Wisden honours legendary Sangakkara

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Sri Lanka batting and wickekeeping great Kumar Sangakkara has been honoured in the 2015 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack as the leading cricketer in the world.

The 37 year-old Sangakkara, who retired from ODI's after the recent World Cup, became the first player to hit four consecutive ODI hundreds when he achieved the feat at the global tournament.

He also became only the second player, after India's  Virender Sehwag, to win this award twice. He was also named as the leading cricketer in the 2014 edition.

Wisden editor Lawrence Booth said: "Choosing (him) just felt natural. And his four consecutive hundreds at the World Cup confirmed we'd chosen the right man.

"We'll miss him when he's gone."

Wisden is known as the cricket 'bible' and has every year since 1989 has chosen five cricketers of the year they thought performed well over the preceding English season.

The five cricketers of the year were  Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, England rising stars Moeen Ali and Gary Ballance and two players that had excellent seasons in County cricket, Adam Lyth and Jeetan Patel.

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