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    Sangakkara targets a fourth century to break Tendulkar's record

    March 11, 2015

    Sri Lankan fans have all arrived in Hobart in droves, wanting to witness Kumar Sangakkara`s fourth consecutive century in the World Cup. All of them strongly believe that the veteran batsman will notch up a ton, which could be his 25th century in One Day Internationals, in the match against Scotland on Wednesday,

    The strong belief of the fans stems from the fact that Hobart`s Bellerive Oval is one of Sangakkara`s favourite grounds. It was here in November 2007 that he cracked a stupendous 192 against Australia. Though Sri Lanka lost the Test by 96 runs, Sangakkara delayed the hosts` victory by helping his team score 410 in their second innings.

     

    Interestingly, the series that Australia won was named after two legendary spinners Shane Warne-Muttiah Muralitharan trophy.

     

    Muralitharan remarked in his column for ICC soon after Sangakkara hit his third century that his former team colleague is the number one ODI batsman in the world at the moment. You can talk all you like about Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers or Glenn Maxwell and all of them have played superbly in this tournament but Sanga is the man all other sides will fear most of all.

     

    Sangakkara trained at the Hobart as usual. Anyone who gets to watch him bat at the nets will be amazed at the concentration he gives in correcting his footwork and also his swing of the bat. The way he is training and correcting himself makes everyone wonder whether he is really the batsman who is planning to retire from One-Day cricket at the end of the World Cup and Test cricket in August.

     

    If Sangakkara gets his fourth consecutive century against Scotland, he will then be on course to break Sachin Tendulkar`s record of most runs in a single World Cup

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