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Sangakkara a great leader, but Preity real captain: Yuvraj

cricket Updated: Mar 18, 2010 22:53 IST
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Yuvraj Singh heaped praises on his successor Kumar Sangakkara, saying that the Sri Lankan is the best person to lead Kings XI Punjab.

"Oh he (Sangakkara) is great - he's a great person. He understands all the local players, he takes feedback from everyone, especially Mahela (Jayawardene) and myself, and when Brett Lee was there as well. Kumar has been captaining the Sri Lankan team for a while now, so he's done a great job for Sri Lanka and I hope he does a great job for Kings XI as well," said Yuvraj.

Sangakkara took over the reins after Yuvraj was removed as the Kings XI Punjab captain.

Asked how he felt playing under Sangakkara, Yuvraj said: "I remember my younger days, going to Sri Lanka and playing in Sri Lanka - me and Sangakara used to fight a lot. He used to give me a lot of crap from behind the stumps and I used to give it back to since the IPL has come, we've become good friends and we share a good understand their culture. It's great playing with people like Brett Lee and Shawn Marsh, and Myhla, Sangakara so it's good fun to interact with cricketers from all around the world."

On a lighter note, Yuvraj said it was co-owner Priety Zinta, who was the main leader.

"She's actually the main captain. I think Priety is great. I think, in the last series she learnt a lot about cricket and cricketers and she's very generous and she makes sure the boys are like a family and she makes sure everyone is getting good food, that they're staying in a good hotel, and everybody's got security. So she's like a very sisterly, very motherly idol...not for me but..." said Yuvraj.

Yuvraj also said his diving technique has gone wrong.

"I think my technique of diving has gone a bit haywire or something. Well, it's just been happening in the last year only," Yuvraj told in an interview to NDTV.

He also said that the last four months have been frustrating for him.

"Last 4 months have been frustrating and I had a bit of finger injuries and a thumb injury and now a wrist injury. So, it's been pretty bad with injuries but done my best to get back into shape and it's feeling good now. So just need to get into the match scenario," Yuvraj said.