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Sri Lanka cricket attacks: Kumar Sangakkara injured in Pakistan shooting

Sri Lanka vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara was one of five players injured when gunmen opened fire on their team bus in Pakistan.


Sangakkara, Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis and Thilan Thushara were all treated for shrapnel wounds after the attacks in Lahore.

The five team mates are expected to return to Sri Lanka with the rest of the squad later today.

Thilan Samaraweera:
On Monday, Samaraweera was celebrating his second Test double-century in a fortnight. A day later, he was in hospital, after suffering a gunshot wound in his thigh. An off-spinning allrounder who turned himself into a top-class batsman, Samaraweera (32) is a vital cog in the Sri Lankan side, and one of the most under-rated cricketers in the world. This incident is sure to raise his profile, though for all the wrong reasons.

Tharanga Paranavitana:
A newcomer to the Sri Lankan side for this tour, Paranavitana is a 26-year-old opening batsman who captains the Sinhalese Sports Club team in Colombo. He has not had the most successful start to his Test career, scoring 30 runs in three innings, though any disappointment over his performances is likely to be forgotten in the wake of the horrific attacks in Lahore. Paranavitana was taken to hospital with shrapnel wounds in his chest.

Kumar Sangakkara:
One of the two key batsmen in the Sri Lankan side, Sangakkara (31) is expected to take over the captaincy from his friend and ally Mahela Jayawardene at the end of this tour. He is one of cricket's most intelligent and personable characters, who has trained for a career in law and written columns in the Sunday Telegraph. The quality of his left-handed strokeplay has previously carried him to the No. 1 ranking among world batsmen, though he now stands at No. 3. He scored 104 - his 19th Test hundred - in the first innings of this abandoned Test.

Ajantha Mendis:
Surely the most exciting newcomer to international cricket in the past year, Mendis is a mystery spinner who can bowl a bewildering variety of deliveries with little discernible change in action. He was irresistible on his early appearances, though a slight fall-off in his recent returns suggests that batsmen are working out ways to combat him. Mendis was named the Emerging Player of the Year at the International Cricket Council's awards ceremony last September. He will be 24 on March 11.

Thilan Thushara:
A left-arm seamer from Balapitaya, a coastal village in south-west Sri Lanka, Thushara (28) has been a fringe player for some time. He made his Test debut against the West Indies six years ago, but has only made three more appearances since.




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