Kumar Chocshanada Sangakkara is a Sri Lankan international cricketer and former captain of the Sri Lankan National Team. Born in Matale in 1977 to an attorney-at-law father, Sangakkara's mother was told to encourage her young son to concentrate on cricket. Sangakkara is married with a son and daughter. Kumar Sangakkara made his Test debut in 2000 at the age of 22 as a wicket keeper. In 2011 Sangakkara was the youngest person to deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture. In 2012 Sangakkara won three major awards, Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and People's Choice. In February 2015 Sangakkara was the second highest scorer in ODI matches and fifth highest in Test matches. Sangakkara is involved with several charities, including the Think Wise Initiative which is aimed at raising awareness around HIV prevention and eliminating discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS. The Initiative was launched by the International Cricket Council, Joint United Nations Programme and UNICEF.
Praise for Kumar Sangakkara
"Kumar Sangakkara is one of the few batsmen to pass over 10,000 runs in both Test matches and ODI matches. He knows what exactly he wants from the team. Tactically, you can't doubt him, he knows inside and outside of the game. He reads it well. He has got all other reading there same book and same page. So he has got everything under control" - Mahela Jayawardene on Kumar Sangakkara.