Lasith Malinga eyes major milestones in possibly his final World Cup for Sri Lanka

first_img Reuters LondonMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 13:15 IST Lasith Malinga has registered two World Cup hat-tricks for Sri Lanka. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka begin their World Cup campaign against New Zealand on June 1 in CardiffMalinga picked his first World Cup hat-trick against South Africa in Guyana in 2007This is Lasith Malinga’s fourth and possibly the last World Cup outingLasith Malinga’s once-express pace has dropped as Father Time has caught up with the right-arm quick, but his guile should propel him to a few individual milestones at his fourth and final Cricket World Cup.Muttiah Muralitharan heads the list with 534 wickets.Malinga has also taken three ODI hat-tricks and is the only player to have achieved the milestone twice during a World Cup.His first World Cup hat-trick was when he dismissed four South African batsmen in four balls in Guyana in 2007 the only player to have achieved that feat in the tournament.He then took another hat-trick against Kenya four years later in Colombo and while he said it would be nice to add a third in England and Wales, he was just keen on taking wickets when Sri Lanka start their campaign against New Zealand in Cardiff on June 1.”I know I’ve got the skills to take wickets and (that) gives me confidence,” Malinga told the International Cricket Council website. “One of the things I like about playing in England is you have to adapt to every condition.”It could be really hot or quite cold and that is a real test of your skill as a bowler.”Why can’t I get another hat-trick? I will be trying and that would be special.”Malinga has already said that his fourth Cricket World Cup will be his last, with him targeting an international retirement after the World Twenty20 tournament in Australia next year.He will however still anchor the pace attack with his ability to bowl fast swinging yorkers and well-directed bouncer and disguise changes in pace.advertisementThe 1996 champions have struggled in the 50-over format this year, having lost eight of their nine completed matches, with their only victory against Scotland in Edinburgh.Malinga, however, felt the side could surprise opposition teams in the round-robin format.”In previous years perhaps we had bigger names but these guys are very talented and they are looking forward to proving themselves and making people notice them,” he said.”We have the best 15 players in Sri Lanka right now and we have a mix of more experienced players and some exciting young players, who just can’t wait to get started.”Also Read | Virat Kohli has plenty of options: Ian Chappell praises India’s bowling unit in World Cup 2019 Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Lasith MalingaFollow Sri Lanka Lasith Malinga eyes major milestones in possibly his final World Cup for Sri LankaLasith Malinga will look to repeat his IPL heroics when he represents Sri Lanka in WOrld Cup 2019. He claimed 16 wickets for Mumbai Indians in IPL, also delivering a phenomenal final over against the Chennai Super Kings that secured his team a record fourth IPL title.advertisementlast_img read more