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Malinga impresses at the Big Bash in Australia


By Staff Writers | December 20, 2012

Lasith Malinga is currently the BBL’s highest wicket-taker. © AFP

Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins has said that Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who is currently in Australia playing in the Big Bash League, is the best T20 bowler in the world.

Malinga, one of the most sought-after players in T20 leagues across the globe, has been a prized possession for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. The Sri Lankan seamer was retained by the IPL team in successive auctions, and is rumoured to be earning in excess of a million US dollars for just a few weeks of cricket in the IPL every year.

The 29-year-old slinger was recruited by the Melbourne Stars to play in Australia’s premier domestic T20 tournament this year. He is currently the tournament’s highest wicket-taker, with eight wickets at an astonishing 5.75 apiece and an economy rate of under four runs-per-over, after his first three games of the tournament.

"I think he would be the [best T20 bowler in the world]," Cummins said of Malinga. "The two hardest times to bowl is the first six overs and last few overs, and he bowls there every game and does a ridiculous job.

"He nails the yorker, you know he’s going to bowl it, but he nails it every time. And his slower-ball is about the best in the world. It’s a pretty simple recipe, but he does it well."

The Stars still have five matches remaining in this year’s tournament, including tonight’s clash against the Sydney Sixers, which will no doubt allow Malinga to continue his amazing run.

© Island Cricket

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