Wicket-keeper with the Nondescripts cricket club who also captained the Sri Lankan national cricket team.
He played cricket at Trinity College, Kandy, receiving the school's highest sports award, the The Trinity Lion.
He was known for publicly supporting sledging - the cricket version of trash-talk - to throw opponents off their game.
He was born in Matale, Sri Lanka. His father, Swarnakumara Sangakkara, was an attorney. He married Yehali Sangakkara in 2003 and they have two kids: Kavith and Swyree.