The Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga has just completed his 300 wickets by capturing the Indian Skipper Virat Kohli where he captained the Sri Lanka side in Colombo on the fourth match of the series.
Despite making the record of being the only Sri Lankan bowler to achieve 300 wickets in ODIs he couldn’t stop his team from a massive 168 runs defeat to a 4-0 down to the series with one match to go.
After suffering a knee injury for 19 months he has made his return to international cricket. However, he is not making himself quite comfortable in the wicket. Till now he has achieved just 9 wickets in 12 matches.
“I’m playing after 19 months following a leg injury,” said Malinga.
“In the Zimbabwe and India series I couldn’t play well. I’ll see where I’m 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. I’ll see if I can make up for that 19 months and regain my 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,” he added.
Malinga pointed out Sri Lanka suffering for lack of experience among cricketers. “When you look at other team, you can think about how many of their players have played a lot of matches. If you take our 11 cricketers, how many ODIs have they played? I think we are lacking experience.”
“Except for Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne and myself, others have played very little. That’s why when a difficult situation comes and we’re playing against a good team, we find it hard to come out of that. Now we need to give these guys a place and experience until 2019. We need to be patient,” he said.
The 168-run defeat was Sri Lanka’s heaviest loss at home.
“In our earlier teams, you had players who had played 100 ODIs, or at least 50 ODIs. We need that. Every other team in the world has that experience in their side. We need to get there. We need to give the young players some more matches and get them to the place we need them to be. That’s what’s important,” Malinga fused.