Kumar Sangakkara seems to be the red wine which tastes better and better as it gets older. The veteran Sri Lankan, who has already retired from International Cricket and is playing in the ultimate First-class season of his career, scored a wonderful 121 for Surrey against Yorkshire in the One Day Cup Quarter Final. It was his 100th Century of the combined First Class, List A and T20 Career.
On this momentous occasion, when Sanga has been creating havoc among the county bowlers while his National team has already bowed out of the Champions Trophy, let’s have a look at Top 5 players with maximum centuries in first-class, list A and T20 cricket combined.
🏏 20,326* First-class runs 🏏 19,329* List A runs 💯 ONE. HUNDRED. CENTURIES. 🙌 Ladies and gentlemen, Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara.
Jack Hobbs (England) – 199
The Legendary English batsman holds the record of scoring the maximum number of centuries in first-class, List A and T20 career, notching up the three-figure mark an astonishing 199 times. Interestingly, all these centuries came in the First Class matches. He scored 61760 runs at an average of 50.70 in 1325 innings, a record which seems unbreakable now!
Graeme Hick (England) – 178
The tall right-handed batsman Graeme Hick came closest to equaling Jack Hobbs’ record by scoring 178 centuries in his illustrious career spanning 25 years, 1214 matches and 1537 innings. Despite scoring 64372, he averages below 50 when all the three formats are combined, a number which he won’t be very proud of.
Graham Gooch (England) – 172
The former English coach played for 27 seasons and scored 67057 runs in First-class, List A and T20 cricket combined, a record which looks very unlikely to be broken. Gooch scored 172 tons in his career apart from 356 half tons, at an average of 45.07 in 1591 innings.
Patsy Hendren (England) – 170
Another Englishman on the list in Patsy Hendren, who played 51 test matches for England in his International Career. However, what amazes us the most is that he notched up 170 tons in his career, spanning 30 years. The occasional wicketkeeper is still remembered for his classy and patient batting.
Wally Hammond (England) – 167
In a career spanning 30 seasons, Wally Hammond played 1005 innings, notching up 167 hundreds in the process. He was the next Jack Hobbs for England during his International Career and helped England to some memorable victories courtesy his wonderful batting.