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Sublime Kumar Sangakkara

Update : 05 Feb 2014, 08:53 PM

In the 136-year history of Test cricket only 27 triple hundreds have been scored and the latest one was accomplished by Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara who made a career best 319 and joined the 11,000-run club in second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong yesterday.

Left-handed Sangakkara’s maiden triple century was his ninth 200-plus knock, leaving him in second place behind Australian legend Don Bradman who had 12 scores of 200 or more. Sangakkara, a 36-year-old veteran playing in his 122nd Test match, also became the ninth Test batsmen to cross the 11,000-run mark. He now has 11,046 runs in the all-time list headed by India’s Sachin Tendulkar who retired on 15,921 runs.

The 36-year-old faced 482 balls, hammering 32 fours and eight sixes in his mammoth innings before being caught by Sohag Gazi off the bowling of Nasir Hossain.

The approach of the Sri Lankan was such tha it made many wonder whether he is going to break the world record of Brian Lara. But his hopes of breaking Lara’s Test cricket world record innings were dashed as he ran out of partners, with four of Sri Lanka’s last six batsmen going for five runs or less apiece.

Yet Sangakkara did take one record off Lara: his knock made him the fastest man to reach 11,000 Test runs, doing so in 208 innings to better the West Indies great by five innings. 

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