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I learnt a lot from watching Waqar and Wasim - Malinga

Sa'adi Thawfeeq in Colombo

March 1, 2011

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Peter Ongondo fails to keep out Lasith Malinga's yorker, Sri Lanka v Kenya, Group A, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 1, 2011
The Kenya batsmen had no answer for Lasith Malinga's swinging yorkers © AFP
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Sri Lanka fast bowler, Lasith Malinga, who became the first bowler in World Cup history to take two hat-tricks, has said that he learnt to bowl his deadly yorkers by watching Pakistan's legendary pair of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Malinga ran through the hapless Kenya batting to take a career best 6 for 38 runs, and pick up the Man-of-the-Match award, as the opposition crumbled under his assault for a mere 142 runs.

"This is a slow pitch and bouncers will not work so I decided to go for yorkers," Malinga said. "I didn't have any idea of how to bowl a yorker when I first came into the national team but I was taught how to bowl them by Champaka Ramanayake and Rumesh Ratnayake (two former Sri Lanka fast bowlers).

"I also watched Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis bowl and I learnt a lot from them."

Malinga missed his side's opening two matches with a sore back, but came back strongly to take the wickets of Tanmay Mishra, Peter Ongondo and Shem Ngoche with successive, full, swinging deliveries, with the latter two having their stumps rearranged. His hat-trick was spread over two overs - the last ball of his seventh and the first two balls of his eighth. In all, four of his six victims were bowled and the two others were trapped lbw.

In the 2007 World Cup, Malinga grabbed the headlines with four in a row against South Africa at Guyana. "I rate the performance in South Africa with four wickets in four balls as the best. But I am happy that I got six wickets today which was my career best."

Malinga stated that he could have played in the second match against Pakistan but did not on the advice of the team physio, Tommy Simsek. "I was sad and also lazy when I was not playing the first two matches. I didn't play because I was not fully recovered."

He said that he was happy to perform the way he did in front of the Sri Lankan public. "I didn't have much hopes to play for a long time when I was coming to cricket. My only aim was to contribute as much as I can to the team whenever I play for them. I will give my 100 percent in whatever the game I participate. That makes me happy.

"I have played for the national team for the past seven years. A lot of people have said that I would not be able to play for a long time (due to injury concerns). But I am happy to have played for the last seven years."

Contemplating his future the 27-year-old fast bowler said, "I don't know how long I could play, but I am happy to contribute to the team whenever I play. I believe I can still play Test cricket after considering my injury concerns. When I feel that I can't do anything for the team, I will happily retire."

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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 4, 2011, 16:59 GMT)

Who knows, some day "M" may e better than two "W"s

Posted by Ted on (March 3, 2011, 13:44 GMT)

Can you imagine what would have been the result, if he was allowed to play against Pakistan? BTW he didn't have any back injury or prolonging "sore back" as such. According to the comments made by coach he just had a slight strain couple of weeks ago while picking a cricket ball and nothing to do with his recovered knee injury. He was fit to play against Pakistan, although NOT SELECTED (according to Malinga's own comments in Sinhala at the award ceremony). I think he missed first two games due to unfortunate selection "ambiguity" prevailing in SL, rather than anything else..!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 3, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

I'm a Pakistani fan but if we don't win it, I'll support SriLanka brotherly nation to get the cup. I'm really happy to see Malinga acknowledging that he learnt the art from the Kings of Swing. Nowadays, people don't do that anymore. Good luck Malinga and Lanka... :)

Posted by Sampath on (March 3, 2011, 5:38 GMT)

I think malinga is better than waqar..

Posted by cricket on (March 3, 2011, 2:28 GMT)

Malinga's recognition is truly appreciated and should send a message to the less talented Zaheer Khan who never swung the ball before Wasim taught him, and yet he never mentions it anywhere...Pakistan may have the best fast ballers in the game's history, but Sri Lanka surly have the best spinner ( at least one of the two) in Murli, meanwhile INdia's fastest bowler ever reached 122 KHM...

Posted by Moha on (March 2, 2011, 23:02 GMT)

I don't understand why people are scolding Maling. He never said that He is like Waqar or Wasim. He said that he learned something from them and what is wrong with that?. Any fast bowler in the world would definitely like to learn from these two legends so does Maliga (I would even like take Wasim as our bowling coach ). But every one should accept that Malinga is the best fast bowler in the world (Styrn is good; but Maliga is way better than Styrn for sure). Even Waqar said he enjoys Malnga's yorkers (This is more than enough to justify his bowling).

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 2, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

Best of luck Malinga! You are a worthy successor to the two W's...:)

Posted by ashok on (March 2, 2011, 11:18 GMT)

IND VS PAK OR OND VS SL is going to be the most exiting final...

Posted by Shorjail Ahmad on (March 2, 2011, 8:18 GMT)

About Wasim And WaQar they were the Best bowlers in the history of cricket as Pair and single either , But i dont think malinga is such kinda bowler and i dont know how he takes wickets i think i should accept him as a bowler because i dont think Malinga is a bowler i guess he is a fielder who throw the ball from very short distance and there is`nt any comparission of Malinga and Vaas , on the other hand Sirilankan Team i Wish You good Luck because whenever we got any kinda problem about cricket , a huge favor has is given by Sirilanka.

Posted by Mohamed on (March 2, 2011, 8:13 GMT)

I'm a Sri Lanka. I love our Cricket. Malinga is an unevitable player in the team. but unfortunately he gets injuries often. We need our country to deserve the trophy. yes we can. No doubt he is a world class bowler. To become a world class bowler has to learn from world class role models. Thats what he has done in his cricket. Wasim and waqar are really world class bowlers.

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