Kumar Sangakkara likely to deliver Jagmohan Dalmiya Memorial Lecture

Kumar Sangakkara likely to deliver Jagmohan Dalmiya Memorial Lecture

The Jagmohan Dalmiya Memorial Lecture will take place before the India- Sri Lanka Test match at Eden Gardens.

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Sri Lankan cricket selection panel member and former cricketer Kumara Sangakkara. (Photo by ISHARA S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara is expected to be present in India to deliver the Jagmohan Dalmiya Memorial Lecture prior to the India-Sri Lanka Test at the Eden Gardens here in November, according to Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly. The event was planned to take place last year ahead of the India, New Zealand series, but the BCCI general meeting ruled out the possibility. It was later postponed to January 21, before the 3rd ODI between India and England, but the event didn’t take place.

It was later postponed to January 21, before the 3rd ODI between India and England, but the event didn’t take place. Ganguly, who played a lot of cricket against Sangakkara during the Indo-Lanka rivalry, said it is the ideal choice.”We thought it would be befitting to invite Sangakkara since it’s India vs Sri Lanka,” Ganguly said here.

Sangakkara’s class act

The legendary Sri Lankan is one of the few players who continued to bat in a sublime manner, even after retiring from international cricket. Sangakkara called time on his career in the year 2015 but kept playing franchise cricket. He currently led Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL 2017. He has been in excellent form, scoring runs aplenty. He led Tallawahs to the play offs before crashing out against Guyana Amazon Warriors.

His last inning in the CPL reads unbeaten 57*; before that, he put up good shows such as 38, 69,53,74* and 47.  The left-hander has scored more than 14000 runs in ODI cricket and 12400 runs in Test matches, at an average of 57.40.

Ganguly is confident

Eden Gardens was in the news recently, as there were questions over hosting the ODI match between India and Australia on 21st September. Australia will play a series of 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is against India. Ganguly has shown confidence and said that the ground will be ready for the high voltage encounter.