Stats: Kumar Sangakkara goes past Zaheer Abbas’ professional career’s tally

Kumar Sangakkara is currently the highest run-getter in the 2017 season across all the formats.

Kumar Sangakkara of Jamaica Tallawahs. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20 via Getty Images)

Kumar Sangakkara’s purple patch continued in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as the Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman scored crucial 47 runs in his side Jamaica Tallawahs’ victory over the Trinbago Knight Riders on Wednesday after a couple of low scores (0, 12) in the first games in the tournament played in the USA.

With his innings of 47 runs, Sangakkara’s run aggregate in professional cricket career raised to 46112 runs and puts him ahead of the former Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas who scored 46083 runs across formats. By going ahead of Abbas, Sangakkara now finds himself among the top 20 run-getters of all time in professional cricket and only the 2nd among Asian cricketers behind Sachin Tendulkar, who amassed a total of 50192 runs in his career.

Kumar Sangakkara is currently the highest run-getter in the 2017 season across all the formats as the legendary batsman aggregated 1810 runs in the 23 matches he featured. He is the highest run-getter in each of the three formats among Sri Lankan players as he scored over 20000 and 6000 runs in first-class and Twenty20 cricket so far and is heading towards the 20000-run milestone in List A format.

Kumar Sangakkara’s batting record by format:

Format Matches Innings Runs HS Average 100s 50s
First-class 257 425 20506 319 51.91 62 86
List A 528 500 19453 169 43.61 39 120
T20s  242 236 6153 94 28.48 0 35

With 1027 appearances across all formats, Sangakkara is already the most capped Asian player in professional cricket as his country mate, Mahela Jayawardene is the only other player from Asia to feature in over 1000 matches in their career. With Sangakkara could be seen playing at least one or two more years he might come close or can go past the Sachin’s tally given the form he has been in even after his retirement from International cricket.

Most runs by Asian players in Professional cricket: (FC + List A + T20)

Player Country Matches Innings Runs HS Average 100s 50s
Sachin Tendulkar India 957 1124 50192 248* 49.84 142 246
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 1027 1161 46112 319 43.63 101 241
Zaheer Abbas Pakistan 782 1077 46083 274 48.4 127 230
Javed Miandad Pakistan 841 1039 42636 311 49.29 93 240
Rahul Dravid India 856 1014 41651 270 47.06 89 242

(Stats as on August 10, 2017)

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