Sri Lanka entered test cricket in February 1982 with a match against England. They made their test debut after playing seven years of ODI cricket. Over the years, Sri Lanka has been known for producing some exceptional spinners, including Muttiah Muralitharan, Rangana Herath, and Ajantha Mendis. But they have given some excellent batters as well.
Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya, and many more batting icons played for this team at the highest level. Here we are discussing the record for most double centuries by a Sri Lankan in a Test. Sangakkara tops the chart and has scored the second-most after Don Bradman in history.
Most Double Centuries in Test for Sri Lanka
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5. Thilan Samaraweera – 2 Double Hundreds
Former Sri Lankan middle-order batter Thilan Samaraweera was a key member of Sri Lanka’s test squad. He played 15 years of international cricket between 1998 and 2013. In his career, he played 81 tests and scored 5462 runs at an average of 48.76 and a best of 231. Samaraweera scored 14 centuries in his career, including two double centuries.
4. Sanath Jayasuriya – 3 Double Hundreds
Former Sri Lankan all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya was a legend of the game. The left-hander was an aggressive batter and a more than useful bowler. He played for 22 years between 1989 and 2011. Jayasuriya played 110 tests and scored 6973 runs at an average of 40.07, with a best of 340, and also picked up 90 wickets. He scored 14 centuries and 31 half-centuries, including three double tons.
3. Marvan Atapattu – 6 Double Hundreds
Don Bradman scored 12 double centuries out of the 29 hundreds he scored. Then there is Marvan Atapattu, who also had an exceptional conversion rate. Atapattu played 90 tests in his 17-year-long career and scored 5502 runs at an average of 39.02 and a best of 249. He went past the 100-run mark in tests 16 times, and six of those innings were 200 or more.
2. Mahela Jayawardene – 7 Double Hundreds
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene holds the record for the highest individual score for his team, which is also the fourth highest overall. Jayawardene was one of the key players for his country in all three formats and one of the few batters to score more than 11,000 runs in both formats. Jayawardene played 1479 tests and scored 11814 runs at 49.84 and 34 centuries, with a best of 374. He also had seven double centuries to his name.
1. Kumar Sangakkara – 11 Double Hundreds
There are only two batters to score more than ten double hundreds in test cricket. The first one was Don Bradman, while the second one was probably the best wicketkeeper batter of all time, Kumar Sangakkara. The left-hander played 134 Tests in his career and scored 12400 runs at an incredible average of 57.40, with a best of 319. He also scored 38 centuries and went past the 200-run mark 11 times.