Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara was officially inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame on the 3rd day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand. Sangakkara is one of the 10 icons who entered the ICC Hall of Fame before the WTC final. His induction ceremony took place during the break of the 3rd day’s play of the WTC final.
India legend Sunil Gavaskar bestowed him with the special cap and welcomed him into the ICC Hall of Fame. The first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket, Gavaskar had also inducted Rahul Dravid into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2018. Both Gavaskar and Sangakkara are doing the commentary in the ongoing WTC final.
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a special edition intake of 10 cricket icons into the ICC Hall of Fame to celebrate the prestigious history of Test cricket, and to coincide with the first-ever ICC World Test Championship Final. The 10 legends of the game to be inducted have all made a significant contribution to the history of Test cricket, and join an illustrious list of ICC Hall of Famers.
One of the greatest to have played the game, Sangakkara breached the 10,000-run mark in both Test and ODI cricket. He finished his red-ball career with 12400 runs at an average of 57.40 and piled up 14234 runs in 50-Over Format. The final of the ICC event was his last appearance in the shortest format.
Sangakkara scored 38 tons and 52 half-centuries in the longest format. He made his Test debut in 2000 and retired from the format in 2015, after playing his final match against India. He donned 134 Test caps. Sangakkara’s ODI debut came against Pakistan in Galle, in 2000. He was unstoppable in the final lap of his ODI career and scored four back-to-back centuries in the 2015 World Cup.
Sangakkara continued to play professional cricket and had a memorable run with Surrey, for whom he scored five back-to-back centuries in county cricket in 2017. He is now a part-time commentator and coach. Sangakkara is associated with Rajasthan Royals as their director of cricket.