New Delhi: Kings XI Punjab on Friday appointed Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara as its new captain for DLF IPL 2010.
The Sri Lankan skipper was tipped to take over the job weeks ago but the team management had so far kept mum on the matter. The side's CEO Anil Srivatsa finally put an end to the speculation by announcing Sangakkara as the new skipper today.
The left-handed batsman, who also keeps wickets, replaces Yuvraj Singh, who had led the team for the last two seasons.
Sources on behalf of the team said that his exemplary performances in the last two editions of IPL have made him one of the favourite players of the team.
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32-year old Sangakkara, a talented left-handed batsman and a vigilant wicket-keeper, is currently captain of the Sri Lankan Cricket team and is recognized as the driving force behind the side.
"I'm privileged to be given such an honour and opportunity to lead the team. The team has had a good run under the captaincy of Yuvraj and I enjoyed playing under his leadership in the IPL," Sangakkara said in a statement issued by the team management.
"This is a huge responsibility and I hope I am able to live up to the team's expectations. We are all geared up and look forward to playing some great cricket in the upcoming season and aim for a win," he added.
The team under Yuvraj had not done well in the last IPL although the team had a decent run in the inaugural IPL.