Prolific left hander Kumar Sangakkara has made up his mind that the ICC World Twenty20 2014 will be his last appearance for Sri Lanka in the T20s. Sangakkara has been consistent across all three formats of cricket – Test matches, one-day internationals and T20s. He has played 50 T20 matches and scored 1,311 runs with an average of 32.77 at a remarkable strike rate of 120.82. We decided to dip in the past and recap his five best T20 performances till date.
At number one is his destructive knock of 78 not out from just 37 balls. This came against the Indians at Nagpur in 2009. Sangakkara made merry of Indian bowlers and hammered them, hitting 11 fours and two sixes as well. He was instrumental in setting up Sri Lankan win that night.
At number two is 69 runs off 50 balls vs New Zealand at Colombo in 2009. Even by the T20 standards this innings of Sangakkara was touch slower, but he managed to keep the scoreboard ticking with no major support from the other end. Despite Sangakkara’s effort Sri Lanka lost the game.
At number three is 59 runs off 31 balls vs India at Punjab in 2009. He seemed to be in good nick and continued to slaughter Indian bowlers, this knock helped Sri Lanka to put up a big score on board but lost the game as India successfully chased down the target of 207.
At number four is unbeaten 55 off 42 balls which came against Australia while chasing. He paced his innings well and made sure Sri Lanka successfully chase down the target of 160 with one over to spare.
And the last but not the least, at number 5, in the final of 2009 World T20, Kumar Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 64 off 52 balls against Pakistan. None of the other Lankan batsmen turned up to play well on the big occasion. It was Sangakkara’s lone effort that gave Sri Lanka a respectable score but eventually Pakistan went on to win the final.
Kumar Sangakkara is the ambassador of sophisticated batting all over world and he has decided to continue playing franchise based T20 cricket.