Super Sangakkara sets example for other captains

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Published: Monday, April 30, 2012, 11:08 [IST]
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Super Sangakkara sets example

Mumbai, Apr 30: Kumar Sangakkara deserves high praise for opting himself out of the Deccan Chargers-Mumbai Indians IPL 5 game on Sunday night.

Deccan's captain Sangakkara, who is not having a good run with the bat, surprised all by deciding to hand over leadership duties to Cameron White and preferred to watch the action from the sidelines.

The Sri Lankan left-hander has set an example for other captains, not only in IPL, but in all forms of the game. When captains and players try to cling onto their positions in the playing XI, Sangakkara's move is unprecedented.

You can never imagine a leader of the side saying in the team meeting that he does not fit into the best playing XI for a particular game looking at the the pitch conditions.

“Darren Lehmann (team coach) and Kumar were discussing and decided the best team for this wicket. The team we played tonight was what Darren and Kumar decided to go in with. It was a very selfless thing for Kumar to do, to pick that team,” said White.

It definitely is a selfless and bold decision. He has put the team before self, which is the right way to play any sport.

Sangakkara had tallied just 83 runs in five innings. This made him to sit out of the game. While some might feel that he was missed in the loss to Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium, this break could help him to come back stronger.

The 34-year-old former skipper of Sri Lanka is not considered a Twenty20 specialist. But he is a shrewd tactician. He is a knowledgeable captain. He has proved that at the international level. However, he has not achieved same results for Deccan. The Hyderabad-base team itself lacks big T20 stars, which is the reason they are rooted to the bottom of the points table in IPL 5.

Sangakkara has travelled on the road not taken. Let other captains follow the leader.


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