Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara retired from the international cricket in 2015 after an impressive career and also immense number of runs. Sangakkara is one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen to have graced the game. The elegant left-hander was also a great leader, leading Sri Lanka to the final of the ICC WT20 2009 and ICC World Cup 2011. His ill-fated runs of losses in ICC tournament finals hailed to an end in 2014 when he was the part of the team that won against India in the 2014 ICC WT20.
Laterally with former skipper Mahela Jayawardene, the batsman-wicketkeeper formed the fundamental of Sri Lanka’s batting for a good decade. Several alleged that Sangakkara however, still had some years left in him of the first-class international cricket when he declared time on his career.
His total of 12,400 runs in Test cricket at an average of 57.40 puts him on the 6th spot in the list of all-time highest run-getters in the longest format. He also has 14,234 runs in 404 ODIs, which is second only to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
Without any uncertainty this evidences that Sangakkara was one of the finest batsmen of modern-day cricket. But then again even the best of batsman has his weakness and there are some bowlers who trouble them more than the others.
Now the president of the Marylebone Cricket Club Sangakkara recently held a Q&A session with fans and the veteran was quizzed about the bowlers he found most problematic to face. The Sri Lankan named two left arm pacemen’s who are fellow Asian. Pakistan legend Wasim Akram and Indian World Cup winner Zaheer Khan were the two names ‘Sanga’ took.
“Wasim Akram was a nightmare to face. Zaheer Khan, I faced many times and was extremely difficult also,” he said
And when asked to tag the bowler he found most tough as a wicket-keeper, he took the name of former Sri Lanka spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan.
“Behind the stumps, it would be Murali. He was extremely difficult to keep to with his variation and turn, and the weather conditions in Sri Lanka made it a test of both mental and physical fitness. So, he would be number one”. Sangakkara said.