Lasith Malinga in a surprisingly new role. Find out what
Lasith Malinga, veteran Sri Lanka pacer, had to resort to spin to take wickets in a local game.cricket Updated: Nov 01, 2017 13:18 IST
Usually known for his tow-crushing yorkers that choke batsmen from scoring runs at the death or send them back to the pavilion, Lasith Malinga tried his hand at off-spin in a recent domestic game back in Sri Lanka. And he just didn’t fare well, he picked up as many as three wickets!
Playing for Teejay Lanka against LB Finance in the final of the MCA knockout tournament, Malinga signed off, taking three wickets in his four overs while giving away just 24 runs in the process.
His wickets included that of Lakshan Rodrigo, Chathuranga Kumara and Anushka Perera. Rodrigo was the first of his wickets and was caught behind while he tried to go for a slog-sweep and ended up edging it behind.
Kumara’s wicket should be a memorable one for Malinga given that he cleaned bowled the right-hand batsman as he aimed for a big heave towards the cow corner of the ground. Instead, he missed and the ball hit the middle stump.
Malinga’s final wicket came a couple of overs later when Perera tried to hit him straight down the ground but only holed it to the fielder at long-off.
This isn’t the first time fast bowlers have opted to bowl spin. Manoj Prabhakar, Gurinder Sandhu, Sohail Tanvir and Colin Miller have all tried their hand at such antics, that too in international games.