PUNE (India) Kumari Sangakkara, the mother of Sri Lankas 33-year-old skipper Kumar Sangakkara, never forgets to thank Leonard De Alwis, the former principal of Trinity School and College in Kandy, whenever the player scores century. It was the schools principal Mr. Leonard De Alwis who advised his mother to encourage the player to pursue cricket. The boy showed talents in both cricket and tennis at school, and his mother was confused, but I advised her to encourage him to pursue cricket, Leonard De Alwis, the principal, now at adjoining Green Hill School in Kandy, told this scribe. I saw his cricket talent in under 13 and U-15 tournaments and was highly impressed. He was bubbling with talent. He has climbed up the ladder from the scratch. Sangakkara is now staying in Colombo, but his parents, Kumari and Chokshanada Sangakkara are still living in Kandy and meet us often, the former principal said. I still follow his game and am proud of my pupil who scored his 7th double ton on Tuesday. I hope to see many more from his bat, he further added. Recalling his early days, the principal said, He was a senior prefect in the school and a cricket captain also. And he won two awards, one, Cricket Lion for his cricketing skill and Ryde Medal (Gold medal for all round performance in academy and sports). Kumar Sangakkara didnt forget to mention the principal in one of his felicitation functions held last year and often seeks principals blessings. Sangakkara is multilingual, being able to speak in Sinhalese, Tamil and English and is often seen as the official spokesman of the cricket team.