FOR Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara’s Manifold Acts

My Thanks to Joe Paiva in Adelaide for this important reference to Sanga;s recent appeal …. one that is in step with the bold move he made in 2011 with his wife Yehali when they chose to visit st. Patrick’s College in what was a reconciliatory political gesture.


FOR Sri Lanka_ Kumar Sangakkara’s Public Appeal _ Thuppahi’s Blog

Perchance as it happens today, I was listening to the commentaries on the ODI match between England and South Africa taking place at  Chester le-Street yesterday -where one of the illustrious batch of commentators was Kumar Sangakkara.

For those who are not familiar with Kumar’s background, note that

  • Kumar is the son of Kshema and Kumari Sangakkara
  • That his father is a Kandyan with ancestral roots in a lineage originating from one of the lay officials accompanying  the Siamese religious entourage that restored the upasampada in the Kingdom of Kandy in 1753/54 in Kirti Sri Rajasonghe’s time.
  • That his parents purchased “Engeltina Cottage” from the Hannadige Jeronis Pieris family at some point in the late 20th century and restored it tastefully … enabling me to visit them and capture its ambience in the year 2012.


  • That Kumar’s education at Trinity College and his training in cricket saw him enter the ranks of Sri Lankan cricket and perform in consistent and even magical fashion in the years  1999-2012 … so much so that he “won the top prize at  the 2012 ICC awards, in addition to the award for Test Cricketer of the Year and the People’s Choice award for the second year running. Later that year he confirmed himself among batting’s modern greats, by becoming the equal fastest man to 10,000 Test runs alongside Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, with the biggest Test crowd Sri Lanka had ever played for in audience, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground” (details from
  • Moreover, his acumen and personal capacities matched his cricketing prowess  in ways that saw him invited to present the annual COWDREY LECTURE sponsored by the MCC at the Lords Cricket ground in 2013: see ………. …. … & …..’s-sentiments-as-an-ecumenical-asokan-lankan/










I was in Sri Lanka in early 2011 to watch the World Cup cricket matches that were played there in the early months of that year. One side event after this series of events was the visit to St. Patrick College in Jaffna by Kumar Sangakkara in the company of his wife Yehali (whose presence was, in my eyes, highly significant). I still do not have any information on who initiated and promoted this step; but, predictably, Sanga was mobbed by the boys. Both Kumar and the School Principal also addressed the assembly of schoolboys (and I now wish that I had pursued the story and secured the content of both speeches).


Be that as it may, this visit was a move towards rapprochement in the context of the defeat inflicted in the course of 2008/09 on the Tamil Tiger thrust for independence

BIBLIOGRAPHY …. M mostly that within THUPPAHI


Sangakkaras visit St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna

Kumar Sangakkara’s Ecumenical Lankan Nationalism’s-sentiments-as-an-ecumenical-asokan-lankan/



Sangakkara in Superlatives: Beyond the Boundary



The Sangakkaras Erudite & Charitable: At Home and Abroad


Sangakkara’s MCC Lecture and the Rajapaksa & Wickremasinghe Governments’ Failures


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2 responses to “FOR Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara’s Manifold Acts

  1. Nandi Jasentuliyana

    He was also elected as the President of MCC for the 2019 to 2021 period, a singular honour being, I believe, the first non-white to be elected to the prestigious post. He was also awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Club in 2012. In 2020, he captained MCC on a seminal tour of Pakistan undertaken to encourage international teams to visit Pakistan many years after the attack on the team bus of the Sri Lankan team, which included Sangakkara, that resulted in nearly a decade-long boycott of Pakistan by teams from other countries. A laudable gesture, no different from his visit to Jaffna.

    A brilliant, articulate man, if Sri Lanka is looking for one, and in the era of turmoil and the politicians are despised by the populace, his name recognition will make him a formidable candidate electable to any post.

  2. N. Goonewardena

    Kumar, you are saying what is very obvious and known. However serious you try to be, it is a very poor show.

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