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Twilight – a shade Slinger Malinga never sights

“Can you blame the captain for going to the middle with a bunch of cricketers who can’t bat the full 50-overs in a game or take wickets to win a match?”

“If you can’t take wickets or score runs, it’s not anyone’s faults but yours. What happens now is they pass the buck to someone else in order to save their face. I take the responsibility for all my actions and I am not sacred to call a spade a spade,”

“There are some players and coaches who didn’t want me as captain and I know they worked really hard to get me out,”

“I don’t know anyone in the selection committee, not anyone at the Board. I have not been to a posh school. But my performance speaks for what I am. I can proudly stand on my own and be happy. At the end of the day, this is all what you need.”

With over 15 years of international experience, I know how to handle a team in the middle.But I can’t teach them to score runs or take wickets. That responsibility lies with them. Can you blame the captain for going to the middle with a bunch of cricketers who can’t bat the full 50-overs in a game or take wickets to win a match?”

“I have seen people coming out at press conferences and claiming they have done so much to develop the game but where are we today? This is the bitter truth that many people don’t want to hear and see, but the truth I have spoken right through.”

I have spoken of match-fixing and pitch-fixing in the past. But they dismissed this and put me out of the team for one-and-a-half years. Today, the whole world talks about it. There are ongoing investigations. I know I have spoken the truth. I don’t care who leads the side. If I take wickets, I will remain in the side and I have proven it over and over again. I trust no one but my skills.”

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  1. It’s hard to keep a quality act down and now a fit again Malinga is showing his class. A lot of us (me included) had written him off and never thought he would last 10 over spells. Not only has he but also bowling really well in key wickets in both wins. Against Eng, he was back to his best and full credit to the great man.

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