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As Kumar Sangakkara retires, here's a look at his career in numbers

Rohan Raj | Updated on: 24 August 2015, 15:41 IST

There are a few poignant minutes during every Indian wedding where the family (nowadays just the mother) of the bride is left to their thoughts wondering how life is going to be after the apple of their eyes has moved on. That's exactly how the Sri Lankans and the Kumar Sangakkara fans across the globe must be feeling right now.

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The 37-year-old cricket legend had announced that he would retire from international cricket after the 2nd Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo. With the cricketing greats in attendance at the P Sara Oval stadium, the left-hander was expected to sign off in style. But the Lankan run-machine missed out in both the innings in his swansong Test appearance.

After missing out in the first innings at a score of 34 runs, Sri Lanka's greatest ever cricketer walked out for one last time amid a great reception at the stadium filled with close friends, family and bigwigs of cricket.

Kumar Sangakkara_Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

But, Sangakkara's dismissal by Ravichandran Ashwin at a score of just 18 runs in the second innings would have surely disappointed a lot of people including the cricketer himself. The former Sri Lankan captain scored three boundaries in his innings that lasted 18 balls.

Be it the great Brian Lara or batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, every cricketer hopes for one final flourish to end their career on a high. And as much as his fans, Sangakkara would have also wanted to sign off with a memorable knock in his last outing.

Even if he missed out in his final Test, there's hardly anything left for Sangakkara to achieve.

Here's a look at the his illustrious career in numbers

Double Hundreds in Tests

Sangakkara has 11 double centuries in Tests, second only to 12 double centuries by Sir Don Bradman.

Man of the Match

In the 131 matches he has played, Sangakkara has been adjudged Man of the Match on 16 occasions.

Test Hundreds

Sangakkara boasts 38 centuries in 134 matches and is currently placed fourth, only behind Sachin Tendulkar (51), Jacques Kallis (45) and Ricky Ponting (41) in the list of cricketers with most number of centuries in Tests.

Kumar Sangakkara_Marty Melville/AFP

Sixes in Tests

Sangakkara has smashed 51 sixes in the 134 Test matches he has played.

Test Fifties

Sangakkara has scored 52 half-centuries in 134 games and is currently placed seventh in the list of cricketers with most number of fifties in Test cricket.

Consecutive 150+ Scores

In 2007, Sangakkara became the first player who recorded 150+ scores in four consecutive Test matches.

Fastest to 8,000 Runs

Sangakkara is the fastest batsman to reach 8,000 runs in Test cricket. He achieved the milestone in just 152 innings.

Highest Score in Tests

In 2014 at Chittagong, Sangakkara smashed 319 runs in the first innings against Bangladesh to record his highest score in Test cricket.

Kumar Sangakkara_Ishara S Kodikara/AFP

Highest Partnership

Sangakkara (287) was part of the mammoth 624-run partnership alongside Mahela Jayawardene (374) against South Africa in 2006. It is the highest partnership for any wicket in Test cricket.

Most Runs in 2014

Sangakkara scored four hundreds and nine fifties to accumulate 1,483 runs in 2014 - most by a cricketer in that year.

Runs in Tests

In the 134 Test matches he played, Sangakkara scored 12,400 runs - fifth-highest in the list of top run-scorers in Test cricket.

First published: 24 August 2015, 15:41 IST
Rohan Raj @ro4an_raj

After a poor stint in gully-cricket quashed his hopes of turning pro, Rohan moved away from the playing field and began criticising those who were still on it. Football eases his mind and watching City paint Manchester blue is his elusive dream. When not talking, thinking or dreaming about sports, Rohan can be found listening to EDM or watching movies. A sports correspondent at Catch News, he has previously worked with Hindustan Times, Daily Bhaskar and India Today.