With important runs and crucial wickets, Angelo Mathews played the lead role in steering Sri Lanka to the final of the World Twenty20 in 2009 in England. Since then, he has established himself as an allrounder to watch, and was recently appointed Sri Lanka's Test and One-Day International captain. In this conversation with Wisden India, Mathews reflects on his career to date, and the challenges that lie ahead. Excerpts:
Your seniors have praised your leadership skills. What do you think makes you a good leader?
I think being myself as a leader makes me what I am. Having said that, you always have to get their advice because the seniors are a very important part of the team. (Tillakaratne) Dilshan, Mahela (Jayawardene) and Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara) have always been there and they give their fullest support towards helping out the youngsters. That makes it easier for me.