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Have to get on with the job: Kumar

Hyderabad: Kumar Sangakkara, captain of the Deccan Chargers, Wednesday said that he feels privileged to lead the IPL franchise in the upcoming fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is looking forward to doing well in the T20 tournament.

“The expectations to perform well for the Chargers team are pretty high.

“Coming in and starting to play cricket again after the World Cup is also a great feeling and hopefully, as a franchise and as a team, we can to do really well this year.

“You have to get on with the job and start playing and winning games,” Sangakkara said after his arrival at the airport here.

The wicketkeeper-batsman had Tuesday announced his decision to step down as the ODI and T20 captain of the Sri Lankan team while offering to continue as an interim skipper in Tests.

He had represented and led the Kings XI Punjab franchise in the previous edition of the IPL.

When asked about his new assignment, Sangakkara said: “That’s the way... A lot of people have changed teams this year and I think I am very privileged to be here with the Deccan Chargers, who are a great franchise.

“The Chargers are a great team and have a great coach (Darren Lehmann)… I am looking forward to playing here.”

Sangakkara, who had led the Sri Lankans into the final of the recently-concluded World Cup, said it was a disappointment losing the summit clash to India.

“It (World Cup) was a great tournament for us…

“Though, we are disappointed to have lost the final, India played better than us and thus won the match.”

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