Mar 05, 2018

What more can I do to prove myself? - Malinga

“What baffles me most is how I was not even good enough to be among the 20-man squad named,” reflects Sri Lanka's ace pacer - Lasith Malinga.

He was speaking to media over being overlooked for the tri-nation Nidahas Trophy squad involving Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. .

“Leave aside all I have done over the last 14 years as a cricketer for this country, I was the second highest wicket taker in the domestic T20 tournament at the time of selection being made. What more can I do to prove myself?"

While his pace seems to have diminished, Malinga has returned impressive figures for NCC during the ongoing T20 tournament - claiming eight wickets in his first three matches at an average of 10.62.

He was, however, without wickets in his last match played against Ragama CC on March 1.

“I am not talking about 50-over cricket but T20," he continued. "I can understand them not considering me for 50-overs as the workload is a bit high but in T20 cricket all you need is to bowl four overs and field for 20 overs which I have done and proven. I really don’t know what more I have to do to impress the selectors."

"Since the new selectors took over, I have not played a single game for my country... How can anyone decide whether I am good or bad without giving me the opportunity? What yardstick do they use to assess my performance?, he added.

“I have at least two years of cricket left in me and now I was enlisted by Mumbai Indians to be their bowling mentor which I am very proud of," he had further said.

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(Excerpts : Sunday Times)