Sri Lankan batsman, Kumar Sangakkara, has become the first cricketer in history to be named Wisden’s leading cricketer in the world, while also being honoured as one of the top five cricketers of the year.
Sangakkara, had an absolutely outstanding cricketing season last year, scoring 2,267 international runs, which included five centuries and 13 half centuries, whereas no other cricket even broke the 2,000 mark.
He also went on to score four figures in both Test and ODI cricket for the third time in his career.
The Sri Lankan batsman cemented his place as one of the cricketers of the year after scoring a brilliant century at Hampshire.
Speaking exclusively to David Hopps in the Wisden Almanack, Sangakkara said: “I had always wanted a Test hundred at Lord’s but, if that was not to be, then anywhere in England.”
With Sangakkara becoming the first cricketer to receive both awards, he will be looking to carry his scintillating form into the next season and become a candidate to win the awards again.