Kumar Sangakkara strode in for Sri Lanka at the turn of the millennium when the island nation was experiencing a hiccup in its largely successful ascent. For fifteen years Sangakkara enthralled connoisseurs and laymen of the sport alike to an extent that Mark Twain would have forgiven the excessive usage of adjectives to describe his prowess. The value he added to cricket must not only be gauged by the 28,000-odd runs he scored across all formats but by the impact he has had on a generation of Sri Lankans through his leadership and lectures. The MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) Spirit of Cricket speech provides one such instance. READ: Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene: Cricket’s most iconic bromance

It is rare that a sportsman exhibits the same flair in his words as his on-field artistry. Despite the presence of a plethora of players in the confines of a commentary box, seldom do you come across one who is able to stitch phrases that paint a vivid picture of the nuances a sport contains to an average viewer. There is a new breed of cricketers-turned-commentators — notably Rahul Dravid and Kevin Pietersen — who captivate with a microphone like they did with a willow during their heydays. By what we have seen thus far, Sangakkara could possibly fit into that bracket. READ: Time to acknowledge Sangakkara’s greatness

(Text taken from this article: A case for Kumar Sangakkara the pundit)