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'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
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?
KS: I wish I could bat like him.
HB: World Cup win or No. 1 ranking in Test cricket for a whole year?
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.
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.
HB: Tendulkar or 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.
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.
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