There is no doubt that Kumar Sangakkara has made a fantastic start as Sri Lankan captain. In fact, he is quickly becoming one of the most respected captains in international cricket.
Since taking over the captaincy in March from Mahela Jayawardene – who stepped down after the test series in Pakistan was abandoned – Sangakkara has led his team to the final of the World Twenty20 and secured Sri Lanka’s first ever home test series win over Pakistan.
By winning in Galle and Colombo, Sri Lanka took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series and will be targeting a white wash when the two sides meet again at the Sinhalese sports club next week.
Speaking about his early success though, Sangakkara actually said that the start he has made as skipper is rather ‘worrying’ as there is a chance things might not be able to get any better from here. He does state how he hopes the team keeps winning, but is aware that there are going to be some ‘bad times’ ahead.
The Sri Lanka skipper says as much as the team are ‘enjoying the good times’ right now, it is going to be ‘a lot tougher’ in years to come and that his players will need to be ready to handle this.
Overall, it is clear that Sangakkara is a very focused captain who is not going to get carried away with a few months of success. He says that his team have the ‘ability to get better’ during his time as skipper and that they will be working hard both ‘on and off the field’ to be the best possible team they can be.
As things stand, Sri Lanka are ranked as the fourth best test team in the world. However, Sangakkara is an ambitious man and he will want to target a climb in the rankings. This means overtaking India at the very least, something this team are more than capable of. Especially with a captain as focused, intelligent and realistic as Sangakkara.