ICC World Cup 2019: Lasith Malinga Aiming to Get Another Hattrick
Sri Lanka’s veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga will be looking forward to getting another hat-trick at the World Cup 2019. The Sri Lankan pacer became the first person to take two Cricket World Cup hat-tricks. His yorkers dismantled the batsmen of Kenya defeating them nine wickets. Malinga’s six for 38 became the second best bowling figures of the Cricket World Cup tournament.
Furthermore, Malinga had scalped his maiden hat-trick in the 2007 World Cup when he had snared four wickets in as many balls. In fact, Malinga is in fine form in the recent past and he would like to continue the same in the World Cup.
“Why can’t I get another hat-trick, I will be trying and that would be special,” said Malinga.
Termed as World Cup hat-trick King, Malinga is the only bowler to have claimed more than one hat-trick in World Cup. He has 322 wickets in his kit from 218 ODI matches. And is just one ODI wicket away from Sanath Jayasuriya to move to all-time top ten list.
A Successful Cash-Rich IPL Season Boosted The Confidence: Malinga
The Sri Lankan bowler with a distinctive action loves challenging conditions which England provides. Meanwhile, IPL and World Cup are two different formats, Malinga said it provides the needed confidence and sharpens skills. He has had a successive IPL season this year and was able to scalp 16 wickets for the champions, Mumbai Indians.
“One of the things I like about playing in England is you have to adapt to every condition. It could be really hot or quite cold and that is a real test of your skill as a bowler,” said Malinga.
“It can never harm to get wickets. In fact, it was nice to be successful in the IPL again and it makes you confident but the conditions are so different here and so is the format. I know I’ve got the skills to take wickets and gives me confidence,” he added.
Every team participating in the mega-event comprises of a squad with experience holders and young talent. Sri Lanka, however, is a team laced with young talents who haven’t had played much in the international games.
Answering to a query asked, Malinga states that the young players of the team are eager to prove their worth in the event.
Malinga is in fine form.
“In previous years perhaps we had bigger names but these guys are very talented and they are looking forward to proving themselves and making people notice them.
“We have the best 15 players in Sri Lanka right now and we have a mix of more experienced players and some exciting young players, who just can’t wait to get started,” said Malinga.
Meanwhile, the skipper of Sri Lanka Dimuth Karunaratne backed the changed format and knows the risk of being the unlucky one. The 12th edition of ICC World Cup will have a round-robin format where a team will play with every other team. Sri Lanka will open their World Cup campaign on June 1 against New Zealand at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
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