There was something very evident in Sri Lanka’s recent 2-0 Test drubbing at the hands of India. It was the lack of a bowler who could completely take the pitch out of the equation. Muralitharan can be that bowler, but on dull, low wickets in India even Muralitharan looks ordinary. And indeed, Muralitharan’s figures in India show how ineffective he has been there.
In Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka has a bowler who can clock the 150 KM/H mark. A bowler who has a yorker as lethal as the two W’s. Unfortunately someone in the Sri Lankan camp feels he is not quite ready for test cricket.
Malinga is 100% physically fit, but he has been sidelined in the longer version of the game due to ridiculous reasons.
This is what the coach of NCC had to say to The Nation about the prospects of Malinga returning to test cricket,
“It’s hard to say if he will get back to the Test side very soon. With the pace he bowled he needs to play more 3-day matches before finding the correct rhythm to play in a five-day Test. It is difficult to say if he will make it back very soon but his fitness is good enough to play Test cricket,” said Devapriya.
Since recovering from an injury which saw him out of cricket for 15 months, Malinga played through an entire season for the Indian Premier League. He has also featured in several ODIs and T20s for Sri Lanka.
“We have spoken to the physio (Tommy Simsek) and he has said that Malinga’s hasn’t had enough bowling in four-day cricket to be ready for Test cricket, said Sangakkara speaking to The Nation.
The bloke is fit enough to field for 20 overs, bowl four overs in the T20 format, and he is also picked for ODIs where he fields for 50 overs and bowls ten. So, let me get this straight, the only thing keeping him from being a regular fixture is the fact that Tommy Simsek thinks he hasn’t played enough four day cricket?
Sorry, I’m not buying it.