Stats: Kumar Sangakkara completes 6000 runs in Twenty20 cricket

Stats: Kumar Sangakkara completes 6000 runs in Twenty20 cricket

Among the 13 players who have aggregated 6000 T20 runs before Sangakkara, five are from Asia as the list includes 4 Indians and a player from Pakistan.

Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Sri Lankan legendary batsman, Kumar Sangakkara achieved a rare feat in the NatWest T20 Blast game on Thursday as the 39-year-old became only the 14th player to score 6000 runs in Twenty20 cricket. He is also the first Sri Lankan to aggregate 6000 runs in this format.

Sangakkara, who tore the webbing between his middle finger and index finger while batting in the Royal London One-Day Cup final at Lord’s, missed a County Championship game and a T20 Blast match for Surrey. He also had to miss the historical game between Marylebone Cricket Club and Afghanistan on Tuesday at the Lord’s but the left-hander returned for his side’s game against Middlesex at the Lord’s.

He walked out to bat in the 3rd over of the innings 26 more runs behind the 6000-run milestone. He took on the home side’s bowling after Aaron Finch’s departure in the 5th over by hitting Steven Finn for a four and a six in 6th over. With another six in the following over bowled by Tom Helm, the former Sri Lankan captain completed his T20 milestone.

Sri Lankans are not quite known for topping in the run-getters charts in the Twenty20 format as no one other than Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Dilshan, who all have 5000+ runs, has scored more than 3000 T20 runs. Among the 13 players who have aggregated 6000 T20 runs before Sangakkara, five are from Asia as the list includes 4 Indians and a player from Pakistan.

Most runs by Sri Lankans in Twenty20 cricket:

Player Matches Innings Runs HS Average S/R Hundreds Fifties Fours Sixes
Kumar Sangakkara 236 230 6044 94 28.91 126.17 0 35 651 112
Mahela Jayawardene 220 213 5455 116 29.2 132 3 36 630 136
Tillakaratne Dilshan 221 217 5193 104* 27 122.8 1 34 633 110
Angelo Mathews 147 125 2369 81* 26.3 121.2 0 9 162 77
Sanath Jayasuriya 111 109 2317 114* 22.7 140.1 1 12 252 114
Thisara Perera 201 167 2229 72 18.9 140.1 0 2 164 110

 

Most runs in Twenty20 cricket:

Player Matches Innings Runs HS Average S/R Hundreds Fifties Fours Sixes
Chris Gayle 296 291 10155 175* 39.98 148.74 18 61 775 747
Brendon McCullum 279 274 7697 158* 31.03 138.36 7 38 739 360
David Warner 236 235 7562 135* 36 143.46 6 58 755 314
Brad Hodge 270 256 7338 106 36.87 131.27 2 48 707 242
Kieron Pollard 376 337 7308 89* 30.45 151.24 0 34 475 470
Dwayne Smith 296 289 6921 110* 26.11 127.45 3 43 662 329
Shoaib Malik 271 255 6909 95* 37.34 123.44 0 42 548 193
Suresh Raina 259 245 6872 109* 33.52 139.22 3 40 603 265
Virat Kohli 220 207 6860 113 40.59 132.58 4 50 641 213
Rohit Sharma 253 241 6542 109* 32.71 131.12 3 46 561 263
Luke Wright 268 248 6446 153* 29.03 145.37 7 32 661 249
Gautam Gambhir 236 232 6145 93 29.4 121.63 0 51 721 84
David Hussey 267 251 6097 100* 30.03 133.2 1 31 424 239
Kumar Sangakkara 236 230 6044 94 28.91 126.17 0 35 651 112

 

(Stats as on July 13, 2017)