August 9, 2012

Why Malinga is less dangerous now

The use of a new ball from either end in ODIs has made his yorker, bouncer and slower one easier to deal with
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Since his Test debut in 2004, Lasith Malinga has been one of the most discussed bowlers in international cricket, his unusual action causing great curiosity, though it has never been formally questioned. Like most players, Malinga is a product of his environment. His youth was spent playing tennis-ball cricket on the beach, where he adapted his skill and action to suit his environment, producing a delivery that limited the bounce a tennis ball produced, allowing him to hit the target.

The only time I faced Malinga was in a three-day warm-up match on India A's tour to Sri Lanka in 2002. On seeing his low-slung action, Gautam Gambhir and I realised we had to watch his hand closely and keenly, for there seemed to be very little conventional method to his bowling. He was generating disconcerting speed and bounce, and without any clues in his action about what line or length he'd achieve, our job remained tough. But because it was early in his career, he was still quite erratic, so both Gambhir and I managed to get centuries in that match. Malinga would go on to establish himself as one of the most dangerous bowlers in the world.

The trick to batting is to pick the line and length early, because it helps you get into the right positions. The only way to gauge the length is to focus on the point of release - the earlier the release, the fuller the ball. To judge the line, focus on the wrist and the bowler's position on the crease. If the wrist is tilted towards third man and the bowler is very close to the stumps, the educated guess is that the line will be around off stump, since the bowler is trying is to move the ball away from the batsman. If the wrist facing fine leg and the bowler is operating wide of the crease, the ball is likely to slant into the batsman. While the method to gauge length is foolproof, there are exceptions to the rule when judging line. Since there's hardly any time to react after the ball is delivered, most batsmen hedge their bets on following these principles, albeit with a hint of caution.

These rules are relatively easy to follow for orthodox bowlers, whose actions are more predictable, with their bowling arms close to the ear. As a batsman, it takes a lot of time to get used to watching Malinga's bowling hand from in front of the umpire's face.

His accuracy in bowling toe-crushing reverse-swinging yorkers, and ability to bowl bouncers and well-disguised slower ones, have been impressive. Unfortunately, like with most freak actions, after a few years in international cricket Malinga was exposed. Once the novelty wore off, batsmen found ways to judge line and length, and the level of difficulty reduced considerably.

But deception wasn't Malinga's only weapon. A good yorker or bouncer are still a tough delivery to counter. The flip side was that Malinga was at his best only when he bowled either of the two.

Today, because he doesn't hit the pitch with an upright seam consistently, his good-length balls aren't difficult to handle. In seam-friendly conditions, where even lesser bowlers thrive, Malinga finds it tough to be as effective, because since the ball doesn't land on the seam, it doesn't dart around enough. In 11 innings in the CB Series in Australia in February-March this year, Malinga took 18 wickets at 35, with an economy rate of above 6.

The introduction of a new ball from either end in an ODI innings since October 2011 has only compounded Malinga's problems. While he remains effective with the new ball, his performance dips considerably in the middle and death overs because neither ball gets old enough even towards the end of the innings.

Malinga's ODI stats before and since Oct 2011

Innings Wickets Avg SR Econ BBI
Before Oct 2011 90 149 25.03 30.4 4.93 6/38
Since Oct 1, 2011 33 51 31.07 33.5 5.55 5/54

His reverse-swinging toe-crushers are not finding their mark as consistently as they used to. Any quality bowler will confirm that it's far more difficult to find the blockhole with a newish ball as compared to an old one. Even when Malinga does find the target with the relatively new ball, the lack of reverse swing makes it easier for the batsman to get under it. His slower deliveries have also been affected by the rule. While earlier the offbreak variation of the slower ball would grip the surface and bounce a lot more off it, now the lack of grip off the pitch takes the sting away.

Over-wise break-up of Malinga's ODI bowling
Period First 15 - average ER/ SR 16-40 - average ER/ SR 41-50 - average ER/ SR
Before Oct 2011 36.32 4.57/ 47.67 23.12 4.60/ 30.12 17.21 6.21/ 16.61
Since Oct 1, 2011 29.05 4.94/ 35.29 53.41 5.62/ 57.0 20.31 6.29/ 19.37

Batsmen like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni have started to decipher Malinga's once-mysterious bowling with ease. Batsmen who stay low in their stance are better equipped to counter the lower trajectory of Malinga's deliveries. It also helps to shorten your backlift while dealing with reverse-swinging yorkers. Generally when batsmen sacrifice their backlift, they sacrifice power, but Kohli and Dhoni have the ability to generate enough bat speed, and thereby get power into their shots by flicking their wrists. They are also able to get the better of Malinga because they are good on the leg side, thanks to their strong wrists, and go deep inside the crease to get under his yorkers.

Top five run-getters against Malinga in ODIs
Batsman Runs Balls faced Dismissals
Gautam Gambhir 172 188 2
Virender Sehwag 160 151 3
Virat Kohli 147 128 1
Sachin Tendulkar 147 170 4
MS Dhoni 137 126 2

Malinga has pushed the boundaries of convention long enough to finally be admired and not admonished. Watching him in action has made me believe that cricket isn't entirely a batsman's game, after all. The introduction of two new balls in ODIs was expected to trouble the spinners, but it has adversely affected Malinga too. It would be a pity to see such a marvel go down, unless of course, he adds few more tricks to his bag.

With inputs from S Rajesh, ESPNcricinfo stats editor

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Out of the Blue, an account of Rajasthan's 2010-11 Ranji Trophy victory. His website is here and his Twitter feed here

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  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | August 10, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    @Thilanka Ranasinghe I am sure after getting humiliated over and over and over by India, this is the best you can come up with. Nothing to show on the cricket field, but a lot to show on cricinfo field !!

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | August 10, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    @Thilanka Ranasinghe Dude not too many people even consider Malinga to be a legal bowler. As Bishan Singh Bedi called Muralitharan a "javelin thrower", Malinga is not too far away.

  • POSTED BY on | August 10, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    I am sure Malinga's stats against indians will improve if he can play against them in more green bouncy wickets very often. But that's not going to happen as we play against each other in subcontinen flat pitches . In green wickets his bounces are deadly & hard to handle even for players like gilchrist who handle the bounce well.

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | August 10, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Interesting analysis. Nobody is trying to put down Malinga. Akash Chopra has tried to get into the nuts and bolts of Malinga's bowling and analyze Malinga's recent lack of success. Maybe part of the reason is that the Indians read him well.

  • POSTED BY Engee on | August 10, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Enjoyed Chopra's analysis and insights, but I feel this article was born of the need to fill real estate than anything more meaningful. Would Chopra have written such an article had Malinga ended up on the winning side with lot more wickets?

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | August 10, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    He provides a lot of entertainment does Malinga, and can be lethal once in a while. The Indians have played him a lot and the IPL is part of the reason he has become familiar. He provides too much pace for the comfort of the kind of shot making players like Dhoni and Kohli have. There won't be any more tricks coming out of him, for his uniqueness no longer counts, and he is not going to bowl without that, is he?

  • POSTED BY on | August 10, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    an Indian talks about Malinga and he tries to make malinga's mindset lame.Akash Chopra an Indian. Malinga has shown he get better against india than the past since last series. he got wickets and got bowled top batsmen of indian team by yorkers. Indian's jealousy is eternal because they have never produced a talented past bowler who can bowl over 150kmph and have never produced an athlete in world olympic arena unlike sri lanka.admit that sri lankans more stronger than indians.and Sri Lanka have fastest people in asia.malinga's bowling is developing against india and we saw it last series.Indians want to prevent his rising against india.

  • POSTED BY on | August 10, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    He's only struggled recently because he has played India a lot and they play him well, he will still do well against the other teams

  • POSTED BY on | August 10, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Statistics alone doesnt paint the full picture. International cricket isnt just India V Sri Lanka either. The anlalysis is true in painting a picture of where Malinga is at the moment, but most bowlers go through this, and the best adapt. Even Warne wasnt the powerhouse he was after many figured him out. The article could have done without your self promotion though.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | August 10, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Pretty good stat. After they took the old ball away and made it customary for 2 new balls in an ODI match, Malinga is not able to reverse swing as much (can't reverse with new ball) and his greatest weapon (reverse swinging yorkers) have been taken away

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | August 10, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    @Thilanka Ranasinghe I am sure after getting humiliated over and over and over by India, this is the best you can come up with. Nothing to show on the cricket field, but a lot to show on cricinfo field !!

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | August 10, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    @Thilanka Ranasinghe Dude not too many people even consider Malinga to be a legal bowler. As Bishan Singh Bedi called Muralitharan a "javelin thrower", Malinga is not too far away.

  • POSTED BY on | August 10, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    I am sure Malinga's stats against indians will improve if he can play against them in more green bouncy wickets very often. But that's not going to happen as we play against each other in subcontinen flat pitches . In green wickets his bounces are deadly & hard to handle even for players like gilchrist who handle the bounce well.

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | August 10, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Interesting analysis. Nobody is trying to put down Malinga. Akash Chopra has tried to get into the nuts and bolts of Malinga's bowling and analyze Malinga's recent lack of success. Maybe part of the reason is that the Indians read him well.

  • POSTED BY Engee on | August 10, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Enjoyed Chopra's analysis and insights, but I feel this article was born of the need to fill real estate than anything more meaningful. Would Chopra have written such an article had Malinga ended up on the winning side with lot more wickets?

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | August 10, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    He provides a lot of entertainment does Malinga, and can be lethal once in a while. The Indians have played him a lot and the IPL is part of the reason he has become familiar. He provides too much pace for the comfort of the kind of shot making players like Dhoni and Kohli have. There won't be any more tricks coming out of him, for his uniqueness no longer counts, and he is not going to bowl without that, is he?

  • POSTED BY on | August 10, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    an Indian talks about Malinga and he tries to make malinga's mindset lame.Akash Chopra an Indian. Malinga has shown he get better against india than the past since last series. he got wickets and got bowled top batsmen of indian team by yorkers. Indian's jealousy is eternal because they have never produced a talented past bowler who can bowl over 150kmph and have never produced an athlete in world olympic arena unlike sri lanka.admit that sri lankans more stronger than indians.and Sri Lanka have fastest people in asia.malinga's bowling is developing against india and we saw it last series.Indians want to prevent his rising against india.

  • POSTED BY on | August 10, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    He's only struggled recently because he has played India a lot and they play him well, he will still do well against the other teams

  • POSTED BY on | August 10, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Statistics alone doesnt paint the full picture. International cricket isnt just India V Sri Lanka either. The anlalysis is true in painting a picture of where Malinga is at the moment, but most bowlers go through this, and the best adapt. Even Warne wasnt the powerhouse he was after many figured him out. The article could have done without your self promotion though.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | August 10, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Pretty good stat. After they took the old ball away and made it customary for 2 new balls in an ODI match, Malinga is not able to reverse swing as much (can't reverse with new ball) and his greatest weapon (reverse swinging yorkers) have been taken away

  • POSTED BY on | August 10, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    Great analysis.. But I reckon he'll come up with new stuff.. the unorthodox action will allow him to do so too..

  • POSTED BY mukesh_LOVE.cricket on | August 9, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    malinga has definitely lost his edge , its clear for everyone who has seen him against India recently , apart from the reasons mentioned here there is also the IPL factor , batsmen who play IPL has faced him so many times in matches over 2 months that his novelty has gone. Take out reverse swing and add to it his inability to extract seam movement, its not really a surprise..

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    In the recent series against India, Malinga was the bowler, who took the wickets, whether it was at the start of the innings, middle or at the death. I could recall the way he got rid of MSD, Rohit in the middle of the Indian innings and got Gambhir bowled with the new bowl was class apart.

    To be at the top - bowlers have to add few tricks in their bag and he is experienced enough to do it. Whenever he comes to bowl, he creates ripples. Still, he is a force to reckon with. Writer's statistics are correct - but statistics doesn't reveal the true identity of the player. It is just a matter of time, if he remains fit he will bring smile to the Lanka's spectators faces.

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    @ Thomas Whopped …. Seriously when was that? Are you talking about CB series or last one? If talking about last one .Did you watch at least one match? Dude it was vey closely contest series and both teams played really well. Apart from one match. I think you didn't get my point .here Akash is trying to say that Malinga is less dangerous now but he has ignored some statistics that shows otherwise which is he one of best if not the best around. two balls or one ball he has performed really well and much better than others.

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    @MAK123, I am "not" a SL fan, but one should respect the bowling prowess of Malinga. Just because Indian batsmen scored runs against him, doesnt make him a spot fixing bowler or a sporting prostitute. He looks a man of integrity. Even Ajantha Mendis begun against India with much spectacular success than Malings..but later faded off, and begun leaking runs against India, does it make him a sporting prostitute too? Come on man! Respect the sports men, Is business for them. Who would want to ruin their business for a paltry short term gain? Respect my friend , Respect...SL didnt do good this series so what? Why dont they iron out their mistakes? Huh?

  • POSTED BY SL_kamal on | August 9, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    This may be Mr. Chopra's personal opinion. But it is obviouse that his opinion is very much a biased one. We'll let Malinga's ODI records speak: 1) Most wickets in 2012 (Even if he is having a bad year compared to his own standards). 2) Among current bowlers with more than 100 wickets, Malinga has the best strike rate. 3) Among current bowlers, Malinga is the fastest to 200 wickets. 4) Among current bowlers, Malinga has second most 4+ wicket hauls (11) behind only to Afridi (12) who has played 220 more matches.

    So, I think Mr. Chopra better choose a more meaningfull topic next time. We will see Malinga's performance during T20 world cup too.

  • POSTED BY sk12 on | August 9, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Some guys here say the 2 new balls is not the reason since he is much better in T20 cricket. Well Akash has stated that he is still good with the new ball, its only towards the end of the ODI innings has be been rendered ineffective. The article, btw, just states what everyone already knows.. Round-arm bowlers are more of cutters of the ball, not seamers. And India plays SL at the drop of a coin, and of course in IPL.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | August 9, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Another good article from Aaksh with indepth technical analysis. Suprised with some of the comments here that they feel this article is about demeaning this great bowler and praising India's batting. All Aakash is trying to do is analize the ineffectiveness of Maliga in recent times and the Indians getting the better of him as statistics have clearly shown. Maliga is a great bolwer and one of the best currently and not just SL but all cricket fans are proud of him. Personally, after getting hit for a boundry or an edge luckily going for four, he smiles. It takes a lot of heart to do that. That is were i love him most.

  • POSTED BY mrmonty on | August 9, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    I think batsmen that have done well against Malinga are of relatively short stature (Gambhir, Kohli, Tendulkar) and that helps them see the release point of the ball clearer than taller folks; thus predict the trajectory better. Malinga is and will be a threat for taller batsmen like Gayle, Cook, Hussey etc.

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Kumar Peiris

    Inspite of all your Malinga talk...Sri lanka did get whopped and Malinga had no effect on Indian batsmen maybe Rohit that is it

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | August 9, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Malinga has definitely lost his edge partly bacause the shock factor has worn out and parly because the batsman have worked him out. Most batsman take a while to workout how to deal with a particular bowler and the same happened to Ajanth Mendis but in a blink of an eye compared to Maliga. I also think Malinga tries to over do the yorker which can be a disaster it misses its mark. I think Malinga brought something way off the track in to the highest level of the game and its something SL are good at.

  • POSTED BY AK_25 on | August 9, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    The ones who picked up skills by watching the Australians play bounce, the English handle swing, the Indians use their feet to spin, the Pakistan and Sri Lankan spinners flight the ball, and the joy with which the West Indians play...its tell the alll story.....

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Purposely or not Akash has forgotten to mention that Maling is the height's wicket taker in 2012 and he was the highest wicket taker in that CB Series. So Maling has done well and stills he is one of best around. It would be better if Akash can analyze on some Indian fast bowlers who are in the latter part of list apart from there bowling all-rounder pathan.

  • POSTED BY yorkshire-86 on | August 9, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Top 5 run getters against Malinga - 5 Indians? Have they only played India in the period he is taking stats for? Wheres Bell, KP, Kallis, Amla, Cook, Ponting, Hussey, Warner, Chanderpaul et all?

  • POSTED BY zan_69 on | August 9, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    YOU see HIM in T20 world cup.

  • POSTED BY India_boy on | August 9, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    I have one simple explanation, in an analysis in the recent Ind-SL series, it mentioned that Malinga bowled 72% of his deliveries at a fuller length, 20% at good length and only 8% at shorter length. Now Indian batsmen are the worst when there are short of a length or shorter deliveries and are the best in the world when the ball pitches right upto them(specially MSD and Raina) and hence, predictably, Malinga gets thrashed around, he should, on average, reduce all his lines by about 20% to get the most benefit against us

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    This article is nothing but a "show off" from Akash chopra to reveal that he scored a century against Malinga. Im sure all of those runs you scored of Malinga must have been from inside and out edges...

  • POSTED BY MAK123 on | August 9, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    He is not effective only in case of Indian batsmen. And the reason for being hugely unsuccessful against Indian batting is none other than the IPL. Malinga is a commodity bought by IPL and he dare not bother the likes of Gambhir, Raina, Kohli or Dhoni. It seems as if every single ball he bowls to Indian batsmen is scripted, the line and length of which is pre-determined. No wonder then that extremely over-rated batsmen like Kohli whacks him to all parts of the ground. Look what wonders money can do...Malinga and some others are nothing but sporting prostitutes.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | August 9, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    As always, it was fun to read. Good analysis. Add the fact that Malinga, although missing tests, is playing a lot of cricket. These days he looks pretty tired. Fast bowling needs a lot of mental strength and he is below par on that. Sometimes he gets frustrated very soon and bowls some hit me deliveries and gets expensive.

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | August 9, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Good analysis. One must remember that bowlers like Malinga who add excitement to the game, are increasingly being discouraged by the ICC by frequent change of rules in favor of the batsman. He has been over exposed to Indians due to frequent IND vs SL matches. in any case Indians are the best ODI batsman for sure, so Malinga's stats must be badly affected by these. Also he is only bowling in power-plays and batsman score many runs via inside edges and thick outside edges (stats never speak about these).

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Well cricket is played in every corner of Sri Lanka under variety of different conditions.Different objects are being used for bats, balls and wickets and it has never been a formal game among ordinary folks. Malinga is a unique product of this culture. We always criticize cricket admin. In this instance hats off to them as they correctly identified his talent and nurtured him. Every star has ups and downs and Malinga is no exception.However,he will be fondly remembered one day because of his greatness and unique action.

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    okay Mr.Aakash Chopra, I'll see your face after the end of T20 world.

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    There are other few science things you can explain in Malinga's bowling which differs with other upright bowlers. And you could have tried to compare these above stats with another 10-15 top fast bowlers and you should have analysed all other batsmen who have faced Malinga more than 100 balls. I accept the fact that Dhoni and Kholi have a good wrist and they play Malinga with ease. I want to ask one question.. Name few bowlers with whom Dhoni and Kholi felt hard to Negotiate?" Steyn? McGrath? Morkel? Lee? who else.... They are good Batsmen batting well to every bowler. They do that with Malinga too..May be Malinga is not the best to India. Malinga has a different technique with most of the batsmen found difficult to negotiate. A very few found easy and many trying to minimize the difficulty in negotiating the bowling of Malinga which they will improve with the time. One other fact is Malinga has to gain something through the experience which seems is not happening.

  • POSTED BY sifter132 on | August 9, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    There's a couple of spanners to this new ball theory: 1) he's still one of the best T20 bowlers in the world - better than he is as an ODI bowler - and he has to use a ball that is just as new in that format, and 2) he's played India a heck of a lot in the last 8 mths and they seem to play him very well - in particular Kohli and Gambhir. Give him another 8 mths against other teams and the stats could read very differently.

  • POSTED BY zan_69 on | August 9, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Malinga is such a wonderful blower.Its just that india is a club team for lankans. Coz they play each other qit often.thats y he would be less effective against india.But im sure very soon he will overcome.you watch my friend!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Aakash ji, as usual a great techie analysis. Will surely be helpful to aspiring players.

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | August 9, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Lasith Malinga can be dangerous but mainly to tailenders & batsmen like Suresh Raina.He would obviously be less effective against India as Sri Lanka plays India very,very often.

  • POSTED BY yoogi on | August 9, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Frankly, I don't like the idea of using two new balls. Already, typically all teams have 2-3 fast bowlers anyway in the team. So why not help spinners and swingers, with old ball. I really don't know why BCCI, with all its muscle-power-it-said-to-have over ICC, should accept to something like this. Oneday cricket resembles a short version of test just because spinners have something in the end and If that is gone, it is reduced to two t20s from both ends.

  • POSTED BY abhijeetcricinfo on | August 9, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Very well said Akash, I completely agree with you. I really appreciate your analysis :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    look at sachin and kohli against malinga sachin played 170 balls to make 147 n kohli take only 128 for his 147.and sachin dismiss against malinga 4 times n kohli only 1 time.

  • POSTED BY TheRedox on | August 9, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    I don't think this is a topic to talk about this much.It's only against Indians he felt short.The reason is quite clear as all the highest run getters against him has the chance to watch him closely in IPL.After Oct 2011 is quite good time for Malinga,it's the matches against India that ruined his statistics.When the IPL and Champions league comes around everyone will talk about his effectiveness again.But for against Indians he might have to develop his variation.Eventhough his average seems to be high he's in the team as a strike bowler.Everyone seems to be forgot that he was on hattrick twice in the micromax series which suggest the effectiveness of using short balls against Indians.Apart from Kholi,no one played it better.Even Kohli tries to smash every short ball to four or six like if there is something to prove.lol.Malinga should identify these areas and do well in T20 WC.

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    i don't believe your premise of 2 balls in ODI cricket causing problems.. he bowls perfectly well in the 20-over game.. i think people have just got used to his action

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Well said...This is the challenge that international cricket throws at you. Malinga will have to work on it and find some more tricks. But still he is one of the best quicks around along with Steyn. If you want to survive in International cricket, you have to evolve as a cricketer. Just like Sanath did when people got him out caught behind when he was playing away from his body. It would be interesting to see what Malinga has to counter this situation.

  • POSTED BY gtzshotta on | August 9, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    nice article. but they want more runs which sadly hurts one of the best all time bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    link is broken,.. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/match/119747.html

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  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    link is broken,.. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/match/119747.html

  • POSTED BY gtzshotta on | August 9, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    nice article. but they want more runs which sadly hurts one of the best all time bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Well said...This is the challenge that international cricket throws at you. Malinga will have to work on it and find some more tricks. But still he is one of the best quicks around along with Steyn. If you want to survive in International cricket, you have to evolve as a cricketer. Just like Sanath did when people got him out caught behind when he was playing away from his body. It would be interesting to see what Malinga has to counter this situation.

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    i don't believe your premise of 2 balls in ODI cricket causing problems.. he bowls perfectly well in the 20-over game.. i think people have just got used to his action

  • POSTED BY TheRedox on | August 9, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    I don't think this is a topic to talk about this much.It's only against Indians he felt short.The reason is quite clear as all the highest run getters against him has the chance to watch him closely in IPL.After Oct 2011 is quite good time for Malinga,it's the matches against India that ruined his statistics.When the IPL and Champions league comes around everyone will talk about his effectiveness again.But for against Indians he might have to develop his variation.Eventhough his average seems to be high he's in the team as a strike bowler.Everyone seems to be forgot that he was on hattrick twice in the micromax series which suggest the effectiveness of using short balls against Indians.Apart from Kholi,no one played it better.Even Kohli tries to smash every short ball to four or six like if there is something to prove.lol.Malinga should identify these areas and do well in T20 WC.

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    look at sachin and kohli against malinga sachin played 170 balls to make 147 n kohli take only 128 for his 147.and sachin dismiss against malinga 4 times n kohli only 1 time.

  • POSTED BY abhijeetcricinfo on | August 9, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Very well said Akash, I completely agree with you. I really appreciate your analysis :)

  • POSTED BY yoogi on | August 9, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Frankly, I don't like the idea of using two new balls. Already, typically all teams have 2-3 fast bowlers anyway in the team. So why not help spinners and swingers, with old ball. I really don't know why BCCI, with all its muscle-power-it-said-to-have over ICC, should accept to something like this. Oneday cricket resembles a short version of test just because spinners have something in the end and If that is gone, it is reduced to two t20s from both ends.

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | August 9, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Lasith Malinga can be dangerous but mainly to tailenders & batsmen like Suresh Raina.He would obviously be less effective against India as Sri Lanka plays India very,very often.

  • POSTED BY on | August 9, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Aakash ji, as usual a great techie analysis. Will surely be helpful to aspiring players.