Sangakkara's speech receives standing ovation at Lord's

By Rex Clementine

Kumar SangakkaraJuly 6, 2011 (Island Cricket): He may have not scored a hundred at Lord’s, but star batsman Kumar Sangakkara received a standing ovation at the Home of Cricket, when he stunned the audience during the 11th MCC Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's on Monday.

Sangakkara’s speech lasted for more than an hour. He spoke on how the sport developed in Sri Lanka over the years and the immense pride he has in representing the country.

At the conclusion of his speech, Sangakkara received a standing ovation from the audience that numbered close to 1500 consisting Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) members, invitees, family members of Lord Cowdrey, some Sri Lankan expatriates and members of the media.

Summing up his speech, master of ceremonies Mark Nicholas said, "You are a hard act to follow, sir. Many congratulations. We are all struck by the immense pride you have in your land and of your people and we are humbled by your brilliance of your language and your use of it."

"We are struck by your messages. Archbishop Desmond Tutu received a standing ovation and you have matched it."

"If Adam Gilchrist hadn’t been born, I think you would have been considered the greatest wicket keeper batsmen in the world but it’s tight. But certainly the greatest lecturer of them all Kumar Sangakkara," Nicholas added.

Listen to Sangakkara's speech at Lord's.


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The lecture was fantasic and it covered SL cricket's history accuratly and the passion Sanga has for the game and most of all the respect for the fans. The punch line was at the end and really it couldnt have been said better and it takes guts and courage to say what he said. I can only hope SLC does the right thing and act on the truth that was spoken instead of acting like thugs. We salute you Sanga - over to you SLC, do the right thing!

Anonymous's picture

Congratulation Kumar for your excellent speech

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Awesome! Hope this is heard loud and clear and would pave way for the game to be protected in its true spirits..Cricket is the #1 sport in Srilanka loved by the rich and the poor alike.. It has been our asset during hard times and glorious times...Let's not murder it for greed....

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awesome!!!!!!!fantastic speech agree with Mark Nicholas.u r a GREAT MAN who loves his country. we r sooooooo PROUD of u............

honest's picture

small correction he is better than gilchrist.did nt use squash ball nor did he say murali chucks.

Anonymous's picture

Stunningly Sri Lankan!
Congrats Sanga! We love you

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Anonymous's picture

he talked about political interference in sri lankan cricket,seems like he has forgotten the way he and his mates sougth help from king of politics MR during ipl season.remember?? they were supposed to come SL on 5th of may,but when did they come? 17th of may!!
how come?? mahindananda aluthgamage orderd them to come on 5th ,MR ordered aluthgamage to SHUT UP!! none of the cricketers in SL got the right to talk about sl cricket to talk about it is us- the fans of cricket!!
i don't know you all agree wit me.but it's the bitter truth!!

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@Anoymous/comment #8: Nobody agrees with you. Go jump off a cliff.

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@Anonymous on July 10, 2011 - 02:17.

As you have mentioned the truth is bitter.

What Sangakkara says is true. But the problem is, has he acted according what he says? My answer is "no". He worries about cricket been commercialized after 1996.He forgets about him and his companion Mahela been the two worst culprits in that regards.( The commercials they appear give ample evidence.)

It must be mentioned that what is more important is your action and not your talk. Otherwise why you people are against our politicians? They don't do what they say. In that regard many of the senior cricketers emerge after 1996 do not differ from our politicians.

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