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Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara continues to break records

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Kumar Sangakkara hit a fantastic 203 for Sri Lanka against New Zealand as they established a first innings lead on day two of the second Test in Wellington.

In the process of his innings Sangakkara became the fastest player, in terms of Tests played, to reach 12,000 Test runs and his double century was also his 11th in Test match cricket, leaving him just one behind the 12 double-centuries achieved by the late, great Australian Sir Donald Bradman.

Sangakkara is now the first Sri Lankan to reach 12,000 Test runs and only the fifth player ever to do so. He joins an elite band of batsmen - Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid - who have also achieved the milestone.

Improving form

He has started 2015 in a similar vein to how he performed during 2014. Last year Sangakkara was the most prolific Test run scorer in the World with 1,493 runs and was also the leading scorer in ODIs with 1,256 runs. 2014 saw the Sri Lankan hit a total of eight centuries and 17 fifties.

He is now fourth on the list of century-makers with 38, behind India's Sachin Tendulkar (51), Jacques Kallis (45) and Ricky Ponting (41).

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Among players considered as the top Test-match batsmen, Sangakkara's average of 58.92 is second only to Bradman.

Underrated

Despite Sangakkara's impressive record throughout his whole career I don't believe he has been given the credit that he fully deserves. Is this because he is from one of the less fancied countries in World cricket?

On all surface in all countries Sangakkara has an excellent record but he is never surrounded by the same hype that other international players have. He goes about his business of batting quietly but does so in a very professional and effective way.

When he eventually retires, which he has stated could be from all forms of cricket this year, Sangakkara will leave a huge hole in not only Sri Lankan cricket but also World cricket.

If Sangakkara decides to continue playing Test cricket then he could go on and break Bradman's record of 12 double centuries as Sri Lanka have a number of Tests to play once the World Cup has finished in March. They will play further Test series' against Pakistan, India, the West Indies and New Zealand again.

All-time great

Before he bows out of Test match cricket the 37-year old could have overtaken all the leading Test run scorers in the game with the exception of Sachin Tendulkar who has over 15,000 Test runs.

Will Sangakkara receive more plaudits once he finally decides to hang up his boots? Quite possibly, so whilst he is still playing the game we must appreciate the skills of somebody who will go down in cricket history as one of the greats of the game, which he most definitely will.

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