Lasith Malinga on the comeback trail after injury is making some serious progress at the Indian Premier League.
For the second game in a row he bowled a magnificent spell troubling and restricting Hyderbad’s Deccan Chargers this time.
Malinga has steadily increased his speeds, starting the tournament bowling around the 135K mark, Malinga is now clocking the 140KM/H mark. In the tour to New Zealand in 06/07, Lasith was recorded bowling at speeds between150 – 155KM/H. Which would gives us a clue that he is gradually returning to top form.
The Yorker with a hint of reverse swing, coupled with a deceptive slower ball, and a bouncer coming at you at 140K’s – delivered at a lower trajectory than most – is deadly dangerous regardless of which format of the game is being played.
“He will make any line up going into the ICC T20 World Cup in England,” quipped Robin Jackman, the former England and Surrey fast bowler, as he watched Malinga bowl in the first match of the tournament. (Video)
Sri Lanka Cricket will no longer be excused for leaving him out of any Sri Lankan line up.
He is without a doubt fit and too talented to be left out under any circumstance.
Hilal’s Blog post on the 10th of January stated the following:
International cricket however may still be some time away as Sri Lanka Cricket has requested that Malinga play several first class matches in order to regain form before being considered for national selection.
Malinga’s form should no longer be a matter to question; if he is fit he should be included in any Sri Lankan line up. He is faster, more accurate, and more lethal than Dilhara Fernando could ever be.