Sangakkara names two toughest bowlers he faced
Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara has revealed two names of the bowlers who had suffered him during his career. Only after batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, the classical wicket-keeper batsman ended up as the second-highest run-scorer in world cricket.
Sangakkara amassed 28,016 runs at a stupendous average of 46.77 In 594 international games across all formats. Further, the Sri Lankan wizard bounced up 63 tons and 153 half-centuries in his career.
The Lankan veteran was quizzed about the toughest bowler faced in his career , during a recent ‘Q/A’ session organized by Marylebone Cricket Club’s Twitter handle. The legendary batsman named the ‘Sultan of Swing’, Wasim Akram and legendary Indian pacer, Zaheer Khan.
“Wasim Akram was a nightmare to face. Zaheer Khan, I faced many times and was extremely difficult also,” Sanga said during the session.
Sanga faced bowlers across generations, In his 15-year long illustrious career. While Akram was going through the twilight of his career, when Sanga was finding his feet at the highest level. Moreover, the careers of Sanga and Zaheer coincided perfectly as they started almost at the same time. The two were regarded as the masters of their respective trades in the by-gone era.
During the frequent ties between India and Sri Lanka, the duels between Sangakkara and Zaheer were one of the eagerly anticipated ones. While ,the left-hander shepherded the Lankan top-order with his class, on the other hand Zaheer spearheaded the Indian bowling line-up.
During various bilateral series as well as crucial multilateral tournaments such as the Asia Cup, Champions Trophy and World Cup, the two often engaged in a game of cat and mouse.