Malinga credits IPL for Indian win

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Lasith Malinga credited the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) for Sri Lanka’s amazingly tight bowling that suffocated the strong Indian batting line up in the final of the ICC World T20 on Sunday.

Malinga who has been a permanent fixture in the strong Mumbai Indians line up since the inaugural IPL tournament, said that it was the experience he gained through the IPL that helped him to lead his time to victory over India in the final.

He did not forget to say that he learnt “almost everything” he knows, only through his IPL experience.

“I think it has been extremely valuable for me to have played in the IPL. It was only because that I had played in the IPL that I could manage the bowlers properly against India and get a thorough understanding of how the (Indian) batsmen operated. All that knowledge I had, helped us immensely in this victory. It is through the IPL that I learnt almost everything that I know. It helped us beat India. I am extremely glad that I played in the IPL” Malinga said when a journalist asked him how they restricted such a strong batting line-up to just 60-odd runs in the final ten overs, the time usually when all teams resort to all out slogging, throwing caution to the wind.

Kumar Sangakkara cracked a spectacular half century which earned him the man of the match title in the final, but it was the bowlers who actually earned the victory for Sri Lanka with a stupendously tight effort, a fact which even Sangakkara himself admitted.

“Chasing 130, you'd take that any day on any wicket but to restrict a side like that we needed something special and our bowlers produced it" he said after the match.

"The last four overs that we bowled were immaculate. I haven't seen four overs like that bowled to a guy on 70-something off 50 balls and MS Dhoni, who can hit any ball out of the park. For them not to be able to get bat on ball, it showed the quality of our bowling and the hard work and planning that had been done ahead of the game” he added, pointing out it was that unbelievable death bowling which earned them glory.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, hailed widely as the greatest finisher in the game could manage just four singles off seven balls while Kholi who faced just eight balls in the last four overs, scored mere seven runs. Though an off colour Yuvraj Singh has been roundly criticised by all quarters for consuming 21 balls to make 11, the other batsmen did not fare much better in the final analysis. It was actually the stunning bowling performance by Sri Lankans that put shackles on free scoring Indians.

Indian skipper Dhoni also praised Sri Lankan bowlers. "The last four overs is a place where we really want to score as many as you can and that was an area where we couldn't capitalise. At the same time you have to give credit to the Sri Lankan bowlers. I think they executed their plans brilliantly. They were looking for wide yorkers and all the balls were perfect wide yorkers. I think they only bowled one wide or something. Other than that they were right on the mark, which made it further more difficult for our batsmen to score freely" He said.

Sri Lanka gave away a miserly 19 runs in the last four overs bowled by Sachitra Senanayake, Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara.

Sangakkara graciously diverted the spotlight away from himself and chose not to bask in the glory of the victory’s aftermath alone.

"It's not just about me or Mahela. It's about an entire squad, everyone who stands with you and behind you. We get noticed because it's our last game, but at the end of the day, everyone has played a part." He said.

Having played the last T20 International game of his chequered career, Sangakkara did not want to grab even the credit for his own achievements selfishly, insisting that several people were behind his success.

"You can never do anything alone. You may be the best batsman in the world or the best bowler in the world, but you can't do anything without support. At moments like this, you have to look back, reflect and be thankful for that support, because without that you wouldn't be here” Sangakkara said adding that was the perfect moment to call it a day.

"It's been an amazing journey. It's time to walk away, and to walk away like this is even better,"

Sangakkara said it was great see that the team won the world title for him and his good friend Mahela Jayawardene, but re-dedicated the win for the 20 million people of Sri Lanka.

"It's wonderful that the side wanted to win it for us. But there are 20 million other people to win for. It's not just about me or Mahela. It's about an entire squad, everyone who stands with you and behind you. We get noticed because it's our last game, but at the end of the day, everyone has played a part."
Sangakkara also revealed that he did not let himself become emotional over the fact that it was the last T20 game of his international career.

"Not till the end. I am a great believer that if you get emotional, you have to use it to your advantage. If not, then forget about being emotional. When we had 11 to get and I top-edged a boundary, I knew it was a couple of shots away, and with Thisara at the other end, it was a done deal.

"That's when I thought I could show some emotion. Sometimes you have to pump yourself up to get over the line. That's what happened today" he explained.

Asked if he believed the game owed that world title to them for all what he and Jayawardene contributed to the game over the years, Sangakkara asserted that the game was bigger than any individual.

"I don't think the game owes us, or any player, anything. Our job is to try and play it as best as we can and walk away, hopefully having made a positive impact. The game gives us the opportunities and it's up to us to try and take them," Sangakkara said.

"We had four opportunities before this, and today we took it. You need a bit of ability, luck, planning, execution. Also being at the right place at the right time," said Sangakkara summing up the world title win. (Channaka de Silva reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh)
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  • Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 07 April 2014 04:10 PM

    Malinga now you are a good captain, even Arjuna praised you and your team winning T20 World Champs title.

    Sammy Monday, 07 April 2014 04:13 PM

    I guess this would silence certain critics of Sri Lankan cricketers taking part in IPL. IPL has also enriched these cricketers in terms of wealth. Let's give the devil its due, even though I am not a big votary of IPL and such similar tournaments.

    Iron Lion Zion Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:28 AM

    At least he was honest. He may not be an eloquent diplomatic speaker. We have those in thousands,but only a handful of Great Bowlers. Class or no Class give the Man his due.

    Sasi Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:45 AM

    [quote name="kumar"]No winning team ever says they learnt the art of winning from
    someone else as it would remove lot of shine from the victory.
    Malinga is doing this at the expence of Sri Lankan cricketing
    reputation to justify he playing for the IPL and to please his
    IPL paymasters. Malinga may be a great bowler but he has no
    class.[/quote]


    Well said! Malinga wants to justify him playing for the IPL for hard cash. I wonder whether he gave off his best to win the Cup simply because he captained the team, and not for the country.

    Ceylonese Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:52 AM

    According to Malinga the opportunity to play in the IPL has backfired on India.

    ANTON Tuesday, 08 April 2014 01:03 AM

    THIS TIME NO ONE TALKED ABOUT MALINGA'S HAIR STYLE.

    Fair N Square Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:57 AM

    HOW can he say he learned EVERYTHING from playing in the IPL...? FOR him to be considered INITIALLY.. he had to be a good player without FACING or Balling a single ball at IPL. He MAY be one of the BEST ballers in the world currently.. HE lost his head.. HE forgot that HE played STREET cricket, he was spotted by SOMEONE iN SL. and thus coached him to BE WHO HE IS TODAY... He need to get his facts right and moreover, WE SAW Mahela and Sanga assisting in the field placings and even advicing Malinga.. He was ONLY a captain by paper, Mahela and Sanga with a lil chipping from Dilshan( 3 ex captains) were instrumental immensely. He should learn to be Humble when in Victory and graceful in defeat..

    smf Tuesday, 08 April 2014 06:56 AM

    Sanga and Mahela Sri Lanka and the cricketing world will miss you immensely .you have brought glory to our country with you gentlemanly qualities , trust and hope that you two will play your part on guiding cricket at a different level in the future

    Citizen Lk Tuesday, 08 April 2014 06:11 AM

    "..He did not forget to say that he learnt “almost everything” he knows, only through his IPL experience" so he came to the Sri Lankan team after going to IPL ? (Rather was selected to IPL bcos of what he did at Sri Lanka Cricket!) . Of course malinga's talent is unquesionably excellent, but he seems to forget the past. Sanga, Mahela you guys are a class above some others!

    lkboy Tuesday, 08 April 2014 06:30 AM

    then did we loose 2011 final also because IPL?

    ABC Tuesday, 08 April 2014 07:31 AM

    Money talks and does work via DM Android App

    Mondaya Tuesday, 08 April 2014 02:09 AM

    It's an excellent way of justifying going for the IPL, probably true at the very correct time.
    But IPL rubbish is destroying world cricket slowly & surely.
    Thanks Malinga for not trying to ball those wide yorkers for the Indians to practice at IPL, which is the whole idea behind the IPL.

    Cricketer Tuesday, 08 April 2014 07:44 AM

    Well said Malinga. A frank and honest admission. Give credit to those who deserve. via DM iPad app

    kumar Tuesday, 08 April 2014 02:15 AM

    No winning team ever says they learnt the art of winning from
    someone else as it would remove lot of shine from the victory.
    Malinga is doing this at the expence of Sri Lankan cricketing
    reputation to justify he playing for the IPL and to please his
    IPL paymasters. Malinga may be a great bowler but he has no
    class.

    thili Tuesday, 08 April 2014 02:43 AM

    Among all the praises, would like to highlight this,

    "It was only because that I had played in the IPL that I could manage" ~ Lasith Malinga

    "You can never do anything alone. You may be the best batsman in the world or the best bowler in the world, but you can't do anything without support." ~ Kumar Sangakkara.

    See the difference of the two players. Decision is with you guys..!
    Kumar, You are a great legend of cricket and definite ROLE MODEL for any type of a team and RESPECT U as always..!!

    Cheers!

    ManThillekerathne Tuesday, 08 April 2014 02:58 AM

    IPL=T20=Elle=Baseball=Useless=0

    Saman Tuesday, 08 April 2014 03:07 AM

    If IPL helped then India would have won. All of their players play in IPL. There is no need to promote IPL.

    Nafa Tuesday, 08 April 2014 12:53 PM

    this was excellent way of control the batting line up. and guys did you notice that prime minister did not come for giving victory cup. but if Indian win this game she had plan to to do this as bias to Indian. via DM Android App

    John S. Tuesday, 08 April 2014 01:40 PM

    Yes we have to give credit to IPL. We see great Improvement in Nuwan Kulasekera, Angelo Matthews, Thisara, Ranga etc, after playing for IPL. IPL brings in the Best Coaches and the Players in the world. It's a university for Cricketers. Perhaps Malinga would have learnt a lot from IPL on Indian crickerers. Anyway great for our guys who won T20.

    rashmi Tuesday, 08 April 2014 08:08 AM

    funny, India is benefited most from IPL but they couldn't win. it is illogical !

    solico Tuesday, 08 April 2014 04:00 AM

    you mean to say that non of the Srilankan coaches did any thing to you after picking you from the village.

    Livespirit Tuesday, 08 April 2014 01:55 PM

    we are missing two legends Sangakara and Jayawardane. No body can replace their position :-(

    Jane Tuesday, 08 April 2014 04:15 AM

    Sanga and Mahela, goodbye gentlemen, you are now history and will be remembered by generations for your contributions to cricket world !

    patriot Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:58 AM

    reserved his place in the IPL for the years to come. via DM Android App

    Noah Don Tuesday, 08 April 2014 04:28 AM

    SL players have no choice but to play in the IPL because and like the rest of the country SL cricket is in poverty mode.

    Udaya Tuesday, 08 April 2014 04:41 AM

    Malinga was brilliant, but should also learn a few more things as an international player.
    Improve your batting and more importantly fielding.
    And learn to be humble - take a cue form Sanga.

    clueless Monday, 07 April 2014 09:33 PM

    Malinga check your stars. looks like your golden period has started. you should even lead the one day team for the next world cup.

    Fuzzy Monday, 07 April 2014 09:11 PM

    Two great gentlemen. They will b sadly missed by millions all over the world. via DM Android App

    Dammika Monday, 07 April 2014 03:49 PM

    Malinga .. I think this is an excellent way of putting things together ... Indians and critics will have to hide and will be difficult to digest


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