As the World Cup approaches, Third Umpire will be selecting a ODI World 11, with one player featuring every day. We continue with our number four, Kumar Sangakkara.
Kumar Sangakkara has surely deposed Adam Gilchrist as the finest wicket-keeper batsman in the game. Where Gilchrist’s batting rarely shies from attacking , Sangakkara is a stylish and highly left-hander who excels at assessing, and adapting to, the situation. In ODIs, Sangakkara bats at four and plays according to the circumstances; he is capable of rebuilding an innings or accelerating, using his off-drive and classy flick to the legside.
His ability as an elegant strokemaker is beyond doubt. Over 64 Tests, Sangakkara has averaged a remarkable 50, proving his worth in all conditions. He is also a highly intelligent man training to be a lawyer between tours. This much is apparent from his erudite sledging. As a keeper, Sangakkara has improved immeasurably of late. His adaptable batting and keeping to Muralitharan make him absolutely invaluable to the Sri Lankan cause.