Congratulations Kumar we are proud of you!
Sri Lanka is greatly honoured. One of the greatest wicket keeper
batsmen of the world, former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain, a product of
Trinity College, Kandy and University of Ceylon Colombo - Law Faculty,
Kumar Sangakkara has been selected to deliver this year 2011, MCC SPIRIT
OF CRICKET COWDREY LECTURE.
The 33 year old Kumar Sangakkara, will also take over from former
Australian Keeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist, as the youngest man to deliver
this prestigious lecture at the M C C. Tracing the history of this
lecture, some outstanding names of cricketers and luminaries come to my
mind are Geoff Boycott and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Way back in 1981, another Sri Lankan, whom I consider as the "Yugapurusha"
of Sri Lanka cricket, another distinguished Trinitian late Gamini
Dissanayaka, at the MCC Headquarters with a brilliant piece of oratory
made a case for Sri Lanka's to gain Test Status. In his own inimitable
style, he made his fantastic superb speech which helped SL to gain Test
status. His speech still echoes in our minds. He enormously helped us to
enter the Big Club.
1931, Kumar Sangakkara, will have the proud distinction of addressing at
the Committee Room at Lords in 2011. Both are proud Trinitians. They are
both humble, simple, unassuming gentlemen of the highest order. They
always sport an enchanting smile, which mirrors the culture of this
paradise - Sri Lanka.
Kumar Sangakkara who hails from Matale was born on October 27, 1977.
His father is Swarna Kumara Sangakkara and mother Kumari Surangana
Sangakkara. They had four children - two daughters and two sons,
including Kumara and Sri Lanka Tennis Star Saranga.
Respice Finem - Look to the end
The former Sri Lanka skipper, Kumar Sangakkara studied at Trinity
College, Kandy, one of the leading Anglican schools established in 1872
by Founder Rev Ireland Jones. The present principal is an old boy
Brigadier Udaya Ariyaratne, a fine educationist and a disciplinarian.
The 11th principal of Trinity was the first Ceylonese C E
The school song begins with the line "Its good to see the school we
knew" and the last lines "We will Honour the schools we knew - the best
school of All we will honour yet the rule we knew, till the last bell
call. For working days or holidays.
To obtain a lion for outstanding performance in Cricket, Rugby,
Boxing, Athletics, Military Efficiency is a big achievement for a
Trinitian. The college motto is Respice Finem - Look to the End.
His full name is Chokshanada Kumar Sangakkara. The Chokshanada is an
"The name was given to me, by my father. Out of 4 children, my father
picked me to have this "uncommon name with Kumara. The word Chokshanada
means "Clear Voice". I do not use this name very often. In fact, some of
my class-mates at school Trinity College, Kandy, Sri Lanka, used to make
fun at school for this name, stated Kumar Sangakkara.
No doubt, Kumar Sangakkara is blessed with a "Dulcet Sweet" Clear
Voice" and when he speaks it is a "treat to listen" to him. His batting
is also a "Treat to watch". He is a complete cricketer.
Sri Lanka can proudly boast of brilliant speakers. Out of the galaxy
of the names that come to my mind are late Prime Minister S. W. R. D.
Bandaranaike, Dudley Senanayake, Bernard Soysa, G. G. Ponnambalam, C.
Sunderalingam, Dr N. M. Perera, J. R. Jayewardene, Dr Colvin R. De
Silva, Philip Gunawardena, Dr. S. A. Wickramasinghe, Pieter Keuneman,
Senators Doric De Souza, Nadesan, Reggie Perera etc.
At Trinity College, Kandy, where Kumar Sangakkara studied, there were
outstanding speakers of international repute, like Lakshman Kadirgamar,
Gamini Dissanayake, Lakshman Jayakody and highly respected dynamic
educated Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama who can speak fluently on any
There are three brilliant, outstanding Sri Lankan cricket captains,
who are blessed with the gift of the gab. They are Ranjan Madugalle
(Trinity and Royal), Mahela Jayawardena (Nalanda), Kumar Sangakkara
They shone like "Evening stars". Further, they are lovable
personalities, charismatic and attractive in their behaviour on and off
the field. They are unassuming charming and pleasant.
I personally feel M C C selected the most suitable current cricketing
personality, a complete cricketer Kumar Sangakkara, who maintains a
Clear Voice, Dulcet Tones to address on spirit of cricket Cowdrey
Kumar, my congratulations to you. As a son of Sri Lanka you keep our
proud Lion Flag flying high. The entire country is proud of you. Well
Done - Keep it up!
Who is Colin Cowdrey?
M. C. Cowdrey, later Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge (OU) and Kent.
President of MCC - 1986 - 1987 was born on December 24, 1932.
He played 114 Tests, in 188 innings, remained unbeaten on 15 times.
He scored 7624 runs, H. S. 182, Average 44.06. He had 22 centuries, 36
half centuries, 120 catches. He bowled 119 deliveries, gave away 104
runs and captured no wickets.
What is a Good Speech
If some one ask me to define what a Good Speech is? I will say, "A
good speech is like a "Girls Frock", so short to arouse interest, but
long enough to cover the subject.
There are few tips that I give you to prepare a superb speech. They
are the following:
Research your audience, who you will be speaking to; speak
passionately with clear voice; have simple and light fun; keep it
simple, smaller, shorter, chunks of information so that your audience
will absorb; instead of creating a "speech", develop your talk as a
conversation between you and your audience; involve the audience, but
last not least remember the Three R's Rehearse, Revise, Repeat. Practise
your speech before you deliver. Always remember the 5 P's - Prior -
Preparation - Prevents - Poor Performance.
"Pujacha Pujaniyanam" - Respecting the Respectable
Kumar Sangakkara started playing cricket at Trinity at the tender age
of 13. His first coach was Upananda Jayasundera. Then, he was coached by
Muralidharan's coach Sunil Fernando, late Sonny Yatawara, the brilliant
Anandian fast bowler who clean bowled Sir Garfield Sobers, and legendary
Bertie Wijesinghe, one of the finest, nicest, gentlemen and an exemplary
coach, who produced gentleman cricketers.
"They are all wonderful men. They guided all of us at Trinity. They
not only taught us cricket but moulded our character. Thanks to them we
are in this position, today.
As a Buddhist, Kumar follows a good habit which is included in "Mangala
Pujata Pujaniyanam - Respecting the Respectable.
Some men, when they get into higher positions have a tendency to
forget their teachers, parents, coaches etc. That's the quality of low
This world renowned cricketer Kumar Sangakkara who will deliver the
speech at MCC always paid his highest respect, regard to his teachers.
He speak to elders with respect. A great quality of Sangakkara is that
he never forgot his roots.
Two Trinitians - Gamini D.- Kumar S
We must remember with gratitude, Trinitian, Gamini Dissanayake,
Charismatic personality of world cricket, almost 30 years ago, made a
charismatic,colourful case for Sri Lanka cricket on June 1981, winning
over the fustiest of cricket administrators with a brilliant eloquent
plea for them to be granted Test status.
As a sublime orator this great man Yuga Purusha - Man of the Era, son
of Sri Lanka late Gamini Dissanayake played the greatest innings of
oratorical skill and won the day for Sri Lanka. It was a great knock
full of diplomacy and Sri Lanka was granted Test status.
Today, after three decades another Trinitian former Sri Lankan
skipper Kumar Sangakkara's oratorical skill will fill the air of the
Lords Committee Room. It will be another brilliant oration, that will
bring credit and honour to Sri Lanka. Keep it up Sanga!