Sri Lanka slinger Pathirana to be World Cup ‘X Factor’, says coach

Sri Lanka fast bowler Matheesha Pathirana was backed by coach Chris Silverwood to be the ‘X Factor’ at the World Cup. The 20-year-old, dubbed ‘Baby Malinga’ for his copycat style of compatriot Lasith Malinga’s unorthodox action, has only played 10 ODIs and one T20 but is tipped to be amongst the tournament’s breakout stars.

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