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I am scared to bowl to Pandya at World Cup: Malinga

16 April 2019 05:03 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga said he would be scared to bowl to Hardik Pandya at the World Cup, Indian media reported.
"I am very scared to bowl to him at the World Cup. If I play the World Cup against him, I will be really scared to bowl to him because we know he is in really good touch now," Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga told MI TV after the match against RCB. Malinga was awarded the man of the match for his 4/31 in the game played at Wankhede Stadium.

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma also praised Pandya for his phenomenal form and said the all-rounder has been driven by a desire "prove a point to himself", more than anyone else.

The all-rounder is averaging a healthy 46.50 and has a strike rate of over 190 in the eight matches he has played this season. "His (Hardik's) hitting has been helping the team and him as well to move forward. This is something he wanted to do because he didn't have a lot of time before coming to the IPL," Rohit said after Monday's match. "So he wanted to prove a point with bat and ball, to himself more than anyone else. The way he is hitting it gives us confidence as a team that there is someone who can hit that well at the end and win crucial games."

His unbeaten knock of 16-ball 37 made the run chase look ridiculously easy for Mumbai Indians. The flamboyant Baroda all-rounder's good run in the IPL gives a major shot in the arm to Indian cricket team's World Cup preparations.

Bowlers would be wary of his batting exploits in the World Cup as well if the right-handed batsman carries his form in the World Cup.

  Comments - 9

  • Dee Tuesday, 16 April 2019 05:24 PM

    The 'Roar' of a lion!

    Unchikun Tuesday, 16 April 2019 05:59 PM

    No problem boy. I played softball cricket in our back yard and down the lane. You may bowl to me with confidence and I too will face you with confidence.

    Krishna Tuesday, 16 April 2019 06:05 PM

    With this comment we have already lost the World cup, this shows the confidence of our one day captain and the leading bowler.

    De Silva Tuesday, 16 April 2019 07:20 PM

    If so he should not be selected

    Moorthy Tuesday, 16 April 2019 07:38 PM

    You are lucky not to bowl against the people like Thissara on his good day.He cant be compared with anybody.Lets hope our heroes perform well in WC.

    Venom Wednesday, 17 April 2019 07:36 AM

    More likely a squeak of a hikmeeya, Dee. Players don't usually go around saying negative things like this even if it's their personal fears!!!

    Jude Wednesday, 17 April 2019 08:33 AM

    This kind of comments NOT going thrill your Fans !!

    Roshanaly Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:10 AM

    Selectors should drop him immediately from the team. He lost his confidence.

    Adrian Wednesday, 17 April 2019 01:17 PM

    Please for Gods sake STOP BOWLING AT ALL.You will do us a great favour.


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