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Kumar Sangakkara’s father Kashema Sangakkara severely criticised his son for choosing cricket over tennis. Now Kumar has retired from cricket he suggests his son to pick up golf as his skills match the game.
Kshema in the very first line admits that he has “always been his harshest critic”. Kumar in his farewell speech also mentioned that his “Appachi” has been his best critics.
In a column for Indian express Kashema said he was neither happy nor angry when his son told him the decision to quit the game after fifteen years long cricket career. But, he never barred Kumar from pursuing the career at cricket, instead ensured that his son should grow up watching the batting of Don Bradman and Sunil Gavaskar as two had impeccable defense.
Kashema told that the world may say that his son is one of the greatest batsmen. But, according to him Kumar never matched the technique of Marvan Atapattu, Aravinda de Silva and Mahela Jayawerdane, and they “were more in control of their game in the middle.”
Temperament and grit” helped him to score more runs than Mahela.
The lawyer shows great analytical mind as well, he says the world can put his son on-par Graeme Polock and Garry Sobers, but Kumar don’t match them as “he too often let bowlers dismiss him rather than them having to get him out.”
He also his son does not match the charactaristics of the world class batsman. According to Kashema ‘If you truly consider yourself to be a world-class batsman, you should be able to do that. “ Kumar did well, but not like Bradman.
“Everybody speaks about his average being in the same league of Graeme Pollock and Garry Sobers, but Kumar could have done better. He too often let bowlers dismiss him rather than them having to get him out.”
Kashema also said his son never reached the potential. He said his son has better skill with the tennis racquet. He revealed the reason why his son was slack on the game.
One day in an inter-family battle Kumar’s sister Saranga defeated him, from that day he slant towards cricket. “Kumar was more talented on the tennis-court. One day Saranga beat him though in an inter-family battle of the sexes. That’s it. He never played tennis very seriously again. Cricket became his primary passion right after that defeat. I’m sure he won’t agree with me though,” said the retiring great’s father.
Kashema, said he never went to see his son’s bat at stadium as he knew when his son would get out, even before the over before Kumar used to get out, and he said he was never wrong.
“I just knew when he was going to get out. It was like an intuition but I was never wrong, and that’s why it would make me even more nervous. I could pick it almost an over before it eventually transpired,” Kashema wrote.
Kashema continued his criticism, he said, Kumar might have won T20 cricket world cup, but he never had been good at the shortest form of the game.
However, he praised his son back foot technique towards the bounce of pace bowlers. “The pitches in Kandy always have had more bounce and carry than those in the south. Kumar grew up batting on them.”
His, father also said he doesn’t consider cricket as a gentleman’s game anymore, although his son played it, as it has many malices. IPL and T20 League have marred the image of the game. But, he allowed his son to play the league as he believes his son never goes there. So, the advocate father of Kumar doesn’t want anyone from his family to play the game.
Kashema also revealed his son’s views on Sri Lanka politics and general life. But he never agreed with Kumar.