Kumar Sangakkara did not fulfill his full potential, says father
Sri Lankan cricket great Kumar Sangakkara brought down the curtains on his illustrious career on Monday after 2nd Test against India in Colombo.
New Delhi: Sri Lankan cricket great Kumar Sangakkara brought down the curtains on his illustrious career on Monday after 2nd Test against India in Colombo.
The southpaw achieved a lot of feats in career spanning 15 years. However, his father, Kshema Sangakkara, who is also his critic, has a different take.
According to him, Sanga never reached that level and could have done better with the kind of skills he possessed, as per the report published in The Indian Express.
“For the world, Kumar was this venerated technician. But in my opinion, he never reached that level.
“He could have done so much better with the skills he had. Everybody speaks about his average being in the same league of Graeme Pollock and Garry Sobers, but Kumar could have done better. Kumar did well, don’t get me wrong. But did he achieve his true potential? I don’t think so.” stated Kshema.
In fact, Kshema even compared his son with Mahela Jayawardene, who is a very close friend of Sanga.
“According to me, Mahela Jayawardene had a much better technique, and a much tighter defence. Kumar’s temperament and grit is what ensured he scored more runs and averaged more than Mahela,” added.
For the record, retiring Sangakkara played 134 Tests for Lanka, accumulated 12400 runs and scored 38 Test tons.