Quickfire q&a's with cricketers

'I'd have made a bad lawyer'

In the first of a new series, Harsha Bhogle puts some tough questions to Kumar Sangakkara (00:00)

Producer: Ranjit Shinde

September 22, 2011


Short Stuff with Kumar Sangakkara

'I'd have made a bad lawyer'

September 22, 2011

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene tormented India during their 193-run stand, Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, SSC, 2nd day, July 27, 2010
"Mahela, if you give me your batting talent, I'll let you have my elocution skills" © AFP

Harsha Bhogle: One of the things batsmen have to do to earn a living is to play the short-pitched ball. Now, I'm not good at bowling short-pitched balls at Kumar Sangakkara, because the only way I can get him out is if he waits too long for it and decides to play a shot anyway. So I thought we would throw a few short-pitched questions at him.

Here is the first in your Short Stuff - one-word answer, straight, quick, like you are a lawyer.

Murali or Warne - who would you rather not face?

Kumar Sangakkara: I wouldn't like to face Murali. I think I have been lucky to not face him. So Murali.

HB: One thing you would want from Mahela's batting?

KS: More hundreds… One thing I would want?

HB: Yes.

KS: I wish I could bat like him.

HB: World Cup win or No. 1 ranking in Test cricket for a whole year?

KS: Both.

HB: Greedy, greedy. Come on, you've got to play one shot to the ball. You can't play two shots.

KS: World Cup win.

HB: Best sledge you've used?

KS: I can't remember, can't say it on TV… No, I can't remember.

HB: You know why I'm pausing. I'm waiting for you to remember.

KS: [Laughs] I don't, actually. I don't. I haven't used many, actually…

HB: We will just pull out some old archives.

KS: ... Can't remember.

HB: Best sledge used against you?

KS: Nasser Hussain used to call me Cymbals… keeping wickets, used to call me Cymbals.

HB: And you called him Poppadum Fingers, didn't you?

KS: [Laughs] Few worse things, but no…

HB: If you remember those, that will probably be the best sledge.

KS: [Laughs]

HB: What kind of a lawyer would you have made?

KS: A bad one.

HB: Go on, you don't say bad for…

KS: No, lawyers are bad, aren't they? Or that's what I have been led to believe. I don't know, civil lawyer.

HB: Which pad do you strap on first?

KS: The right one.

HB: Any reasons?

KS: No, it's not really a routine. Just the right one, the side I am used to, straps going outwards, which will raise the eyebrows of some purists.

HB: I was going to say that.

KS: [Laughs]

HB: Tendulkar or Lara?

KS: Lara.

HB: Favourite song?

KS: Favourite song… "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones.

HB: What does it go like?

KS: If I sing it, no one would ever listen to it, so just…

HB: But you are not Mick Jagger, so it's okay.

KS: [Laughs] I will make it worse.

HB: He can't bat like you…

KS: But he watches a lot of cricket. I have seen him at the World Cup.

HB: He can't bat like you, so you don't have to sing like him.

KS: I will leave it at the name - "Sympathy for the Devil".

HB: Your idea of a perfect evening?

KS: With my family. At home with my family.

HB: Speeches in English or Sinhalese?

KS: Either. Sinhalese because it's something we don't use too often now on the world stage, so Sinhalese, yes.

HB: So whether English or Sinhalese, keep speaking, keep scoring a lot of runs. Personally, I'm waiting to share the commentary box with you.

KS: [Laughs]

HB: Don't become too good, otherwise you might take my spot.

KS: [Laughs] I think there is no chance of that, Harsha.

HB: Thank you very much.

KS: Pleasure.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2011, 18:04 GMT)

gosh he is the idle of Sri Lankan cricket.. i have never seen a player with this personality in our cricket history and im sure i never will in future.. we are so unlucky not to have a person with such personality as our captain... your simply the best in the whole world sanga. All the sri lankas are proud of you

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

love him a lot,,,my hero without a doubt..

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

I love watching and listening to him always !

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