The former captain, Kumar Sangakkara of the Sri Lankan National Team is counted amongst the most influential cricketer’s in the World. Sanga started playing cricket when he was only seven, and since playing continuously.
Kumar has gained honors from ‘Wisden Leading Cricket’ in 2011, 2014 to ICC Test Cricket of the Year 2012 and several moves. He has led his team to win the ‘ICC Test Team of the Year’ from 2006 – 2012 and ‘ICC ODI Team of the Year’ from 2011 – 2013 and in 2015. In 2016 he was honored with the popular award of ‘Ada Derana Sri Lankan of the year’.
Kumar “Sanga” Chokshanada Sangakkara was born in 1977, 27th October in Matale to an attorney-at-law Swarnakumara Sangakkara and Kumari Surangana. He was raised in Kandy, where he spent most of his youth. He has three siblings with strong educational background, two sisters including:
Thushari who graduated from University of Peradeniya and Saranga, a national tennis champion and who also played tennis at Brown University USA and currently working at Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a business Analyst and Vemindra his elder brother who graduated from Monash University, and all of them are known to have national-level awards and achievements during their schooling.
His family helped many Tamil families by giving them space to hide in 1983 during the Black July riots.
Sangakkara married his longtime girlfriend, Yehali in 2013. Together the couple has a set of twins a boy and a girl named Kavith and Swyree.
He completed his schooling and graduation from Trinity College, Kandy which is a private school for boys located in central highlands around Sri Lanka. He actively participated in sports like badminton, tennis, swimming and cricket during his time in school. His principal recommended Kumar’s mother to encourage him to play Cricket, after he continuously played cricket.
He also started representing his school in the ‘under – 13 cricket XI’ where he was coached by Upananda Jayasundera. Later he played under-15, under-17, under-19 and first XI squads, during which he was coached by Berty Wijesinghe.
He was also rewarded with “The Trinity Lion” in 1996 for his exceptional wicket keeping and batting skills.
He is also learned playing violin during his school days. In 1998-99 he went to South Africa in ‘Sri Lankan A Cricket Team’s’ tour to represent the nation. Sanga was also the perfect Head-Boy of his school during his senior year. He was also honored with ‘Ryde Gold Medal’ for best all rounder student.
Later he followed his father’s footstep by entering the ‘Law Faculty of the University of Colombo’ to complete his graduation but was unable to complete it because of his cricket commitments.
Kumar Sangakkara Net Worth
Playing professionally since the age of 21, Sanga has been estimated to make a net worth of $20.5 Million US dollars as of 2017. He makes his income by playing cricket professionally and playing for some private teams like Surrey, Hobart Hurricanes, Dhaka Dynamites since 2015 and he also played for Kings XI Punjab (IPL) whom he played for in 2008 – 2010 and Karachi Kings for he will be playing for in 2017.
He lives in his Engeltine Cottage which is an ancestral home in Kandy. The house is surrounded by fruit – loaded garden. The interior house is decorated with delicate wooden work and rare art pieces. The house is estimated to be around Rs.1 crore.
The cricket star is known to play in IPL (Indian Premium League) and various other private cricket teams fueling his fortune by playing a game he is really passionate about. He is also known for hi charity works. He is an important part of ‘Think Wise Initiative’ launched by UNICEF, and several other organization which aims at raising awareness against HIV and eliminating all the discrimination against its victims.
Kumar Sangakkara will be seen playing for Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League whom he will be seen assisting as captain in 2017.
The former Sri Lankan captain has definitely made a name for himself in the Cricket World. His stature is beyond the realm of merely his cricketing prowess and batting skills. His expertise comes from his initial years. He started playing when he turned seven and since is constantly dedicated and passionate about the game. We hope to see more of his centuries on the ground, gaining more awards.