December 20, 2009

Sri Lankan cricket

Sanga should give up the gloves

Kanishkaa Balachandran

Kumar Sangakkara may be in the form of his life with the bat, but the current Indian tour has exposed a couple of shortcomings in his cricket - his wicketkeeping and captaincy skills, writes Nirgunan Tiruchelvam in the Sunday Island. While Sangakkara commands respect from his team-mates and observers, thanks in no small way to his oratory skills, it's time to hand over his wicketkeeping duties to either Dilshan or Prasanna Jayawardene.

Sanga cannot combine the responsibility of captaincy, wicketkeeper and the leading batsmen in any form of the game. One of the three must be discarded. He has lost the first virtue of any gloveman. He does not watch the ball on to his gloves. Instead, he grabs it.

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