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Sangakkara fastest to 8000 Test runs

Last updated on: August 6, 2010 21:06 IST

Second Sri Lankan to achieve the feat

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Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara became the fastest to reach the 8,000-mark in Test cricket, during the Sri Lankan second innings on day three of the third and Test against India in Colombo, on Thursday.

Sangakkara took 152 innings to accomplish this feat -- two less than Sachin Tendulkar.

He reached the milestone in the last over of the third day, becoming the second Sri Lankan after Mahela Jayawardene.

Fastest to 8000-run mark:

Batsman

Inns

KC Sangakkara (SL)

152

SR Tendulkar (Ind)

154

GS Sobers (WI)

157

R Dravid (Ind)

158

Javed Miandad (Pak)

162

ML Hayden (Aus)

164

BC Lara (WI)

164

RT Ponting (Aus)

165

DPMD Jayawardene (SL)

165

SM Gavaskar (Ind)

166

IVA Richards (WI)

167

JH Kallis (SA)

170

Statistics: Rajneesh Gupta

Photographs: Reuters


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Most successful against Zimbabwe and Pakistan

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Sangakkara has done well against all the Test playing nations, but he has been particularly successful against Zimbabwe and Pakistan, against whom he averages 89.33 and 77.29 respectively.

Sangakkara along with Mahela Jayawardene also shares the partnership record of 624 runs for the third wicket against South Africa.

In his illustrious career, he has scored 23 centuries and 33 half-centuries. He also has five double centuries in his kitty.

A look at his Test career.

Performance against each country:

Opponent

Mts

Inns

Runs

Hs

Avg

100

50

v Australia

6

12

503

192

41.91

1

3

v Bangladesh

11

14

876

222*

73.00

2

5

v England

15

26

1007

152

40.28

1

6

v India

15

24

1241

219

59.09

5

2

v New Zealand

8

14

651

156*

59.18

3

2

v Pakistan

10

19

1314

230

77.29

5

5

v South Africa

12

22

1182

287

53.72

2

5

v West Indies

9

15

690

157*

49.28

2

4

v Zimbabwe

5

6

536

270

89.33

2

1

Overall

91

152

8000

287

55.88

23

33

 


Image: Kumar Sangakkara with Mahela Jayawardene

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Sangakkara leads from the front

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Sangakkara's batting record has got better, ever since he has taken over the captaincy. Though still in his early days of captaincy, he averages 72.70 in his eight Tests, with five centuries and three half-centuries.

As a player, he averages a staggering 54.99 from 80 Tests, which has 18 centuries and 30 half-centuries.

Sangakkara has enjoyed more success at No 3 position, where he has scored the maximum runs in his career, scoring 22 of his 23 centuries at an average of 60.38.

Performance at home and away:

Mts

Inns

Runs

Hs

Avg

100

50

Home

52

82

4684

287

63.29

15

16

Away

39

70

3316

270

50.24

8

17

Performance as player and captain:

Mts

Inns

Runs

Hs

Avg

100

50

as a player

80

132

6764

287

54.99

18

30

as a captain

11

20

1236

219

72.70

5

3

Performance at different batting positions:

Inns

Runs

Hs

Avg

100

50

#1

3

68

31

34.00

0

0

#2

5

157

98

39.25

0

1

#3

132

7367

287

60.38

22

31

#4

6

304

144

50.66

1

1

#5

5

79

27

15.80

0

0

#8

1

25

25

25.00

0

0

 


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In elite company

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When Sangakkara crossed the 8000-run mark, he joined an elite group, which includes names such as Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Gary Sobers, Viv Richard and Sunil Gavaskar among others.

The 8000-club in Tests:

Mts

Inns

NO

Runs

Hs

Avg

100

50

SR Tendulkar (Ind)

169

275

29

13783

248*

56.02

48

55

RT Ponting (Aus)

146

247

27

12026

257

54.66

39

52

BC Lara (WI)

131

232

6

11953

400*

52.88

34

48

R Dravid (Ind)

142

244

28

11483

270

53.16

29

58

AR Border (Aus)

156

265

44

11174

205

50.56

27

63

JH Kallis (SA)

140

237

35

11126

189*

55.07

35

53

SR Waugh (Aus)

168

260

46

10927

200

51.06

32

50

SM Gavaskar (Ind)

125

214

16

10122

236*

51.12

34

45

M Jayawardene (SL)

113

186

13

9403

374

54.35

28

36

S Chanderpaul (WI)

126

215

33

8969

203*

49.28

22

54

GA Gooch (Eng)

118

215

6

8900

333

42.58

20

46

Javed Miandad (Pak)

124

189

21

8832

280*

52.57

23

43

Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pak)

120

200

22

8830

329

49.60

25

46

ML Hayden (Aus)

103

184

14

8625

380

50.73

30

29

IVA Richards (WI)

121

182

12

8540

291

50.23

24

45

AJ Stewart (Eng)

133

235

21

8463

190

39.54

15

45

DI Gower (Eng)

117

204

18

8231

215

44.25

18

39

G Boycott (Eng)

108

193

23

8114

246*

47.72

22

42

GS Sobers (WI)

93

160

21

8032

365*

57.78

26

30

ME Waugh (Aus)

128

209

17

8029

153*

41.81

20

47

KC Sangakkara (SL)

91

152

12

8000

287

57.14

23

33

 


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