All great batsmen have that one shot that makes us go ‘wow’ every time they bring it out; Sachin Tendulkar’s straight drive, Rahul Dravid’s square cut, Ricky Ponting’s pull, VVS Laxman’s flick. For Kumar Sangakkara, it is the cover drive. Very few batsmen can play cover drive as elegantly as Kumar Sangakkara. The way he gets down on his knees and strokes the ball through covers, is a thing a great joy for every cricket lover.
What stands out in Kumar Sangakkara’s cover drive is his balance. Sangakkar’s cover drive is a thing of beauty and the cricketing world will be poorer to never watch it again after his final Test.
Kumar Sangakkara and his cover drive: A beautiful love story