and 100% success - these were the elements that went into the making of the first two quarterfinals in the 2015 World Cup. Bangladesh may have exited the stage, but they can go back with pride given the way they played in the mega event. They fought...
  • Watch: South Africa storm into semis, ICC World Cup, Day 30 highlights March 18, 2015

    South Africa stormed into the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday with a nine-wicket rout of Sri Lanka which brought the curtain down on the ODI careers of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. ...
  • World Cup: Twitter bids adieu to Sangakkara, Jayawardene March 18, 2015

    Sri Lankan greats Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene bid farewell to limited overs cricket on Wednesday, disappointed with a World Cup quarter-final defeat but happy that Sri Lanka were in a better place than when he came into the side in 2000. The elegant lefthander scored 45 runs against South Africa...
  • Not an ideal end but Sanga-Jaya had a memorable partnership March 18, 2015

    If they were a law firm, or chartered accountants, they would be called Jayawardene, Sangakkara & Associates. But, because they are merely a cricket team, they call themselves Sri Lanka. To say this is not to disrespect the other members who walk alongside Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, but rather...
  • Sachin Tendulkar lauds Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene March 18, 2015

    Sydney: Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar led the cricketing world in applauding Sri Lankan veterans Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who bowed out of ODIs today after their team's World Cup quarterfinal loss to South Africa here. Both Jayawardene and Sangakkara had announced that the World Cup would be their final ODI...
  • World Cup: South Africa rout Sri Lanka to break knockout jinx and reach semis March 18, 2015

    It was here, at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1992, that South Africa's World Cup hard luck story began. It was in the fitness of things that their World Cup knockout jinx ended at the same venue. An absurd rain rule had been responsible for South Africa being bundled out of...
  • Kumar Sangakkara joins World Cup 500 club March 18, 2015

    Sydney: Kumar Sangakkara became just the sixth player to score 500 runs at a World Cup when he reached five not out against South Africa in Wednesday's quarterfinal at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The 37-year-old left-hander came into this match on the back of a record run of four successive hundreds...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Kiran More reflects on the quarter-finals line-up March 18, 2015

    (Former India wicketkeeper and selector Kiran More, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for Cricketnext. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) The pool stages of the World Cup had delivered as it promised, with the...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Quarter-final March 18, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) It will be a highly-charged contest between two powerful batting line-ups as former champions Sri Lanka take on superbly talented but traditional under-performers South Africa in the first quarter-final of the cricket World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). In a quest...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa hope to shrug off 'chokers' tag against Sri Lanka March 17, 2015

    It's come down to this now; 12 days, 7 games and 3 victories stand between eight teams and the label of World Cup winners. After a prolonged period of foreplay that involved 42 games, cricket's pinnacle event has reached the business end, as it were. This is the point of...
  • ICC World Cup: The men who mattered in the pool stage March 17, 2015

    The pool stage of the ICC World Cup 2015 came to an end on Sunday. It provided a feast of big hitting and some exceptional bowling performances. There have been players who turned out to be one-match wonder but on the other end there have been stars who have performed...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka's road to quarter-finals March 17, 2015

    After an extensive phase of group stages that saw 42 matches in four weeks spread across 14 cities and two countries separated by sea, the cricket World Cup 2015 has reached the knockout stages. The quarter-finals will kick off on Wednesday with 1996 champion Sri Lanka battling against pre-tournament favourites South...
  • Sri Lanka vs South Africa: What to look for in the first World Cup quarterfinal March 17, 2015

    It's 50:50 in the last 16 ODIs played between South Africa and Sri Lanka, while Kumar Sangakkara is at the doorstep of a wicketkeeping landmark. Here's what to look for in the first quarter-final of the 2015 ICC World Cup on Wednesday: 1. Seven of the last eight one-day internationals between...
  • World Cup 2015: De Villiers, Sangakkara battle for top batting spot March 16, 2015

    Melbourne: AB de Villiers of South Africa and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka have brought their battle for the coveted No.1 spot in the ICC rankings for One-Day International (ODI) batsmen to Sydney where the two will go head-to-head in the first quarter-final of the cricket World Cup on Wednesday. De...
  • ICC World Cup: 35 centuries in pool stage, better than any edition March 16, 2015

    Adelaide: The opening round of the World Cup witnessed 35 centuries compared to just six in the entire 1975 tournament, seemingly proving once and for all that one-day cricket is a batsman's game. Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara heads the list of century makers, smashing four consecutive hundreds to become the first...
  • Mahela Jayawardene enjoying his last World Cup March 16, 2015

    So dominant has Sri Lanka's batting been in this World Cup that Mahela Jayawardene has batted just twice in the last four games. Having started with a duck against New Zealand in the tournament opener on February 14, Jayawardene made an even 100 against Afghanistan, a crucial knock given Sri...
  • ICC World Cup: Sanath Jayasuriya hails 'unbelievable' Kumar Sangakkara March 16, 2015

    Sydney: Sri Lanka great Sanath Jayasuriya has said he would love Kumar Sangakkara to go back on his decision to quit one-day internationals after the World Cup after witnessing his "unbelievable" batting feats during the tournament. The Islanders head into their quarter-final against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground on...
  • World Cup 2015: Tillakaratne Dilshan to remain Sri Lanka's guiding light March 16, 2015

    The pressure will be on former captain Tillakaratne Dilshan to continue to play a pivotal role for Sri Lanka when he loses his prolific batting partner after the World Cup. Kumar Sangakkara, the second highest run-getter in one-day internationals behind Sachin Tendulkar, will retire from the 50-over format after the tournament...
  • Asia quartet defy convention at ICC World Cup 2015 March 16, 2015

    Co-hosts Australia and New Zealand may be the teams to beat, but the striking feature of this World Cup is Asia's four Test nations defying conventional wisdom to make the quarter-finals. The belief that Asian cricketers struggle on the hard, bouncy wickets Down Under was thrown out of the window as...
  • World Cup: Sangakkara and Dilshan have been fantastic, says Jayasuriya March 15, 2015

    Alongside little Romesh Kaluwitharana, Sanath Jayasuriya redefined the manner in which the first 15 overs were approached in One-Day International cricket. During the 1992 World Cup, Mark Greatbatch had shown the way by hitting fearlessly over the top when the field restrictions were in place at the start of the...
  • World Cup 2015: Sangakkara driving Sri Lanka in the fast lane March 13, 2015

    Hobart: Just as the sun was beginning to rise on the eastern horizon, the beautiful port city of Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the only island state in Australia, welcomed a majestic, unexpected visitor. Voyager Of The Seas, a giant of a cruise ship with 14 decks, a passenger capacity...
  • Watch: The Sanga juggernaut rolls on to maul the Scots, ICC World Cup, Day 25 Highlights March 12, 2015

    Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara's world record fourth ODI hundred in a row is the talk of the town in Australia and New Zealand, and it makes Scotland suffer. Watch the Day 25 highlights from the ICC World Cup 2015 It's all about one man on today's #CWCDaily. Plus we speak...
  • World Cup 2015: Is Sangakkara the best ODI batsman wicketkeeper? March 11, 2015

    Kumar Sangakkara on Wednesday became the first man in the history of one-day cricket to hit four consecutive centuries. ...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka skipper begs Sangakkara not to quit March 11, 2015

    Hobart: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said Wednesday that he has gone down on his knees to beg record-breaking batsman Kumar Sangakkara not to quit after the World Cup. Sangakkara, 37, will call time on his ODI career at the end of the tournament but he is still in a rich...
  • World Cup: Sangakkara's Sri Lanka go No 2 in Pool A after Scottish job March 11, 2015

    Hobart: You could almost see the century coming, from the time Kumar Sangakkara strode out to the middle. Lahiru Thirimanne batted as if he had just woken up from a nightmare, the white cricket ball treated with suspicious apprehension, if not a little dread. And it wasn't as if the ball...
  • World Cup: Sangakkara first man to score four consecutive ODI tons March 11, 2015

    Sri Lanka's milestone man Kumar Sangakkara continues to grow taller in stature playing his best cricket towards the fag end of his career, with batting records falling to his feet at the ongoing ICC World Cup 2015. With his 124 in Sri Lanka's last Pool A match against Scotland, Sangakkara became...
  • As it happened: Scotland vs Sri Lanka, World Cup, Match 35, Pool A March 11, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) It's been a horribly wretched World Cup campaign for Sri Lanka thus far. Yes, they are already in the quarter-finals, Bangladesh's emotional victory against England at the Adelaide Oval formalising the 1996 champions' presence in the quarter-finals, and they are playing pretty decent...
  • World Cup: Injury-hit Sri Lanka meet Scotland in dead Pool A match March 10, 2015

    Hobart: It's been a horribly wretched World Cup campaign for Sri Lanka thus far. Yes, they are already in the quarter-finals, Bangladesh's emotional victory against England at the Adelaide Oval formalising the 1996 champions' presence in the quarter-finals, and they are playing pretty decent cricket, but the quarter-final slot has come...