Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara is a Sri Lankan cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman and a wicket-keeper. He educated at Trinity College, Kandy. Sangakkara began his career as a batsman but subsequently became a wicket-keeper.
His batting has developed to such an extent that he once topped the LG ICC Test batting rankings. however in 2006 he gave the gloves to Prasanna Jayawardene in Tests and has since played as a specialist batsman.
He remains Sri Lanka's wicket-keeper in One-Day International cricket. As on January 2009, he was ranked 3rd on the Test batting rankings. He peaked at 6th on the ICC all-time Test batting rankings.
Sangakkara likes to hit the ball square of the wicket on the off-side and once making a century, consistently continues on past 150.
On the 6 December 2007 he was named as the new Number 1 batsman in the LG ICC Test player rankings with a rating of 938, the highest rating ever achieved by a Sri Lankan player, and became the first batsman ever to score in excess of 150 in four consecutive tests.
His skill was recognized worldwide when he earned selection for the ICC World XI One Day team that competed against Australia in the Johnnie Walker Series in October 2005.
Despite the World XI losing all of the one-day games considerably, Sangakkara left the series with some credit, averaging 46.
He plays his domestic cricket for Nondescripts in Sri Lanka and played English county cricket with Warwickshire during 2007.
He is billed as a future captain of Sri Lanka. On Sri Lanka's tour to England in May 2006, he was named the vice-captain of the side.
Sangakkara has won a certain degree of admiration for his clever use of sledging and is one of few cricketers who are willing to talk about it openly.