Monday, April 17, 2017

Sangakkara "The Run Machine"

Credits - Getty Images | Charlie Crowehurst



Since his knocks of 71 against Warwickshire & 46, 136 against Lancashire Sangakkara inching towards 20,000 First-Class runs. Among Sri Lankans, Former Sussex & Lancashire Opener Gehan Mendis leads the top run scorers list with more than 21,000 runs. Before this year county championship, Sangakkara had 19420 runs on board and since then he passed following players.




















Sangakkara's 136 came against Lancashire when Surrey were following on before they crumbled more or less than 150 runs of Lancashire's first innings total. Thanks to Kumar Sangakkara and Scott Borthwick, Surrey survived with a healthy second innings total. Sanga scored his 57th First-Class ton and equaled Peter Kirsten. Lets have a look of players who have scored 56 First-Class tons.


Laurie Fishlock | 1931-1952
Arthur Milton | 1948-1974
Alan Jones | 1957-1983
Alistair Cook | 2003-2016/17
Younis Khan | 1998/99-2016/17


When considering all formats including T20s Sangakkara is the third highest run scorer ever. Indian Great "The God" Sachin leads with 50,192 runs and Pakistani great, Zaheer Abbas is second with 46,083 runs. By the way Sanga is not that far behind. He needs 1,529 runs to pass the "Asian Bradman". Kumar Sangakkara also needs 6 tons to reach 100 centuries in professional cricket career. Only 36 players achieved this feat before. 


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