Lasith Malinga Gives Marcus Stoinis a Lesson on Slower Delivery
The Sri Lankan seamer, Lasith Malinga taught Marcus Stoinis his special slow-ball delivery after the practice match between Australia and Sri Lanka. It was the final practice match of Sri Lanka before they head towards ICC Men’s World Cup 2019. Sri Lanka lost the game to Australia by five wickets.
The slow ball is a variation that the veteran pacer uses as his wicket-taking option in cricket. In the recently-concluded Indian Premier League, Malinga used this technique in the last over registering a one-run win in the final of the tournament against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He played for Rohit Sharma-led franchise, Mumbai Indians and scalped 16 wickets during the season.
The prodigious pair hung back together after the final warm-up match between the teams. Malinga shared his slow-ball trick with the Australian medium pacer, also the all-rounder. He showed the excellent sportsman spirit and taught Stoinis the slow-ball deliveries which he has been asking for since the IPL season 12.
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Whoever Wants to Know, I’ll Help Them: Malinga
Malinga has a habit of doing extra hard work and keeps practising on variations of bowling. This is how he can maintain his image as the canniest bowler even after losing his initial speed. He believes variety and practice are the two keys to keep taking wickets in the match. And since Stoinis wanted to practice with him to learn his slow-ball delivery, Malinga tried to teach him.
“Variations is very important in the short-format game. During IPL also he (Stoinis) had wanted to know how I bowl [it],” Malinga explained to presspersons after the match in Southampton on Monday, 28 May.
“I wanted to give him tips – that’s how cricket moves forward. Whoever wants to know, I will help them. I’ll share tricks on how to bowl slow balls, which situation you will use it, why you want to use the slow one,” added the hat-trick taker.
Telling about his ability to tag wickets at the crucial moment in a match, Malinga sends down at least “12 to 18 balls” and challenges himself to focus and be accurate even after getting tired following a practice session.
“Skill comes first, and then you have to analyse the game. That’s two things a bowler needs to [do well],” he said.
Sri Lanka had lost both of the warm-up matches. They lost the first one to South Africa by 87 runs. However, they are looking forward to learning their mistakes from the two games and avoid repeating them in the tournament. Sri Lanka will begin their World Cup 2019 campaign against New Zealand on June 1.
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