The last time Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga suffered a knee injury in 2009, he stayed away from cricket for a year. He then retired from Test cricket in 2010. The latest knee injury looks as bad as the last one. The pacer has already missed some key tournaments for his teams due to the injury.The pacer played just one match in Asia Cup 2016 in Bangladesh and then missed the ICC World Twenty20 2016 and has also not been part of the ongoing Indian Premier League 2016 season. Now the news has arrived that the injury might force him to miss the important Sri Lanka’s tour of England.
“Malinga is suffering from a stress reaction in the knee,” Harindu Wijesinghe, the Sri Lanka Cricket medical committee chairman, said on Thursday (April 21). “This has been caused by pressure being put on the knee. There is a chance that a stress reaction could worsen to a
stress fracture, at which point he would need surgery.”
“A few doctors have been advising Malinga, and we feel that he needs to rest his knee while undergoing physiotherapy and strengthening. Only after seeing how the injury reacts to this, will we be able to say how long he might be unavailable? It might be a number of months
before we decide to scan and test him again. It’s difficult to put a timeframe on his recovery.”
His IPL side Mumbai Indians are missing him badly this season. The Sri Lankan was one of the prime reasons for Mumbai’s turnaround last season. With five losses in the first six games, the side was gasping for breath. It was Malinga’s spirited performance that helped Mumbai register a win and resurrect the campaign that eventually led to the title.