West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara says Kumar Sangakkara is, in his opinion, the best wicketkeeper batsman in the world.
Giving the keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) 2012 at the Sugathadasa indoor stadium late this evening, Lara also said that Sri Lanka is now a formidable cricket team.
He recalled how devastating the opening pair of Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana were in one day cricket and noted that they would have been even more devastating if they were a pair in Twenty20 cricket.
Lara topped the Test batting rankings on several occasions and holds several cricketing records, including the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, which is the only quintuple hundred in first-class cricket history.
Lara also holds the record for the highest individual score in a test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004. He is the only batsman to have ever scored a hundred, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century and a quintuple century in first class games over the course of a senior career.
Sangakkara, in his speech at the SLPL opening ceremony, said it was an honor to have played against Lara and recalled some of his most memorable moments with the legendary player who has now retired from the game.
Opening ceremony pics: http://colombogazette.com/slpl-2012-opening-ceremony/