IPL 2019: Scared to Bowl to Hardik Pandya at World Cup – Lasith Malinga
It is not often when we get a comment from a veteran bowler like Lasith Malinga that he is scared to bowl to a particular batsman. In fact, whenever Malinga is at the top of his run-up, the striker’s batsmen feel shivers down his spine. However, it is not going the same case if Hardik Pandya is on strike against Lasith Malinga in the forthcoming World Cup, feels the latter himself.
Lasith Malinga has observed Hardik Pandya from close corners in the ongoing Indian Premier League. The hard-hitter is hitting the ball cleanly and he is going to play a key role in India’s World Cup success. Pandya is going to be India’s first choice all-rounder in the World Cup and he is going to bring the balance to the side.
Hardik Pandya is taking out of screws of the ball.
“How good for him. I am really scared to bowl to him at the World Cup. If I play against him, I will be scared because we know he is in a really good touch now. Yes, I think we have to restrict him and if we can get an early wicket, I will do that,” Lasith Malinga told Mumbai Indians on Monday.
Hardik Pandya has been in fine form in the ongoing Indian Premier League. The right-hander was once again at his best in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore as he blasted a fine 16-ball 37 to give finishing touches to his team. Pandya hammered 22 runs in the 19th over of the match to win the game for his team.
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On the other hand, Lasith Malinga made a roaring comeback into the side. Malinga scalped four wickets for 31 runs as he made most of the slower balls to bamboozle the batsmen.
Subsequently, Malinga bagged the Man of the Match award.
Malinga made a roaring comeback.
Speaking after MI’s win, Malinga said, “It’s been tough for me in the last couple of weeks because I had to go back to Sri Lanka to play domestic cricket. But I realized whenever I play I got to give my 100 per cent and today I did my best and we won the game. We have to prepare mentally for this kind of a tournament. Skill-wise you obviously know what to do.”
Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya has been in sublime form in the ongoing IPL. The Baroda all-rounder has amassed 186 runs at an average of 46.50. Most importantly, the talisman batter has scored his runs at a staggering strike rate of 191.75. Thus, Pandya has ticked the right boxes in the ongoing season for Mumbai Indians.
In fact, Hardik Pandya’s form is going to play a key role for the Indian team in the upcoming World Cup. Pandya has taken giant steps in his cricketing career and he could be India’s hero in the upcoming ODI showpiece.
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