Galle, Jun 23: Sri Lankan left-hander Kumar Sangakkara has matched the great Sri Don Bradman in terms of Test centuries.
Sangakkara stroked his 29th Test ton against Pakistan at the Galle International Stadium on Friday, to join Bradman on the list of top century makers in the longest format of the game.
Bradman, regarded as the greatest batsman in cricket, ended his career with 29 tons, coming in just 52 matches. His brilliant average of 99.94 is a number remembered by every cricket fan in Australia and across the globe.
Sangakkara achieved the feat in his 109th match. The former Sri Lanka skipper would have been proud to be on equal terms with Bradman in hundreds list. He is also nearing the 10,000-Test runs landmark.
Currently, Sangakkara is 11th in the most Test hundreds table. India's Sachin Tendulkar leads the pack with 51. The only other Sri Lankan ahead of Sangakkara is, his captain Mahela Jayawardene with 31.
The 34-year-old enjoyed a reprieve on Friday in Galle and made the Pakistan bowlers pay for it. At the end of first day, Sangakkara remained unbeaten on 111.
One of the finest batsmen to emerge from the Island, Sangakkara, gave up wicketkeeping gloves in the five-day game and now plays as a specialist batsman.
Sangakkara made his Test debut in July, 2000 at this Galle stadium against South Africa. He scored 23 runs in his first Test innings.
His first Test hundred also came in Galle against India in August, 2001. It took 10 Tests for the left-hander to register his maiden ton. He made an unbeaten 105 then.
Once Sangakkara reaches a hundred, he converts it into a big one. His eight double hundreds stand testimony to it. His highest is 287 against South Africa in July 2006.
With Sangakkara doing well in Tests, he is sure to register many more hundreds.