Principal Delighted With Former Student Sangakkara

Had Kumar Sangakkara's mother (Mrs Kumari Sangakkara) not listened to Leonard de Alwis' advice to allow her son to be a cricketer, the world may not have been blessed with the undoubted talent that the 30-year-old possesses. "He was also a tennis player. I was a principal at Trinity college in Kandy when Kumar Sangakkara was a student. His mother once came to college to seek my advice whether their son should concentrate on cricket or tennis. I advised her to make him a cricketer," Leonard de Alwis, the former principal of the college proudly said, speaking from Kandy. Sangakkara recently made scores of 200 not out and 222 not out as Sri Lanka wrapped up a 3-0 series victory over Bangladesh. "I have been closely following his cricket graph with interest and happy that he scored two double centuries consecutively,"he continued. Sangakkara became the sixth man in history to score back-to-back double centuries, joining Don Bradman and Walter Hammond among others. "He was a bright student at college but was a well disciplined cricketer also. He was a senior head prfect in the college. We noticed his talent when he was playing at junior level, we found him a very promising cricketer not only as a batsman or wicketkeeper but also as a right arm off-break bowler," the 64-year-old retired principal added. "Kumar Sangakkara's father (Chokshanada Sangakkara) is a leading lawyer in Kandy. His son was also keen to adopt dad's profession. His sister (also a very good tennis player) and parents often come to watch his game." © Bipin Dani India Correspondent Cricket World 2007