Arnold too delved into the persona of Sangakkara whereas chatting in ‘Homerun with AV’, a sports activities present in YouTube channel ‘Gethist Creative’ hosted by commentator Arun Venugopal.

“It’s true (Sangakkara and Arnold attending dance class). This occurred after we had been kids in Colombo and I used to be captain of the under-23 aspect. That was the 12 months Kumar Sangakkara relocated to Colombo from Kandy. He did his education in Kandy and at school cricket his performances weren’t that nice. It was solely when he was 22-23, after he had began taking part in membership cricket that his expertise shone brilliant and he reached a unique stage.

“Along with just a few different gamers and their girlfriends, Sangakkara and I’d attend dance lessons. Our membership NCC (Nondescripts Cricket Club) is positioned close to the SSC Stadium, and the dance class was located in the identical locality. Ball-room dancing, Jazz, and the likes had been taught there. After we completed our apply and health periods at round 6.30 pm, we might go to the category at round 7 pm.

“A few sessions later I opted out after discovering that my rhythm was totally out of sync and my dance flopped big time! However, Sangakkara and his then-girlfriend and now-wife (Yehali) continued to take dance lessons,” mentioned Arnold.

Once Sangakkara had sledged former South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock reminding him {that a} billion folks had reposed their religion on him. So did Sangakkara at all times needle the opposition, proper from his blooming age?

“Sangakkara did not have that form of a character throughout his junior-cricket days. That occurred solely when he began taking part in on the worldwide stage. He was at all times assured, however he bloomed barely late. In distinction, proper from the under-14, under-15 stage, Mahela Jayawardena was recognized as a future cricketer for Sri Lanka simply from the best way he performed. But Sangakkara was barely identified throughout his junior cricketing days.

“It was former worldwide umpire Ashoka de Silva who advised me {that a} boy from Kandy (Sangakkara) would be part of the NCC (Nondescripts Cricket Club). He requested me to take care of him as I used to be the captain.

“Sangakkara came up and spoke with me. He seemed like a quiet, simple guy for the first year or so. Then, there was an A tour which propelled his career to a different level. In a flick of the finger, he matured into a superb player. Sangakkara went on to score his maiden first-class hundred in Test cricket, not in club cricket,” he mentioned.

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