Kumar Sangakkara the legendary batsman is often known for his Batting records, his partnership with Mahela Jayawadene, his wicket keeping skills and of course for his sportsmanship. The Sri Lankan batsman will appear in his last Test series against India and the Sri Lankan team is looking to give a fitting farewell to their greatest batsman.
The 37 year old addressed the media before the start of the series and this what he had to say :
You and Mahela (Jayawardene) or you and Yehali Sangakkara? What has been the best partnership of your life?
(Laughs) On the field, definitely Mahela and all the partnerships that we have forged out in the middle. But, if I had to pick just the one, then it is Yehali. Most definitely, without a doubt it is, Yehali!
The double ton record, your Test batting average, or Man of the final in World T20 2014? Pick just one.
The World T20 one for sure.
Your numbers speak for yourself. So let’s put this question. Who’s the better batsman – Mahela or Aravinda de Silva?
That’s a tough question. Both of them are amazing. Aravinda is everyone’s personal favorite, without a doubt. Even Mahela will say that, if you ask him. Sentimentally, it is Aravinda, but style wise it is definitely Mahela.
Keeping to Murali (Muttiah Muralitharan) or batting against him – Which was more difficult?
Both were exceptionally difficult, and in both he’s made me look like an idiot.
Are you a better with words or better with the bat?
I don’t think that I’m that great with either. I’ve been lucky in both.
What is the best batting advice that you got? And from whom?
Not just one. Three people. One is from my father, the other is Sunil Fernando and then Aravinda de Silva. Aravinda taught me how to watch the ball properly and adjusted my bottom-hand grip. My father has been instrumental in my entire game and the way I think about it. Sunil Fernando has based my technique.
Wicket-keeping, captaincy or fielding? Which will you miss the least?
I’ll miss wicket-keeping the least. I’m a terrible fielder, so that doesn’t even come into the picture. I won’t miss all three, really.
Who would be your first choice spinner, opener and fast bowler in your dream XI. Pick only out of the non-Sri Lankans you’ve played against .
Non-Srilankan? All around the world it will be Murali, otherwise. If it is a non-Sri Lankan, then it will be Shane Warne. Opener… I would say Matthew Hayden. My fast bowler would be Wasim Akram.
Virat Kohli, Joe Root or Angelo Mathews? Pick only one.
That’s a tough pick. All three are unbelievable players. If I can separate the three Kohli will break every Indian record. Root is going to get very close to or probably (become) the best England has produced. Angi (Angelo Mathews), you can write now, he’s unbelievable as an all-round cricketer. Angi is the future of Sri Lankan cricket. He’s just unbelievable!
Debates with the board, debates in the dressing room or debates at home. Which are the easiest to tackle?
Easiest to tackle will probably be the debates with the board.
Finally, what did happen at the toss in the 2011 World Cup final? Who won it?