Mahela all praise for Sangakkara's captaincy skill

Published: Friday, April 1, 2011, 12:04 [IST]
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Sanga has got the team together: Mahela

Mumbai, April 1: Former captain Mahela Jayawardene on Mar 31 heaped rich praise on his successor Kumar Sangakkara and said that the team members were in sync with the current skipper.

He said, "He knows what exactly he wants from the team. Tactically, you can't doubt him, he knows inside and outside of the game. He reads it well. He has got all other guys reading the same book and same page. So he has got everything under control."

Jayawardene added: "Kumar is fantastic. He has set goals for himself like with his batting and everything in the last five or six years. He is so determined to be a better player."

Sangakkara is seeking to achieve what his predecessor failed to four years ago in the West Indies - winning the World Cup - at the Wankhede stadium on Saturday.

Four years ago Jayawardene's men finished second-best to Ricky Ponting's Australia in the final at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.

"He is the guy who drives for the goals. That is why I feel how he handles the pressure easily. If he sets for something no one can distract," Jayawardene said of his skipper.

"He had a vision (for the tournament), exactly, who he wanted in the team and how he wanted to prepare, especially with the younger guys who he had earmarked. He got them prepared for this. So it speaks volume about what he wanted," he added.


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