Malinga hints at retirement post World T20

2016-02-26 09:54:17

Lasith Malinga dropped a hint that World T20 in India in March-April could be his last as far as international cricket is concerned. The Sri Lanka T20 captain, who recovered from a knee injury to return to action in the Asia Cup, said he has been playing through pain and sounded unsure of the future.

“I’m not happy. (For the) last three months I didn’t bowl a single ball. Just the last two days in the nets. But the result I am very happy. But I think I have to do more for the team. We have to play very tough teams in the future. I have (made a) come back, but I don’t know about the next day. But I will try my best. It was not my 100 per cent. Maybe 60-70 per cent. But I still managed to bowl the yorkers and slower balls. But the team expects more than that from me,” Malinga said after Sri Lanka’s 14-run win over UAE in their Asia Cup opening game on Thursday.

The 32-year-old returned with 4/26 to take the Man of the Match award but in the post-match presser, he spoke about his injury.

“I had a very bad injury in the knee. The same thing happened in 2008. I had to get two years’ rest for it to recover. Same injury has happened on the other leg. But this is not the time to rest. We have the World Cup and I am the experienced bowler in the national team in the T20 format. So whatever I can do – use painkiller or injection or whatever – this is the end of my career. So if I can do something for the team, I want to do the best I can for my team in these last few years or few months.” Injury had been the reason why Malinga hung up his Test boots in 2010. He hasn’t played ODIs either since November last year. A very popular cricketer, home and abroad, the World T20 is likely to be his swansong.(The Indian Express)

  Comments - 5

  • LuvLanka Friday, 26 February 2016 10:19

    Wishing you a Speedy Recovery andGod Bless You for a wonderful nAthletic Malinga Slinger

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    Potty Friday, 26 February 2016 10:25

    Great news! Good riddance of bad rubbish.

    Reply : 2       0

    Lankan007 Friday, 26 February 2016 10:59

    For IPL u will b alright.

    Reply : 0       2

    kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 26 February 2016 14:34

    Is he going to join the Joint Opposition and work for MR.

    Reply : 2       0

    karthi Friday, 26 February 2016 16:58

    Malinga you have won the hearts many fans all over the world. Wish you a speedy recovery.

    Reply : 1       1

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