Some would say Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara chose to play in the IPL over playing for Sri Lanka. As I write this, Sri Lanka are 302-4 in their 2nd inning, in the 2nd Test match, at the SSC.
Kumar Sangakkara was dismissed prior to lunch for 109. His 20th test century. Sri Lanka then resumed after lunch, instead of declaring, to ensure Jayawardene could also reach his century.
Personal records and milestones aside, the move does not serve the best interest of Sri Lanka Cricket. With rain looming, Sri Lanka had enough runs on the board to declare when Sangakkara was in the 90s, and well before lunch.
Jayawardene took no risk to get to his century, he consumed almost an hour just nudging and prodding before nicking it to slip. If the Kiwis managed to salvage a draw due to rain, the fans would rightfully question the motives, and gutless attitude of Sri Lanka’s new skipper.
Just because Sangakkara is the first Sri Lankan cricketer to speak well and express himself clearly in English, that doesn’t necessarily mean he is good leader. So far he has been an emotional wreck on the field. The stump microphone picked him yelling advice to the bowlers and fielders after every ball. A true leader knows he has 10 professionals out there with him to do the job, and screaming advice in the heat of the battle is unprofessional.
I am not convinced that he is captaincy material, maybe a good spokesman for SLC, but not yet convinced that he is captaincy material. Go on then, win me over Sanga!