Ashwin hoped he would get to discuss a lot of cricket with the Sri Lankan legend Sangakkara

sSanga is a lovely gentleman, whenever I've interacted with him

Ravichandran Ashwin showed his excitement to meet Kumar Sangakkara at Rajasthan Royals while he hoped that he would get to discuss a lot of cricket with the Legend Sri Lanka player Sangakkara.

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara received huge praise from Ravichandran Ashwin in a candid interview given by Ashwin as posted by RR’s social media page. 

Ashwin, who was contracted for Rs 5 crore by RR in the IPL mega auction 2022, said that he was “looking forward to a good connect” with Sangakkara when the tournament starts on March 26. Ashwin also expected that he would get to discuss a lot of cricket with the Sri Lanka legend player.

“Sanga is a lovely gentleman, whenever I’ve interacted with him. The first time I met him was when we were having dinner with Dinesh Karthik in Sri Lanka and that was the first time I Sanga. We were on a tour to Sri Lanka and a lovely gentleman and quite an intellectual man. So, I am looking forward to a good connection with him and discussing a lot of cricket,”

he said.

Sangakkara had retired from test cricket in 2015 after the second Test at P Sara Oval against India. The match, who was stolen by India, proved to be quite an emotional one for the stylish left-handed batter. However, Kumar was dismissed by Ashwin in both the innings of the test.

“I played a couple of Test matches, dismissed him a few times. It’s safe to say that Sanga retired then and there because, you know all these big batters when they get out to a certain bowler, they make plans and they come out hungrier, trying to dominate you. But I was, in a way, you know, happy that I dismissed him, happy that he was going to retire and I was a part of that game and quietly relaxed inside that he will not come up front, and battle against me again,”

he added.

Ashwin has played from the Delhi Capitals franchise last year.