In spite of hauling the ball with a handsome four-wicket scratch, the defending champion Mumbai Indians’ pacer Lasith Malinga considers himself answerable for the defeat of his side in the hands of the champion of 2012 season Kolkata Knight Riders as he thinks that the catch he dropped has cost his team to a great extent.
Mumbai Indians got defeated by 41 runs in their opening match yester night following the half century of Jacques Kallis’ along with Manish Pandey which backed KKR to score a fantastic 163 on the board.
“We bowled adequately well in the first 10 overs, but let them off the snare after that. We let Jacques Kallis and Manish Pandey construct a very huge partnership and then they had a couple of really massive overs. What really infuriate us the game was the catch I abandoned of Kallis when he was on 34.” Malinga confessed frankly, in an interview to the official website of IPL.
The Lankan admitted that he is in a pretty good mental condition now when it comes to concern about his bowling. He did a splendid four for 23 efforts to the side last night.
“I bowled well and it was good to be amid wickets straight away. We got defeated as a team, which is depressing, but this was just the first match and the squad is presumptuous we will get the impetus as we move forward in the competition. We will conduct ourselves toward this match as an attainment experience and cultivate upon the several facets moving forward.” He said.
He has been asked if he got the confidence of captaining Sri Lanka following the victory to the jut-finished World Twnety20, he replied, “Yes, it was dynamite to be part of the winning Sri Lankan team. The T20 format is very hard on the bowlers, but I am really feeling good about my bowling at the situation. I am in a good mental condition and am bowling well.”
Lasith Malinga seems fulfilled as he grabbed the wicket of the KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir last night. “It is very vital to get a quantum leap in the first six overs. I did that today, but regrettably it wasn’t adequate.” He said.
On whether Mumbai handed out 30 runs too many, Malinga said, “Yes, we did.”