Something weird is happening to Kumar Sangakkara.
When he was given the captaincy everyone was expecting SL to turn into some kind of mini-Australians. Hard, aggressive, and a win at all costs attitude was what most of us thought King Kumar would bring to the table.
Mahela was a good captain but a lot of people, us included, were getting bored of the lack of aggression shown in his captaincy towards the latter part of his reign.
Sanga was going to change all that. He was an attacking, confident, aggressive player by nature. There weren’t too many people who doubted that he was the right man to take the SL team to the next level. A place he was already at as a player.
Two test series in and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Kumar has shown that he is prone to cracking under pressure, even getting dirty – which we have no quarrels with- but was unexpected from him.
Although it’s cool to open the bowling with a spinner, with the new ball no less, it’s pretty strange that the only man who looked like getting a wicket on day 5 didn’t get that chance.
It’s even stranger when SL had 450 runs to play with we had 2-3 players on the fence. To stop Vetorri and O’brien stealing the show ? I don’t think so.
Where was the aggression and all out attacking mind frame that he is known for ? Is the job changing the man ? Or the man changing entirely ?
Towards the end of the test, I don’t think Sangakkara believed he could get Vetorri out. Which probably meant that the rest of the team thought they couldn’t either. Vetorri played a brilliant innings but he was helped at least 40% by Sangakkara’s inexplicable negativeness on the field.
Is this the culture within the team? Sitting back and waiting for things to happen.
SL didn’t need Sangakkara to be captain to achieve that.