Malinga bows out, with this parting advice to young bowlers: become match winners
Malinga has announced his retirement from one-day internationals, after an illustrious career. His advice to younger players: Be matchwinners
One of Sri Lanka's finest fast bowlers, Lasith Malinga has retired from one-day matches. In the Sri Lankan capital Colombo yesterday, Malinga played his last game in the match against Bangladesh.
He took 3 wickets for 38 runs in the contest. Sri Lanka won by 91 runs. Speaking at the conclusion of the competition , Malinga said that the young bowlers must become match winners.
He said, “My captains expected me to take wickets . Throughout my cricket career I have tried to do as much as I can . I am sure the youngsters will try and emulate that.
"We all want continue to play cricket for a long time. That is not enough; you must be a match winner. That's what I expect of the young players.
These young players need to win matches for their teams. Winners are the ones that bring the people out to watch them. There are people on our team, who have the talent. "We need to monitor and train them, " Malinga said .
Speaking about the current players, "the team will have to win more matches," he said. "It is important to succeed. We are a young team . We feel keenly the need to win... ," he said .
He stressed the need to prepare for the World Cup team in 2023 starting now.
Malinga has played 226 matches and taken 338 one-day wickets. He was known as a death overs specialist in ODIs, with the ability to crank out yorkers at will.
[Autotranslated from Tamil]