Gilchrist praises Sangakkara with hilarious tweet

Melbourne, March 12:

Former Australian batting star Adam Gilchrist acknowledged wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara’s record-breaking One-Day International (ODI) cricket feats with a hilarious tweet.

pic: IANS
pic: IANS

On Wednesday, the Sri Lankan legend became the first batsman to record four consecutive hundreds in One-Day International (ODI) cricket with a 124-run knock against Scotland in a World Cup match in Hobart.

Later during Scotland’s chase, Sangakkara became the first man to effect 500 ODI dismissals. He also passed Gilchrist’s record of 52 World Cup dismissals.

After Sangakkara’s landmarks, the Aussie congratulated the World Cup’s top scorer — albeit in a funny way.

“I scored 4 100’s in a row once…shame it was on the golf course! Congrats on 500+ WC record and runs,runs,runs #legend,” Gilchrist wrote on Twitter.

The 37-year-old Sangakkara also became the first batsman to score four centuries in a World Cup and ODI tournament.

Sangakkara smashed 124 against Scotland in Hobart following earlier scores of 105 not out against Bangladesh, 117 not out against England and 104 against Australia.

By the end of the match, he had taken 41 catches and made 13 stumpings in World Cups.

Gilchrist had 45 catches and seven stumpings in 31 World Cup matches (Sangakkara was playing his 36th).

Left-hander Sangakkara is also the leading run scorer in the ongoing mega event with 496 runs in just six games with a staggering average of 124.

This World Cup will be the last ODI assignment for Sangakkara. (IANS)

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