In Conversation with the Captain : Kumar Sangakkara
Sangakkara made his test debut against South Africa at the age of 22 on 20th July 2000 and has been named as one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the year in 2012. The dashing left handed batsman plays for Nondescripts in the Sri Lankan domestic circuit. He was picked up by the Kings XI Punjab to captain their side for the first three seasons of the IPL and was later picked up by the Deccan Chargers in the player auction in 2011.
Sangakkara and fellow Sri Lankan and spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan joined hands to drag thousands of Sri Lankans from the northern parts of the country out of the clutches of poverty. They had decided that transport was the main problem and hence donated 1300 bicycles to the people. He is currently an undergraduate at the Sri Lankan Law College. Sangakkara is married to Yehali and the couple have two kids - a girl and a boy. Here is the conversation that we had -
By the Way - I was smiling like a star struck teenager throughout the interview.
You are captaining the Deccan Chargers for the second season now. How does it feel?
It is a great honour and privilege to captain this franchise. It has a great history of being the champions and coming third in the third season of IPL. It is also a big responsibility that we keep doing well but, unfortunately last season and this season haven’t been the best. We’ve come close to winning a couple of games but we haven’t been able to deliver.
The season has not been good so far. What are your plans for the last two games?
It’s just a case of making sure we do our basics right. Make sure we bat, bowl and field well in every single game. I think that is going to be our plan and we must ensure that our players have the confidence and belief and we must play together as a unit.
How are you motivating the boys ahead of the game tomorrow?
I think disappointment itself is a great motivation and all players know that we should have won 5-6 games but, unfortunately we could not hold on in the final overs of these games. We must ensure that we give our 100%.
What are the departments that you think the Chargers should improve?
Well, all the departments..especially fielding. I think the fielding has let us down a bit at times. Some games we fielded brilliantly for a long period and then let things slip at the crucial time. So, that's going to be important.
Do you feel the pressure of captaining the side opening the innings as well?
Ahh no, I enjoy it a lot and the more you enjoy it, the more you get recharged.
What is your favourite dish?
I'm a big rice and curry fan. In Sri Lanka, the staple is rice and that is why I like it.