Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2012, Mumbai

Attacking Malinga a mistake - Owais Shah

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 12, 2012

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Rajasthan Royals batsman Owais Shah says his decision to attack Mumbai Indians fast bowler Lasith Malinga during their match on Wednesday was a "mistake". Shah was bowled by a Malinga yorker in the bowler's penultimate over and his dismissal left Royals needing 64 off 35 balls. They fell 27 short

Royals, who were chasing 198, had lost their way at the start with Rahul Dravid falling for 3 and Shreevats Goswami without scoring. Shah kept the chase going by attacking the Mumbai Indians bowlers from the start but was dismissed in the 15th over. Royals eventually went on to suffer their first defeat of the season.

"I made a mistake by not playing out Lasith Malinga, who is very dangerous," Shah said after the game. "I didn't have to play too many shots against him. Maybe I should have stuck around and seen Malinga off and then tried to attack the other bowlers. Malinga has a lethal yorker. I made a mistake and I'm quite happy to hold my hand up and say - next time I won't make that mistake.

"At the end of the day we didn't win, so my efforts were useless. I tried my best to get the team to win the game and to get the team as close as possible. But the best players take you all the way, so something that was missing was the finishing touch."

Shah is playing for Royals this year after having been part of Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and KochiTuskers Kerala in previous IPL seasons. However, this is the first time Shah has had a regular run in the XI, having been on the bench regularly in previous years. He's scored 14 not out, 23 not out and 76 in three innings for Royals.

"This is the first time I've had much of a chance, this is the first time I've played in an IPL team. I actually feel like I'm having a proper run in a side now," Shah said. "I didn't really play for Delhi , when I was there, I played four games for Kolkata Knight Riders. I played three games for Kochi last year, so I've hardly played."

Royals have played three matches in IPL 2012, winning their first two before losing to Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium.

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Posted by   on (April 15, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

I hope he makes his way back into the english side... considering his form, I would not be surprised he actally does soon. He is among the current few english batsman who hit the bally cleanly...

Posted by Kyle_Jones235 on (April 14, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

Wow a guy has one bad series and everyone saying he plays bad for his country? What about the countless other times he has won matches for SL? Do you just forget about that? Even really good bowlers go out of form from time to time, and that is what happened. Malinga will be back in future ODI/t20 series.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

Sri Lankan should proud of Malinga. I am not agree with that he is underperforming when playing for SL. He is the only bowler with three hatrics with a worldcup double hatirc (4 wickets). All have good series and bad. CB is a bad series for him. Lets be fair. He is a human. Not a super human

Posted by 50_20 on (April 13, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

against mumbai indians you can afford 4 overs with 5 or 6 runs that of Malinga and attack the rest of the ballers.

Posted by   on (April 13, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

m really happy tht shah has realized his mistake....well played shah u always a hero....gud luck

Posted by vinayjayaram on (April 13, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

Well played Owais and RR..Hallo Bol..even though you lost, we are proud of you..

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (April 13, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

Malinga is a match winner for MI. Not for his country...

Posted by vivekjagan on (April 13, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

@ravi menon one can easily say that malinga has not shown dis much enthusiasm while playing for sl..he retired stating his injury concern frm tests fr ipl..and i ve never seen malinga bowling many yorkers as he normally does fr mumbai indians...he s a good player but ipl comes first fr him ,..even sl players know dis

Posted by   on (April 13, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Absolute Correct Mr Shah!! He Is The Deadly Srilankan!! Well Played Shah!!

Posted by ravimenon on (April 13, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

I dont know why my fellow SRI LANKANS are upset with Malinga. Lanka's most of the ODI and T20 wins were provided by Malinga/Murali and to a certain extent Vaas. In fact more than their batsman. Except may be last CB series where he was a bit below par but still better than other Sri Lankan bowlers. This is like Indian blaming Sachin for India's loss. Indian normally say when Sachin scores century India loss, But they never look to statistics. Indian won 53 matches of sachin's 100 matches and lost only about 25. Same is the case of Malinga, He is realy match winner for Sri Lanka and he is the only match winning bowler in Lanka. Other bowlers win odd matches but not regularly. When Murali was there, there was no doubt about Lank's capability in winning matches in Lanaka. But now, the present Australian team, England are all winning. At least when Malinga is there they have a chance in ODI & T20

Posted by   on (April 13, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Thats ridiculous when people said Malinga play well for Mumbai and does less when playing for Sri Lanka. They have to accept that in a IPL team, only 2-3 good batsmens and others are gargabes found from India and Australia. When he plays against those garbages, he is definetely a different player. You should be blind if you dont know that. We see many including Gayle does brilliently in domestic T20s but not when playing for the country, thats because you play against best 11 in a country. Here, at most you will get 4 in a team. At least, now you will realise you are just jalous about him, thats why you say like you do.

Posted by Lankan_Pride1981 on (April 13, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

Shah you can attack him if he was playing for sri lanka. he is a different bowler when playing for the IPL. in international scene he is below par. Shah i hope you will get a recall from england you are brilliant

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (April 13, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

Malinga should move to India and become that fast bowler they were looking for. He seems to do better for the [Mumbai] Indians than he does for the Lankans. Lets see if his IPL form will hold up in this year's T20 WC

Posted by rbond on (April 13, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

@Ramprasad Rajaraman It hurts when team you support defeated. But don't be too harsh on the MI players. RR is doing good they will bounce back. It's long way to go just sit back and enjoy the games. MI fan.

Posted by trinimystry on (April 12, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

you know royals have scored over 160 in each game so far 191,164,170 thats someting to be proud off just the bowling needs some strength when watson arrives that would be the missing link in the bowling

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (April 12, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

@Houston: Well he was in the middle of some huge names last season that made him sit out ,but not this time .

Posted by Sageleaf on (April 12, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

It shows and proves how best Malinga can bowl in IPL and not for his country. Its sad. He is no doubt a great bowler but your country comes first.

Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Great cricketer......want to see you in the same role for Rajasthan Royals.

Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

i will b a shocker if england are not going to select shah for the world t20 after a brilliant run for Hobart in BBL and now in ipl

Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

U r right,i 2 gt confused by this. Some action must be taken

Posted by Sano27 on (April 12, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

obviously shah is one of the most gifted stroke maker but dint have that much logic behind......if he use his brain wisely against quality bowlers he might reach great heights....!

Posted by WPDDESILVA on (April 12, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

Malinga : Where were your lethal yorkers when Sri Lanka needed the most!? You should play for India.

Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

get chandimal into the team..

Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Its a shame Owais Shah hasnt had a proper run in previous IPL seasons because he is a tru talent and a matchwinner

Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

Yesterday's match was on RR's pocket. Shah wicket is key, but after that also, they are closing in. Biased umpiring from the umpires, where a 2 no balls from munaf in the penultimate over, waist high was called a legal delivery. Soon after a wide has not been given and in malinga's last over a wide has been denied. MI's shamelessly broke the spirit of the game in their previous match and yesterday the umpires helped them to overstep the spirit. Only team which is playing not with the spirit of the game in this IPL 5 is MI. Shame on you players.

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