Harsha Bhogle: Welcome to Opening Up. Today we are talking to Kumar Sangakkara, who has played many roles in his life but is now in one of the bigger roles.
I don’t know whether you have figured it out yourself. Now you are a captain, public figure, you’ve got to take a stand on everything, make bold statements, decisions. Has all of that changed the kind of person you are?
Kumar Sangakkara: Well, I don’t think it will change the kind of person I am. It will just mean that I’ll have to have few a different faces for different situations. But it’s a great role to play, it’s a good position to be in, and it’s good to have the team that I do have with me right now. There are some good players coming through, it’s an exciting time. We are in a period of transition. Some big names are now reaching the end of their careers; the younger players are starting to make a few statements and grabs for those positions. We now have to try and get the combinations right and the players right. So it’s tough but it’s also interesting.
HB: We are actually doing this [the interview] at the Cricket Club of India, which likes cricket, which likes players like Sangakkara, who like to play in all forms of the game.