Kumar Sangakkara bags double Wisden honour

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Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 16:51 [IST]
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Double Wisden honour for Sangakkara

London, Apr 11: Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara on Wednesday, was chosen as one of the Five Cricketers of the year as well as Leading Cricketer in the world for 2011 in the 2012 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

The former Sri Lanka captain, one of the leading batsman in the world of cricket and also a world-class wicketkeeper, became the first player to win both awards since Wisden, cricket's bible', started naming a leading cricketer of the year in 2004.

Sangakkara scored 2267 runs in all international cricket during 2011, and became the only batsman to scored above 1000 runs in Tests and ODIs in a single year on three separate occasions.

The left-hander also led Sri Lanka to the World Cup finals but were beaten by India in Mumbai.

Off-field, Sangakkara received worldwide praise for delivering a heartfelt MCC Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's which raised eyebrows back home when he called for the end of political influence in Sri Lankan cricket.

Sangakkara's considered one of the best Test playing batsman with over 9000 runs in 108 Tests with 28 centuries at an average of 55 plus.

Since 1864, Wisden has been publishing every year and is considered as "Cricket's Bible".

The Five Cricketers of the Year, chosen solely by the editor of Wisden -- the 2012 edition is English cricket journalist's Lawrence Booth's first as editor -- is an award that dates back to 1889.

Other winners of Wisden Cricketers' of 2011 were England's Test duo of opener Alastair Cook for his 294 against India in Edgbaston and all-rounder Tim Bresnan.

Glen Chapple, Lancashire skipper, was also awarded after leading the Manchester based club to their first County Championship title in 77 years, fellow seamer Alan Richardson, who took 73 First Division wickets to help Worcestershire avoid relegation.


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