It has to be one of the rarest sights to witness on the cricketing field that subsequently saw Sri Lanka’s experienced campaigner Lasith Malinga clinching 10 wickets inside two days. Malinga, who’s known for searing yorkers claimed career-best figures of seven for 49 in the List A competition at home. A day before, the veteran bowler has bagged three wickets for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) after landing in India, last week.
Thus, he has helped his team, Galle, to rout Kandy by 156 runs. Malinga soon after Mumbai’s game boarded a flight home to become one of the players who went on to play two separate games within 24 hours.
How it became possible?
The prominent bowler Malinga, who might be past his prime for many, but his dedication is a lesson to look at. The 35-year-old boarded a Colombo-bound flight to represent his domestic side.
With tournament based on Super Four format, Malinga bowled his heart out. He went on to register his career-best figures following Kandy posting 255 on board. He bowled 9.5 overs with rhythm.
In addition, it indicates how keen Malinga has been to maintain his fitness ahead of the ODI showpiece. The much-awaited marquee event will commence from May 30 in the United Kingdom (UK).
So far, after missing out Indians’ IPL opener against Delhi Capitals (DC), Malinga went on to bowl against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Further, they faced reigning IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their fourth match of the IPL 2019.
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Overall, in the twelfth edition of the IPL, Malinga has bowled 11 overs to concede 105 runs. He bowled at an economy of 9.54. However, he gave away 34 runs against the CSK in his quota of four overs. Eventually, he helped his side to win the game by 37 runs.
On Thursday (April 4), Malinga turned out for his local side in the 50-over fold. He bowled exceedingly well to pile up miseries upon opponents’ batters.
While considering the workload of a player, SLC earlier mentioned they will have a close look at the players. Meanwhile, they made the domestic day-long format compulsory for the World Cup-bound players which include Malinga.
While being part of the IPL, Malinga is the highest wicket-taker. He has 157 scalps to his name in 113 matches since the second edition (2009) of the cash-rich league.
After missing out the previous edition, Indians roped him in the squad to bolster the bowling department.
Meanwhile, Malinga’s form augurs well for the Lankan cricket ahead of their multi-nation tournament campaign. The Islanders will take on New Zealand in Cardiff on June 1st.