Lasith Malinga pondering His Future Ooptions

ONE: Sa’adi Thawfeeq,Malinga to take a call on retirement,” Daily News, 2 September 2017

Slinga Malinga said that he will take a call on whether he should continue playing for his country or quit depending on the form he is in.“I’m playing after 19 months following a leg injury. In the Zimbabwe and India series I couldn’t play well. I’ll see where I’m at after this series, and evaluate how long I can play given the way my body is,” said the 34-year-old Malinga.“No matter how experienced I am – if I can’t win a match for the team and do what the team needs, there’s no point in me being here. I’ll see if I can make up for that 19 months and regain that form over the next three or four months.

 Lasith Malinga celebrating his 300th ODI wicket. AFP 

“I’ll see the number of games that I get. If not I’ll have to consider the state of my body, and what is expected of me. If I can’t deliver that, then I’ll happily retire,” he said. In the fourth ODI against India on Thursday, Malinga playing in his 203rd match became only the fourth Sri Lankan bowler to capture 300 wickets when he dismissed Indian captain Virat Kohli.

It was only the second wicket Malinga had taken in the current ODI series and his two wickets have come at a cost of 104 runs apiece. In the series against Zimbabwe, Malinga took four wickets in five matches at 50.25. Since his return to fifty-over cricket in the Champions Trophy he has taken 9 wickets in 12 matches at a cost of 65.33. However at the pre-match press conference Malinga stated that he would like to play until the 2023 World Cup when he will be 40, but it seems that he has evaluated his performances since then. 

TWO: Rex Clementine,  “Malinga Uncertain About His Future,” The Island, 2 September 2017

A mere 24 hours after claiming that he intends to play till the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, fast bowler Lasith Malinga conceded that he is uncertain about his future after a string of poor performance. Malinga, who turned 34 this week, became only the fourth Sri Lankan to take 300 ODI wickets when he dismissed Indian captain Virat Kohli in the fourth ODI at R. Premadasa Stadium, where he was stand-in captain.

However, Malinga has been disappointing in this series having managed just two wickets in four games. Since his return from injury to ODI cricket in June, Malinga has picked up nine wickets in 12 games.

“I’m playing after 19 months following a leg injury. In the Zimbabwe and India series, I couldn’t play well. I’ll see where I’m at after this series, and evaluate how long I can play given the way my body is. No matter how experienced I am – if I can’t win a match for the team and do what the team needs, there’s no point in me being here,” Malinga said. “I’ll see if I can make up for that 19 months and regain that form over the next three or four months. I’ll see the number of games that I get. If not I’ll have to consider the state of my body, and what is expected of me. If I can’t deliver that, then I’ll happily retire,” Malinga went onto say.

The last game of the five-match ODI series is on Sunday. Sri Lanka will play a T-20 International as well against India on Wednesday and then will travel to UAE later this month for a bilateral series against Pakistan.

 

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