It’s indeed a pity that life is not cricket. If it were, we’d not have seen the festering wounds of an ignorant war.
– Sri Lankan cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara, some 31-minutes into his 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s on July 4, 2011
We’ve always known, and indeed written on the SI blog, that Kumar Sangakkara was not merely a fine cricket player but an extraordinarily eloquent one as well.
In his 2011 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lords on July 4, Sangakkara showed what a fine wordsmith he is in a remarkable address on the subject Spirit of Sri Lankan Cricket.
Sangakkara delivered a scintillating summary of the story of Sri Lankan cricket deftly weaving the history of the game in the island nation with the country’s colonial history, politics, civil war, victory, defeat, corruption and political interference.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends that cricket acolytes listen to Sangakkara’s address in its entirety here.
For fans of the game, and they number in the hundreds of millions, the one-hour would be time well-spent.
We’re inclined to believe Sangakkara wrote the speech himself but, hey, if you’d like to prove us wrong we’re all ears.
Does a career in politics beckon for Sangakkara?
We think so after this fine player removes his gloves and pads for the last time.