Double Wisden honour for Sanga

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Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara has been chosen as both one of the Five Cricketers of the Year and the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2011 in the 2012 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, it was announced Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Sangakkara, one of the outstanding batsmen of his generation and for much of his career a top-class wicketkeeper as well, became the first man to receive both awards since Wisden, 'cricket's bible', started naming a leading cricketer of the year in 2004.

In 2011, no-one else came close to the 2,267 runs Sangakkara scored in all international cricket, and he is now the only man to have topped 1,000 runs in Tests and one-day internationals in a single year on three separate occasions.

The left-hander also captained Sri Lanka to the World Cup final, where they were beaten by co-hosts India in Mumbai.
Off the field, he also received worldwide praise for giving a deeply heartfelt MCC Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's which caused shockwaves in his homeland when he called for the end of political interference in Sri Lankan cricket.

Sangakkara's career Test record of over 9,000 runs in 108 matches with 28 hundreds at an average of nearly 55 stands comparison with all but a handful of cricket's greatest batsmen.

Wisden, published every year since 1864, is widely regarded as cricket's leading reference work.
The Five Cricketers of the Year, chosen solely by the editor of Wisden -- the 2012 edition is English cricket journalist's Lawrence Booth's first as editor -- is an award that dates back to 1889.

Among the other four recipients for their performances in 2011 were the England Test duo of run-hungry opener Alastair Cook, who made 294 against India at Edgbaston, and pace bowling all-rounder Tim Bresnan, yet to be on the losing side in a Test match.

Lancashire captain Glen Chapple was also honoured after leading the Old Trafford-based club to their first outright County Championship title in 77 years, as was fellow seamer Alan Richardson, who took 73 First Division wickets to help Worcestershire avoid relegation.

No one can be chosen as one of the Cricketers of the Year, based primarily on a player's influence upon the previous English season, more than once. (AFP)

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  • Riyaz Thursday, 12 April 2012 11:58 AM

    Sanga... we love you mate, way to go, show'em how it's done!!!!

    viv Thursday, 12 April 2012 12:30 PM

    Bravo Sanga you deserve to be in the Wisden List

    Congratulation

    DeSelva Thursday, 12 April 2012 01:01 PM

    congratulations Sanga.....proud of you as a Sri Lankan

    RajasH Thursday, 12 April 2012 01:27 PM

    Sanga great news and congrats
    yes no politics and also no commentating either..I cant imagine you sharing the commentary box with the cricketer turned politician/commentator ...

    wernie Thursday, 12 April 2012 01:15 PM

    How proud we are as srilankans .Congratulations and good luck to proceed as you are now.

    jegath Wednesday, 11 April 2012 10:08 PM

    Congratulations!

    Riyazi-Dorking Thursday, 12 April 2012 03:06 PM

    Api Sangata ! Sanga apita !

    Faris Thursday, 12 April 2012 02:58 PM

    T R I N I T Y Trinityyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!
    and proud of KANDY!!!!!!

    Sammy Thursday, 12 April 2012 03:39 PM

    Congrats Sanga, you are not only a great ambassador of the game and country on the field but off the field as well.

    Ronny Thursday, 12 April 2012 03:22 PM

    Hon. Sir. You deserve this and also the Cricketer of Wisdom. Congratulations and All the Very Best to our National Treasure. By the way, please keep your bats safely as those could be stolen to satisfy some individuals as per the utterings of the soothsayers..

    Minister Friday, 13 April 2012 09:24 AM

    I wonder what those who got highly agitated after your remarkable speech and even called out for inquiry against you have got to say now!

    Wimal Friday, 13 April 2012 09:50 AM

    I suggest that the Doctorate given to the rowdy Minister should be taken away by force and offer it to Sangakkara the worthy man.

    Arachchi Thursday, 12 April 2012 03:01 AM

    Really great news...wish hime good luck..(trust he won't enter politics and ruin his image)

    Mifaz Thursday, 12 April 2012 03:33 AM

    Congratulations Sanga

    Mifaz Thursday, 12 April 2012 03:35 AM

    & all the best to win the title award

    Priya Thursday, 12 April 2012 03:50 AM

    Congratulations Kumar. You deserve it all.

    Gorakaya Thursday, 12 April 2012 03:33 AM

    You are a national treasure Sanga. We love you.

    shafi Thursday, 12 April 2012 03:38 AM

    Sanga is great embasador to our motherland.

    Aruna Thursday, 12 April 2012 04:04 AM

    Sanga!!! Congratulation .............

    SoulOnSunday Thursday, 12 April 2012 04:58 AM

    Greatest Lankan cricketer of our generation along with Murali.
    Sanga for President!

    Asitha Saturday, 14 April 2012 05:22 AM

    He played for the country and we should be proud as S R I LANKANS

    maru Thursday, 12 April 2012 04:55 AM

    Congratulation but you can do more

    Hassen Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:15 AM

    Sanga you are Great.................

    kishan Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:13 AM

    Congratulations........ Kumar !!!

    shantha madawela Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:19 AM

    My best wishes sang!

    I Hussein Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:15 AM

    People like Sanga keep the SL flag fly high.

    Ruzaick Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:19 AM

    Well done Sanga, you brought glory to Sri Lanka.

    Suranjith Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:10 AM

    you are an inspiration to many in the world proud of you Especially when we witness down turn of modern day our society

    pristley weerasinghe Friday, 13 April 2012 11:43 AM

    congratulations sanga,proud of you.

    hf Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:24 AM

    YOU DESERVE IT SANGA........YOU DESERVE IT....

    Kumar Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:34 AM

    A TRUE CRICKETING GENTLEMAN - CONGRATULATION............

    Asoka Goonawardena Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:31 AM

    You deserve the awards from Wisden. Congratulations. You have been a top cricketer and a wonderful, eloquent ambassador for the country, which has lost its past glory in every field, because of myopic politicians of the country in the past decade. We can at least be satisfied that our cricketers yet hold the country in high esteem , and there is some recognition people like you.

    singingfisher Friday, 13 April 2012 12:37 AM

    Congratulations Sanga.Keep it up

    waz Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:43 AM

    Yes,no polítics!

    mlafir Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:44 AM

    Many Congratulations Sanga...while the politicos humiliate our mohterland's glory....you made us proud Sri Lankans...

    saman Thursday, 12 April 2012 06:09 AM

    Great ambassador of sports ! Good personality , Good fit to be a honest politician ! but Our wish please do NOT !

    Andy Thursday, 12 April 2012 05:43 AM

    Will MR call him to Temple Trees for "treat"? He he he

    Kalana Thursday, 12 April 2012 06:00 AM

    Congrats, Don't even sit with any politician, see what's happend to others...

    Sri Lanakn Thursday, 12 April 2012 06:06 AM

    Congrats Sanga.................You deserve it

    Dhanush Thursday, 12 April 2012 06:31 AM

    Congrats Sanga

    Hashi Thursday, 12 April 2012 06:32 AM

    A Lion is always a Lion !!!!!

    Sri Minnal Thursday, 12 April 2012 07:10 AM

    Sanga, What can I say. You brought glory to our country when our country face international pressure. Hope others too bring good name to our lawless country. Congrats.

    Oshanda Thursday, 12 April 2012 07:11 AM

    So only corrupt and the goons should do politics, and we keep complain after that. lol...

    Hector Thursday, 12 April 2012 07:58 AM

    Well done, what is your secret? I know you would not give it even for a million Dollars!

    Dayan Thursday, 12 April 2012 08:25 AM

    Promote our youths to your standard in future, Promote our mother land without involving into THIRD CLASS CHEAP POLITICS.

    muhara aarif Thursday, 12 April 2012 08:42 AM

    Dear Sanga, Safeguard you image...Shun politics...and continue to be the great personage you are for our motherland

    Bavana John Thursday, 12 April 2012 08:32 AM

    Congratulations! Greate man, But please dont enter / involve in the Politics. There are politicians they are waiting to pool you. Please!

    Musthafa Thursday, 12 April 2012 08:17 AM

    He is deserve as good and decent criketer. congratulation Sanga.

    k adikari Thursday, 12 April 2012 08:58 AM

    Great work Kumar, you are a hero!!!

    Gamini Udagepola Thursday, 12 April 2012 08:58 AM

    Congrats, Hope you continue to do so for many more years for SL Cricket, forget the recently ended series as form is temporarily & CLASS IS PERMENENT.

    kishan Saturday, 14 April 2012 09:11 AM

    Congratulations Kumar

    Amila. G Thursday, 12 April 2012 10:33 AM

    With all respect to you. May be they are happy with your performance because you let the Brits survive.

    Jaya Thursday, 12 April 2012 10:38 AM

    Congratulations Sanga. Sri Lanka is so lucky to have a son like you. Great New Year gift for you :)


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