New Delhi: Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been adjudged the Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2011 by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack - often referred to as the 'Bible of Cricket'.
The left-handed opener and wicket-keeper scored over 2,000 runs in international cricket last year, picking up five hundreds and 13 fifties in the process.
"In 2011, no one came close to matching the 2,267 runs Kumar Sangakkara scored in all international cricket. Overall, no one made more than Sangakkara's five hundreds or his 13 fifties and he now stands alone in topping 1,000 runs in both Tests and one-day internationals in a single year on three occasions. But Sangakkara had other virtues too. He had adaptability, scoring Test centuries in the damp of Southampton and the humidity of South Africa, and compiling a double-hundred in the stifling heat of Abu Dhabi. He showed leadership, captaining Sri Lanka to the World Cup final and taking over again for the Rose Bowl Test in England. For the first time since Wisden began naming a Leading Cricketer in the World in 2004, the recipient is also one of the Five Cricketers of the Year," a press release by Wisden said.