India in Sri Lanka 2012 August 2, 2012

India minimise Malinga threat, again

One of the world's best death bowlers is taken for runs at the death by India's batsmen. A renowned game-changer has struggled to change games against India. Why does it happen?
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Records show that no team plays Lasith Malinga better than India do. In 27 ODIs spread over eight years against India, Malinga averages nearly 43 for his 31 wickets, at an economy-rate of almost six an over. The trend has continued in this series, in which Malinga's five wickets in four games have cost 44 runs each and he has conceded 6.19 runs an over. Even in the third game, when he removed MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma off successive deliveries, Malinga went for 60 in his ten overs. That kept another trend intact - Malinga has never taken more than two wickets in any game against India.

One of the world's best death bowlers is taken for runs at the death by India's batsmen. A renowned game-changer has struggled to change games against India. Why does it happen? Is it because of over-exposure, through the endless bilateral series India and Sri Lanka play, and the IPL? Is it because India's batsmen are strong on the leg side and are able to handle Malinga's inswinging, full deliveries better?

Virender Sehwag, earlier the series, said that it was due to India's batsmen getting used to Malinga, both through international matches and the IPL. Mahela Jayawardene agreed with Sehwag about the familiarity factor, but said international fixtures, and not the IPL, were more responsible. He pointed out that India had not played Ajantha Mendis a lot during the IPL, but had dealt with him very effectively. For the record, even before the IPL, Malinga's average against India was above 40, and he had an economy-rate of 5.73.

If only international matches are taken into account, even Australia and Pakistan have played 20 and 21 games against Malinga, to India's 27. His average drops from 42.77 against India to 35.73 against Pakistan, and is a creditable 25.02 against Australia. Even more revealingly, his economy-rate improves from 5.98 against India to 4.71 against Pakistan and 5.05 against Australia. So while India's familiarity with Malinga is a factor, it can't be the only reason for their success against him.

Virat Kohli said after his match-winning century in the fourth game said that he was able to score off Malinga because he was strong on the leg side and the bowler's full length balls tended to arrive on the pads. MS Dhoni, who Jayawardene said plays Malinga very well, is also capable off his pads, and also has the helicopter-scythe that he plays through midwicket and wide mid-on.

What about the left-handers then? Suresh Raina said after the third game that he was watching Malinga's release closely and knew that the line to the left-hander would be outside the off stump. Jayawardene had two men posted at point and backward point to Raina against Malinga, indicating the possible line of attack. In the third ODI, in which India's left-hand batsmen - Raina, Gautam Gambhir and Irfan Pathan - all contributed, Malinga was taken for 39 runs through the off side by them, and only 17 on the leg, including a straightish six over long-on by Raina.

Another factor could be Malinga's preferred length. Given a choice between full and short or short of a good length, there is no guessing which length India's batsmen are more likely to score off. The full length becomes even more targetable in the sub-continent - which is where India and Sri Lanka meet most of the time - with the low bounce.

It has to be a combination of over-exposure, predictability of line and length, and the skills of the India batsmen. The mix has proved to be consistently successful against Malinga, who needs quite a few productive bursts to break the long-running trend. Can he produce one in the final ODI on Saturday?

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 4, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    if thats the case just drop malinga when sri lanka play india, simple as? and yes Mahela IPL is one of the reasons why malinga is not effective plus over killing india vs sri lanka matches. please stop this nonsense games its boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sinhaya on August 4, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @Great_Aussie, hey dont forget we Lankans beat you all 2-1 in ODIs in 2010. We also beat you all in 3 ODIs in the CB series and also in the 2nd finals. We are not that bad buddy. We have a good ODI record against Australia. Please dont under estimate Sri Lanka. We are determined to do well this summer in your shores. Our mental approach against India has been too negative surprisingly.

  • Master_Mihil on August 4, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    The appearence of these deliveries have been less in the last couple of matches. Gambhir,Kohli, Raina are very vulnerable to short ball, the one that comes to chest not the shoulder. If he get's it correct he can get these men out.

  • Master_Mihil on August 4, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    @Great Aussie: India A team can't beat SL mate. It's not that SL can't bat, they just can't get Indian batsmen out. But yes Aussie bowlers are very capable of running through almighty indian batting line-up, but face it your batsmen are rubbish.

  • basophil on August 4, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    guys it's not malinga's fault at all! give at least some credit to virat kohli. he has scored centuries against all opponents except south africa: he made 118 against australia in a chase (and i'm sure a lot more to come against the aussies!), a 105 against NZ in the following game, a couple of centuries against west indies, century against bangladesh in world cup, a hundred against england in india as well as the 107 in england (who were at their peak), the mammoth 183 in only his third ever game against pakistan, and the back-to-back centuries against sri lanka on both subcontinental pitches as well as australian hobart pitch!!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 4, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs: hahaha !! is that the best you can do ? Fine, Indian batsmen are sloggers. Just can't wait to see what our 'sloggers' will do to your precious English bowlers during the winter. We here in India already smell blood in the air. Sure the IPL has contributed to some excellent hitting, which you chose to call as 'slogging' but batting is strong in our batters' blood. It comes naturally to our batsmen to score easily. It's a treat to see our batsmen wallop some of the bowlers around the world. Love it or hate it, when an Indian batsman is on fire, it's a spectacle. Malinga is a world class bowler but we have found a way to handle him. This is certainly a strength of India's but not necessarily a weakness of Malinga's. He can dismantle many battling line ups around the world.

  • maddy20 on August 3, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs Sloggers? Sloggers don't average in 50's (Dhoni, Kohli), 40s(Gambhir) and high 30's(Sehwag, Raina). Sloogers are those who average in mid20's or less(Perera , Thiramanne and the like). India have got better of the Lankans most of the times especially in the past 5 years. Just 1 more point and India will tie with Aus in the rankings with 119 rating points.

  • Sinhaya on August 3, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank, thank you again for your impartial comments. Anyway, I am crossed with Malinga for quitting tests. He must play at least 1 test match each series.

  • Sinhaya on August 3, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    @tanstell87, as per ICC FTP, India are suppose to play Pakistan in July August next year and as a Lankan I am eager to see it happen.

  • vsssarma on August 3, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    In a ODI situation, on SL pitches, against India, Malinga has not been faring well. While stats of 8 years are bad, stats during the last 3 years are worse. He took a wkt every 134 runs against India in the last 25 matches against them in SL conditions. His economy rate is 7.30 runs per over. Retirement of Muralitharan, Jayasuriya has not helped SL bowling. Maharoof, Dilhara Fernando bowled better than Malinga and so are Kulasekara and Trissara Perera. Malinga is a spent force, as far as ODI & Tests are concerned.

  • on August 4, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    if thats the case just drop malinga when sri lanka play india, simple as? and yes Mahela IPL is one of the reasons why malinga is not effective plus over killing india vs sri lanka matches. please stop this nonsense games its boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sinhaya on August 4, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @Great_Aussie, hey dont forget we Lankans beat you all 2-1 in ODIs in 2010. We also beat you all in 3 ODIs in the CB series and also in the 2nd finals. We are not that bad buddy. We have a good ODI record against Australia. Please dont under estimate Sri Lanka. We are determined to do well this summer in your shores. Our mental approach against India has been too negative surprisingly.

  • Master_Mihil on August 4, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    The appearence of these deliveries have been less in the last couple of matches. Gambhir,Kohli, Raina are very vulnerable to short ball, the one that comes to chest not the shoulder. If he get's it correct he can get these men out.

  • Master_Mihil on August 4, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    @Great Aussie: India A team can't beat SL mate. It's not that SL can't bat, they just can't get Indian batsmen out. But yes Aussie bowlers are very capable of running through almighty indian batting line-up, but face it your batsmen are rubbish.

  • basophil on August 4, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    guys it's not malinga's fault at all! give at least some credit to virat kohli. he has scored centuries against all opponents except south africa: he made 118 against australia in a chase (and i'm sure a lot more to come against the aussies!), a 105 against NZ in the following game, a couple of centuries against west indies, century against bangladesh in world cup, a hundred against england in india as well as the 107 in england (who were at their peak), the mammoth 183 in only his third ever game against pakistan, and the back-to-back centuries against sri lanka on both subcontinental pitches as well as australian hobart pitch!!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 4, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs: hahaha !! is that the best you can do ? Fine, Indian batsmen are sloggers. Just can't wait to see what our 'sloggers' will do to your precious English bowlers during the winter. We here in India already smell blood in the air. Sure the IPL has contributed to some excellent hitting, which you chose to call as 'slogging' but batting is strong in our batters' blood. It comes naturally to our batsmen to score easily. It's a treat to see our batsmen wallop some of the bowlers around the world. Love it or hate it, when an Indian batsman is on fire, it's a spectacle. Malinga is a world class bowler but we have found a way to handle him. This is certainly a strength of India's but not necessarily a weakness of Malinga's. He can dismantle many battling line ups around the world.

  • maddy20 on August 3, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs Sloggers? Sloggers don't average in 50's (Dhoni, Kohli), 40s(Gambhir) and high 30's(Sehwag, Raina). Sloogers are those who average in mid20's or less(Perera , Thiramanne and the like). India have got better of the Lankans most of the times especially in the past 5 years. Just 1 more point and India will tie with Aus in the rankings with 119 rating points.

  • Sinhaya on August 3, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank, thank you again for your impartial comments. Anyway, I am crossed with Malinga for quitting tests. He must play at least 1 test match each series.

  • Sinhaya on August 3, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    @tanstell87, as per ICC FTP, India are suppose to play Pakistan in July August next year and as a Lankan I am eager to see it happen.

  • vsssarma on August 3, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    In a ODI situation, on SL pitches, against India, Malinga has not been faring well. While stats of 8 years are bad, stats during the last 3 years are worse. He took a wkt every 134 runs against India in the last 25 matches against them in SL conditions. His economy rate is 7.30 runs per over. Retirement of Muralitharan, Jayasuriya has not helped SL bowling. Maharoof, Dilhara Fernando bowled better than Malinga and so are Kulasekara and Trissara Perera. Malinga is a spent force, as far as ODI & Tests are concerned.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 3, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Malinga is a hyped bowler by SL fans. Everyone knows his techniques now a days.

  • Tamil_SL on August 3, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    All Excuses. Each Time India Played Murali, he got better of them. Was there no over exposure then. Players need to invent and find new ways to be effective. What about Zaheer, he has not been effective either. Over exposure again ? Bowling of both the teams has almost been at par. India have been a better fielding and batting side as SL missing Sanga.

  • guest12345678910 on August 3, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    india has the worlds best batsman ..... nowadays malingas balls do not threaten anyone because its just noramal bowling but the way he throws it makes it different ........... indian batsman can even face shoaib akhtars and afridis balls who claim themselves as the worlds best bowlers though its not right .....

  • maddy20 on August 3, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    In overseas games vs India, Malinga has 12 wickets from 9 games at an average of 38.83 and an economy rate of 6.50. Courtesy :Cricinfo statsguru. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/49758.html?class=2;home_or_away=3;opposition=6;template=results;type=allround Own it folks. Kohli squeezes out Malinga's yorkers with ease. India's record against Malinga is mostly due to him.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 3, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    IPL. Simple answer. Also, I think many people forget that this man bowls ONLY during the power plays. He is simply that good. I don't think any other fast bowler in the WORLD (maybe Dale Steyn) bowls ONLY in the powerplay overs. So you have to look at it like that. An economy rate of 6 for bowling in powerplay overs against the country where all their batsman are sloggers? Less than 6 runs an over is a good thing, not a bad thing

  • rohithreddy on August 3, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    @crickfan82, @my2centsonthis, @getgopi.. for your information, Mainga has equally poor record against India at neutral venues..

    matches=9, runs=466, wkts=12, avg=38.83, econ=6.24

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;home_or_away=3;opposition=6;orderby=wickets;team=8;template=results;type=bowling

  • on August 2, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Indian batsmans are great and so they can play big shots of him......this is the simple answer.

  • on August 2, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    All bowlers have poor record against Ind and all batsmen have great record against Ind bcz Indian batting is world's best and Indian bowling is world's worst.............There is false perception that the pitches on which India play are batting friendly but the fact is that on the same pitches the avg scores in Indian matches are 50 runs per inning higher compared to non Indian team matches.

  • my2centsonthis on August 2, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    The answer is simple. The best batting team in the sub continent is India and India and Srilanka have met the most on sub-continent pitches because of where they belong. An interesting statistic would be to see how Indian batsmen fared against Malinga in comparison to other teams outside the sub-continent.

  • CrickFan82 on August 2, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    too many matches in subcontinent pitches, malinga is handfull for Indian batsmen in overseas pitches.

  • getgopi on August 2, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    I think a much better comparison would be the "Malinga Average" against the same batsmen mentioned in this article in sub-continent Vs non-sub-continent conditions. Batsmens' height also plays a factor here, making some Indian batsmen very good against spin and low bounce as opposed to pacy, high bounce...at least, in the early to middle stages of their career. But how does someone like Tendulkar play all types of bowling better in a lot of conditions? Simple. 20 years of playing international cricket in most grounds against world-class bowlers all over the world.

  • Nisar_Awan_DXB on August 2, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Mates, Lasith Malinga is a fantastic bowler. Reason of his failure against indians r: 1) Opening the bowling against Sehwag n Ghambir. 2) Captain asks him to come back in batting power play. 3) Bowling in death overs while guys like Virat Kohli and Ghambir r well set (most of the times recently). Dhoni, Raina don't need even a single ball to get fit and have a go at the bowler. ****BTW who cares to take a wicket in the death overs n batting power play???? Only preference would be, to give as less as possible.

    Had any other bowler in the world had the same role in the team like malinga, would have even worser record especially against indians as the matches are always in sub-continent.

    I feel that 2 bowlers have been destroyed by their captains, 1 is Malinga and the other one is S Ajmal. Attacking bowlers r not supposed to stop runs, they r supposed to attack n get wickets.

    Malinga's shape away ball is his major weapon. He simply doesn't get opportunity to bowl that

  • sptp on August 2, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Oh god! Indian bragging has started once again!

  • on August 2, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    instead of bashing malinga, give credit to India. he is a great bowler, its hard for someone to perform well, against a team and side that has become really familiar with him, but sri lanka unfortunately are on the wrong end of the shoe, because virat kohli has figured them out, in which he continues to rack up centuries.

  • on August 2, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    The fact is with India Malinga has played many matches last 6 years. Also malinga never try bouncer.why for that Indian players not ready.

  • warneneverchuck on August 2, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    It has been proved all over again that SL can't beat India. Had India send india A or under 19 team still they would win against this SL team. Till now I was thinking Indian bowlers r worst but after seeing SL bowlers I change my mind

  • on August 2, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    And how many of you know that Shane Warne - World's Best Leg Spinner - has pathetic record against India in India ? (Correct me if I'm wrong !) Some bowlers perform good against some teams and average against others. So don't bash Malinga so much.

  • on August 2, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    ...CONTINUES.... But in this series Malinga created some opportunities for his team by picking crucial wickets at right time. But other SL bowlers couldn't capitalize. E.g.:- In 3rd ODI when he picked MSD n Rohit on consecutive balls. In 4th ODI, he got Gauti on 0. All 3 were superb deliveries. And who can forget WC final where he picked Viru n SRT for almost nothing. In all cases, other SL bowlers couldn't support him. Problm is just whn he picks wickts n brings SL in match, SL captain removes him from attack and saves him overs for death overs (In the mean time, batsmen get set) but then, generally, when he returns in death overs, he is supposed to not only stop batsmen from scoring runs but also pick wickets which puts extra pressure on him. And to pick wickets, he tries to bowl yorkers and yorkers again n again, and if a slight wrong lone or length, ball gets dispere for boundary. I have a feeling Malinga will bowl good in 5th ODI.

  • on August 2, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Malinga being a regular member of Mumbai Indians surely bowl lot of deliveries to Sachin and Rohit Sharma. So as per logic these two guys are (suppose to) habitual of playing Malinga unlike other Indian batsmen. But Sachin is NOT playing for Indian ODI team since WC and Rohit seems to have forgotten what Batting is all about. So basically there are two facts :- 1) India and SL have been playing too much Cricket against each other. 2) Since Malinga is the spear-head of SL attack, many batsmen Not only Indian, look to play him safe. ..CONTINUES .......

  • ProdigyA on August 2, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    The fact is very simple - INDIAN BATTING IS JUST CLASS APART.

  • vrn59 on August 2, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Malinga should avoid bowled deliveries at a good length to the Indian batsmen, as they come onto the bat and will then be hit easily, as this is what Indians do best! This is especially the case in the subcontinent, where there is minimal bounce and the pitches are slow and dry. Malinga should try bowling shorter, and use the yorker as an occasional weapon to surprise the batsmen. Short deliveries (bowled at pace) will be his best bet in the final ODI.

  • sameer111111 on August 2, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Malinga's main weapon is that he was different. Skill wise, a bowler like Brett Lee or even Umar Gul isr superior but batsmen need a different approach in order to counter Malinga. That has been negated by the amount of time Indians have been playing SL. If every other bowler had Malinga's action, his overall figures would have been far worse.

  • xylo on August 2, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Pakistan and Australia tend to play other teams other than Sri Lanka as well. But when it comes to India, all they play against looks like Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka, and Sri Lanka.

  • on August 2, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Well, Malinga is the best fast bowler in IPL so far. Malinga always feels unsafe against India team, look at his body language while playing against India.

  • on August 2, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    A nice article..well may be becoz the way Ind batters play,his style of bowling doesnt create much impact..but he is a champion and game changer in all aspect..still fresh in the memories his spell of 4 wkts in 4 balls..

  • on August 2, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    It is actually true that India can handle Malinga now because I saw him playing against India in some matches including the IPL and was just surprised how they can cope with his devastating deliveries in fact, at times he's been whacked all over the place by this Indian team.

  • cute_devil1 on August 2, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    I tend to believe that when under pressure, Malinga tends to rely more on yorkers than the variety. It is at his confident best that Malinga shows the variety be it surprise nasty shorter ones, or probably slow yorkers, off cutters, late swinging yorkers etc. In last 4 matches, I have just seen Malinga rely heavily on yorkers/overpitched deliveries which means he relies heavily on swing rather than variety. That is where he has been more predictable. Not to take away the skill by Indians to take advantage of predictability still hit yorkers, which is never easy.

  • Balumekka on August 2, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Well, Malinga needs to find new ways, and that's how this game is decorated. Never ending battle between the bat and the ball!

  • on August 2, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Yes!! He Can!! He Is a Great Bowler No Doubt!! Thanks Cricinfo For This Article.. He Already Produce Some Great Deliveries In This Tour But Failed To Make Winning...In Sha ALLAH Lasith Malinga Will Thrash Indians!! More You Can Get From WT20 This Year!!

  • on August 2, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    India main weakness against fast bowlers is short pitch stuff and that is not malinga's speciality .Yorkers are his main speciality.And it is not easy to be accurate all the time with the yorkers.Also it helps that the Indians are have good reflexes and strong wrist movements coupled with good leg side batting that helps they converts the yorkers either into low full tosses or into half volleys

  • QingdaoXI on August 2, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    It's betterfor Malinga to Play for India than playing vs India. , ha ha ha.But i love this guy after alll he plays for My Favourite Franchise(My Home team) Mumbai Indians. I hope best for this guys future.

  • timtom on August 2, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    @fr600 - Awesome :)))))) Cant get better

  • ooper_cut on August 2, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    just cannot compare malinga's success with mendis'. Malinga is a thinker as well which is why he is still the main bowler for SL. Someone said one trick pony, that is a very sad comment, actually he out thinks the best of batsmen when he is confident. Off late against India he has been supremely poor, i have no reason for that. But he does try his heart out, no doubt about that.

  • tanstell87 on August 2, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    i dont IPL has anything to do with Indian batsmen getting used to Malinga....the amount of cricket that these two teams have been involved in since 2008 is a major factor...this series was supposed to be a 3 match test series initially & then SLC went through some financial losses & BCCI as always was ready to help...this is the end possibly...we wont India & Sri Lanka atleast for next 2 years but you never know India doesn't have anything scheduled in July-August 2013..so may be BCCI & SLC will take advantage again...but South Africa are touring Sri Lanka during that period...a tri-series will be fascinating between Lankan Lions,Proteas & the World Champions !

  • on August 2, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    A lot of world class, game-chaging cricketers have not had quite the same impact against India. Shane Warne was never quite the threat he was against others. Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee have had few notable successes. Brian Lara was moderately successful against India. Afridi has generally not been the matchwinner.

  • Witty_Cricketer on August 2, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    International players need to rediscover themselves every so often, like Anil Kumble and Shane Warne did. Malinga for my liking has been a one trick pony (well he has couple actually!!). When the ball is old he bowls either yorkers or slower off cutters, when batsman get used to it, he does not seem to change. It works fine for guys who haven't seen him all that often, but Indian plays neighbours every other week so it should be too much of a problem for them.

  • fr600 on August 2, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Maybe because he's loyal to both Sri Lanka and India.

  • on August 2, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    i think Malinga has missed a trick when playing against India, he doesn't bowl the bouncer much at all. That should be the ideal length against Indians, not only yorkers

  • Naren on August 2, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    He must have become too friendly with Indians after playing in the IPL.

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  • Naren on August 2, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    He must have become too friendly with Indians after playing in the IPL.

  • on August 2, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    i think Malinga has missed a trick when playing against India, he doesn't bowl the bouncer much at all. That should be the ideal length against Indians, not only yorkers

  • fr600 on August 2, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Maybe because he's loyal to both Sri Lanka and India.

  • Witty_Cricketer on August 2, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    International players need to rediscover themselves every so often, like Anil Kumble and Shane Warne did. Malinga for my liking has been a one trick pony (well he has couple actually!!). When the ball is old he bowls either yorkers or slower off cutters, when batsman get used to it, he does not seem to change. It works fine for guys who haven't seen him all that often, but Indian plays neighbours every other week so it should be too much of a problem for them.

  • on August 2, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    A lot of world class, game-chaging cricketers have not had quite the same impact against India. Shane Warne was never quite the threat he was against others. Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee have had few notable successes. Brian Lara was moderately successful against India. Afridi has generally not been the matchwinner.

  • tanstell87 on August 2, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    i dont IPL has anything to do with Indian batsmen getting used to Malinga....the amount of cricket that these two teams have been involved in since 2008 is a major factor...this series was supposed to be a 3 match test series initially & then SLC went through some financial losses & BCCI as always was ready to help...this is the end possibly...we wont India & Sri Lanka atleast for next 2 years but you never know India doesn't have anything scheduled in July-August 2013..so may be BCCI & SLC will take advantage again...but South Africa are touring Sri Lanka during that period...a tri-series will be fascinating between Lankan Lions,Proteas & the World Champions !

  • ooper_cut on August 2, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    just cannot compare malinga's success with mendis'. Malinga is a thinker as well which is why he is still the main bowler for SL. Someone said one trick pony, that is a very sad comment, actually he out thinks the best of batsmen when he is confident. Off late against India he has been supremely poor, i have no reason for that. But he does try his heart out, no doubt about that.

  • timtom on August 2, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    @fr600 - Awesome :)))))) Cant get better

  • QingdaoXI on August 2, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    It's betterfor Malinga to Play for India than playing vs India. , ha ha ha.But i love this guy after alll he plays for My Favourite Franchise(My Home team) Mumbai Indians. I hope best for this guys future.

  • on August 2, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    India main weakness against fast bowlers is short pitch stuff and that is not malinga's speciality .Yorkers are his main speciality.And it is not easy to be accurate all the time with the yorkers.Also it helps that the Indians are have good reflexes and strong wrist movements coupled with good leg side batting that helps they converts the yorkers either into low full tosses or into half volleys