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ICC World Cup 2019; One last hope for Lasith Malinga and Sri Lanka

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Lasith Malinga is one of the most experienced players in the World Cup 2019 but it does not seem to have any impact on this Sri Lankan fast bowler and he is ready to prove his critics wrong. Malinga had to leave the captaincy of Sri Lankan ODI team in April due to eight consecutive losses of team Sri Lanka. The selection committee, headed by former fast bowler Asantha Dalmel, believed that Malinga failed to unite the team. They are also accused of not having good relations with other some senior players.

Malinga was disappointed with this and according to the reports, he was considering retiring, but after the selection in the World Cup team, he deferred his decision. This 35-year-old fast bowler proved to be the oldest player in the Indian Premier League with 16 wickets from Mumbai Indians.

He showed his excellent bowling in the final over against Chennai Super Kings, which helped Mumbai to win the IPL title for the fourth time. Returning to his form for Sri Lanka this is a good sign before the World Cup starting from 30 May.

There are many inexperienced bowlers in the Sri Lankan team and in such a way that Malinga, who has been taken 322 ODI wickets, will be the leader of the team’s attack. Malinga, the first leading target of new captain Karunaratne, will be to forget the previous things and connect the team again so that Sri Lanka can do the best.

Lasith Malinga has also made some memorable performances in the World Cup. He spread sensation by taking four wickets in four balls against South Africa in World Cup 2007.

Lasith Malinga performances at ICC World Cup Event

After that, he again took a hat-trick against Kenya in 2011. His first spell in the final against India was dangerous when he quickly dismissed Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.

If Sri Lanka is thinking about to repeat the history of 1996, then Malinga should be fit and in form. And yes we all know that this orld cup is Malinga’s probably the last World Cup.

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