Sri Lankan cricket has been suffering greatly ever since the retirement of two of their most dependable batsmen Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. The situation was so bad prior to the start of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 that many thought Sri Lanka were the weakest team of the competition, and they wouldn’t be able to get past the group round.
But despite retiring from international cricket, Sangakkara is still playing in the English county cricket for Surrey, and there he has been in tremendous form of late, breaking records after records in every single match.
So it was the popular opinion from many cricket pundits that if Sangakkara can play such quality cricket in the county competition, then not he reconsider his decision of retirement from international cricket, and give another shot for Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy?
Howrever, Sangakkara was as firm as ever, and he humbly declined the request, saying once he retired from international cricket meant he retired from international cricket for ever, and there was no chance whatsoever for him a make a comeback at all.
But after Sri Lanka’s stunning 7-wicket victory over India after scaling down massive target of 322 runs, captain Angelo Mathews says an inspirational session in the nets with Kumar Sangakkara laid the foundations for Sri Lanka’s stunning Champions Trophyvictory against India.
Danushka Gunathilaka, standing in for the injured Chamara Kapugedera, hit 76 off 72 balls while Kusal Mendis made 89 as the pair set in motion an unlikely victory.
And Sri Lanka captain Mathews revealed some tips from Sangakkara this week helped turn the tide.
“Kusal met Sanga to get some batting tips because he is the king,” Mathews said.
“We all look up to him and take advice from him, all the batters. He taught us good things about how to play on these tracks.
“The guys met him, took a lot of advice and went out there and did it today.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com