Malinga ready to step down as Sri Lanka T20I captain
Sri Lanka pace spearhead Lasith Malinga said on Sunday (January 12) that he was ready to quit as Sri Lanka’s T20 captain. This statement comes following Sri Lanka’s humiliating 2-0 defeat at the hands of India in their recent foreign tour.
Returning from the series, Malinga told the reporters that his team was unable to make a good impact against India because they were simply not “good enough”.
The 36-year-old cricketer also added that his bowlers were not able to restrict the opponents while the batsmen of his own side too could not put up the 170 runs needed for creating a minimum chance in the last T20 game.
“I am ready any time. I am ready to quit,” said Malinga regarding the possibility of stepping down as the Sri Lanka shortest format captain.
It is to be noted that Malinga was the man to led Sri Lanka to their maiden World T20 title back in 2014, and he remained in charge until the early of 2016. The captaincy responsibility was once again bestowed upon him in December 2018, with Sri Lanka tottering at ninth position in the ranking.
Malinga’s latest post as a captain came somewhat as a surprise given the fact that he had already lost his spot in the team after recurring injuries.
The Sri Lankan newspapers are reporting that there has been a deep and serious internal conflict in the Sri Lanka dressing room, and hence it is just a matter of time before Malinga to give up captaincy.
Sri Lanka’s three-match T20I series against India ended with a 2-0 result in the host side’s favour, as they won the second and third match by seven wickets and 78 runs after the first match in Guwahati was abandoned due to rain.