9 Apr 2015

Sangakarra takes top cricket honour

6:27 am on 9 April 2015

The Sri Lankan opening batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been named the Leading Cricketer in the World in Wisden's 2015 Cricketers' Almanack.

Kumar Sangakarra at the crease for Sri Lanka

Kumar Sangakarra at the crease for Sri Lanka Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Sangakkara joins India's Virender Sehwag as the only two players to be awarded the honour twice.

The 37-year-old left-handed batsman and wicketkeeper won the award after last year scoring an all-time record 2,868 international runs in the calendar year, including a triple century.

Sangakkara underlined Wisden's choice by scoring a record four successive centuries at the recent World Cup.

He retired from one-day internationals last month.

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