In his last 51 test matches (89 innings) from the start of July 2006 to the end of July 2012, Kumar Sangakkara has scored 5416 runs at 68.55 with 21 centuries and 17 half-centuries (next highest average over this period is Chanderpaul with 63.71 – source here). Only Bradman, Ponting, Sobers and Kallis have had a higher average over a similar number of tests (ref). These 51 tests have included 5 200+ scores and 3 more in the 190s (two of which were in the recently-concluded series against Pakistan). The first 9 of these tests (right after giving up the gloves to focus on batsmanship) were one of the greatest purple patches in test history with1529 runs @152.9 in 14 innings including 7 100s and 2 50s. He has still averaged an impressive 56.33 since then.
A few more facts about his test career follow:
- Over his career he has now scored 9872 runs in 189 innings, even more than Lara (9830), Ponting (9570) and Tendulkar (9543).
- He has scored more runs and centuries against Pakistan than anyone else: 2320 runs @ 89.23 with 9 100s and 8 50s. His series-by-series averages against them are: 244 (1-off test), 53, 72, 79.67, 66.2, 86 and 163.33 (ref)!
- As a non-keeper he still averages a whopping 69.63 over 63 tests with 23 100s and 28 50s.
- There is an interesting contrast in his records in England, India, West Indies and South Africa compared with everywhere else (ref)
|Tests||Innings||Not Outs||Runs||Highest Score||Average||100s||50s|
|Sangakarra in England, South Africa, India, West Indies||27||51||1||1695||137||33.90||3||8|
|Sangakarra in Sri Lanka||63||101||11||5676||287||63.06||18||20|
|Sangakkara everywhere else||21||37||3||2501||270||73.56||9||11|
One of my favourite innings I have seen from him (or indeed anyone) is this effort in Hobart.