'They don’t wake up with sore knees every morning like I do' – Malinga

February 10, 2011

In an exclusive interview with Island Cricket, Lasith Malinga explains why he may not play another Test match for Sri Lanka again.

Lasith Malinga
AFP PHOTO/Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI

Why are you unable to play Test cricket but not ODIs and Twenty20s?

I missed the last Test series against West Indies because the team management decided not to risk aggravating my knee problems before the World Cup.

Test cricket or 3 - 4 day cricket places a much bigger strain on my knees because I have to be able to bowl a minimum of 15-20 overs in a day, on consecutive days. And in Test cricket, these days, you also have to play back to back games.

When I returned from injury, I started with T20 cricket and then moved to ODI cricket, which gave me some recovery time to get over the soreness.

Test cricket is far tougher physically and these days there are a lot more Test matches than there were before.

How well did your knee hold up when you last played a Test match?

It took me about two months to physically recover and completely get over the soreness, after the India series.

You have stated that you will be assessing your Test career after the World Cup.

Yes, I need to carefully consider what is best for me and Sri Lanka. I love Test cricket. And we have some great series coming up against England, Australia and South Africa. But recent tests in November showed that there is a lot of wear and tear under my right knee cap and some thinning of the cartilage.

The doctors have said that I will always have sore knees and the more cricket I play the more they will degenerate. So, I need to sit with the selectors and team management to work out how best to plan my career – do I risk playing all three formats right now, or do we try and extend my career a couple of years by playing just ODI’s and T20 games.

What would you like to say to those who don't agree with your move? Some feel Test cricket should be given more prominence than Twenty20s and ODIs.

They don’t wake up with sore knees every morning like I do and they did not spend over a year worrying whether I would ever be able to bowl again!

It is not a question of whether Test cricket is more or less important. It is a question of what is physically possible and what the team feels is the most sensible thing to do.

Sri Lanka has a busy Test schedule this year; is it safe to say that you won't be a part of it?

I don’t know. Let’s see how the World Cup goes and then I will sit down with the captain, new coach and selectors.

© Island Cricket.

Comments

Jagath Perera's picture
Member since:
7 April 2010
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7 weeks 3 days

With his type of action you always knew he wont last. Poor guy.

Anonymous's picture

What happened I thought miracle doctor Dr. White healed him supernaturally??

Sujan's picture
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27 December 2008
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2 days 21 hours

Thanks for the interview!

SunJ's picture
Member since:
25 January 2010
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1 year 19 weeks

Doctor White is not a long term remedy,his tricks work only in the short term,Malinga is finding that out now,Many people have found this out already

Anonymous's picture

Malinga was able to come back thanks to Dr White who has helped many sportsman and ordinary people since Malinga. Please lets stop running down Dr White. If he is not comfortable Malinga should stop playing Tests then at least he shall be available for one dayers &20/20s.

Ryan's picture
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20 November 2008
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1 week 1 day

Test cricket just doesn't pay enough. Sadly, the game was always poorly marketed to the people. Cricket officials always focused on the shorter versions, ignoring Test cricket.

John's picture

What about poor nutrition when growing up as a village lad, physical training in the early years ? He did swimming a lot but thats just the upper body. Today for example in Australia a cricketer is an athlete first..There is nutrition, high tech physical training from the early years..So there body is stronger for sports.

Sri Lankan lads don't have that. It shows up later

Marcian's picture
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8 December 2010
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22 weeks 15 hours

Thats true, Ryan! But T20 and ODI's generate mega bucks, so cant really blame ICC. Having said that I'm a purist and dont watch the razzmatazz of IPL - it will ruin TEST match cricket in the future. There will always be a market for ODI's, in my opinion!

Lasith Malinga was bound to break down sooner or later with his awkward action. It's wise if he limits himself to the shorter formats.

"When one door closes another door opens": enter Shaminda Eranga, really exciting to watch him bowl.

Anonymous's picture

Stupid decision..just 100 Test wickets...history wont ever remember him for his performances for Mumbai Indians or in ODIs/T20s. Bad move. He has already made enough money.

Udaya's picture

We have a busy year this year. We can end up at the bottom of the rankings without Malinga and Muralitharan to take 20 wickets. Malinga should cut back ODIs, T20s and IPL and focus on Tests.

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