Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has become the fastest player to reach 12,000 runs in Test cricket – and only the fifth to reach the landmark.
The 37-year-old achieved the feat in his 224th Test innings, during his side’s second Test in New Zealand.
India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Australia’s Ricky Ponting both needed 247 innings to surpass the mark.
Sangakkara’s 33 not out helped his side to 78-5 after the Kiwis were all out for 221 on day one in Wellington.
New Zealand lead the series 1-0 after an eight-wicket win in Christchurch.
Sangakkara began his innings on 11,995 runs and was given a standing ovation when he became the first Sri Lankan to reach 12,000 by knocking Trent Boult square for two.
Tendulkar (15,921), Ponting (13,378), South African Jacques Kallis (13,289) and India’s Rahul Dravid (13,288) are the only four players to have scored more Test runs than Sangakkara.
Test Career of Kumar Sangakkara
He launched his Test career in year 2000, and has made an impressive average of over 58.00, including 37 centuries in 130 Tests
His highest score was 319 against Bangladesh
He averages more than 58 in 130 Tests with a phenomenal 37 Test centuries, the biggest of which was a 319-run knock against Bangladesh in Chittagong in February 2014
He is now number four on the all-time scoring list, although his average is higher even than Indian great Sachin Tendulkar, who tops the ranking with 15,921 runs in 200 Tests at 53.78
He is the leading run-scorer in Tests in 2014, collecting 1,493 runs in 12 matches at an average of 71.09 with four tons
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