On Wednesday Kumar Sangakkara wrote his name into the record books. It wasn’t the innings of 63 that enabled that 39-year-old to rewrite history, although being only the fourth player to score 13,000 runs is a very respectable achievement, it’s his record behind the stumps we’re talking about.
Just for good measure, Sangakakra took another catch to take his career tally to 474 ODI dismissals, surpassing the previous mark of 472 from Austraila legend Adam Gilchrist. A testament to Sir Lanka legend is that he is keeping Dinesh Chandimal out of the side.
He's not getting any younger, so the former captain, who has also studied law, can be happy with his achievements.
As for the record itself, it’s going to be difficult for this record to be broken. The nearest challenger to the Sri Lankan is Mark Boucher with 424 – but with the South African now retired it won’t be Boucher who will take the record (we can ‘Bouch’ for that!).
The player who is closest to this record and still playing is Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, or ‘Ice Cool Dhoni’ as he is also known, is way behind Sangakkara’s impressive 474 dismissals.
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MS Dhoni has 312 dismissals to his name, and is the only player realistically who can catch Kumar Sangakarra’s record – but even for the Indian captain this will be difficult, 162 dismissals and counting to make up will be extremely difficult if not impossible.
Kumar Sangakkara is still is a very talented player and a great leader, despite not being captain – and lets not forget what a great run scorer he is as well. The modern day wicket keeper seems to be a batsmen first and wicket keeper second, whereas Sangakkara over the years has been immaculate in all departments of his game.
The former Sri Lankan captain’s record we feel won’t be beaten for some time, if ever and it’s due to one fact – the emergence of batsmen who keep wicket, rather than wicket keepers who can bat. Pakistan’s Umar Akmal is a prime example of that.