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Sanga credits Healy for achievement

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara expressed happiness on being named Wisden's leading cricketer in the world and one of its five cricketers of the year.

cricket Updated: Apr 13, 2012 01:07 IST

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara expressed happiness on being named Wisden's leading cricketer in the world and one of its five cricketers of the year.


"It's a great honour. Very humbled and privileged. I have had a good year in 2011. Hopefully, I will have a couple of more fruitful years before I finish," said Sangakkara, the captain of Deccan Chargers.

Sangakkara added that Australian cricketer Ian Healy's advice on wicketkeeping helped him a lot. "When I started, I wasn't a natural wicketkeeper but it was a case of making sure that you went and spoke to the right people. I have been to a few wicketkeeping coaches. Sometimes, they confused me more than actually teaching me something.

"The real change came when I met Ian Healy. He simplified wicketkeeping to such an extent that I was able to really understand it," he revealed.

Sangakkara along with his teammates and coach Darren Lehmann offered a few tips to a group of children.