Home > News >

Lasith Malinga confident of dealing with Kohli-threat ahead of ICC World T20 2014 final

OUT-Indian-captain-Virat-Kohli-(R)-is-bowled-by-Sri-Lankan-bowler-Ajantha-Mendis-as-wicketkeeper-Kumar-Sangakkara
Virat Kohli (Batting) has had a stupendous record against Sri Lanka in recent years © AFP

Mirpur: Apr 5, 2014

 

Sri Lanka‘s stand-in captain Lasith Malinga says that Virat Kohli is a great batsman but they have the bowlers who can bowl that one good delivery, which can dismiss even the greatest.

“We all know Virat is a great player. But even the greatest player needs only one ball to get out. I have a good feeling that someone from my side can bowl that one good ball tomorrow,” Malinga said in a confident tone ahead of his team’s ICC World T20 2014 final against India.

Someone asked if him if the contest can be billed as one between Malinga and Kohli, he tried to play it down.

“We have to plan for all 20 overs. They have six or seven good batsmen. We don’t think only about getting one particular batsman out. We have to focus on bowling 20 good overs. Virat is a good player, but, if he gets a good ball, he too can get out.”

Malinga did not pay much importance to their practice match victory prior to the start of the tournament.

“Practice match is a practice match. But a tournament match is very different, both mentally and physically. The final is a big game and the tension is completely different. Whoever plays well on the day can win,” the skipper answered.

The Lankan slinger also dismissed notions that it will be a match where he would eyeing to prove himself as his record against India is not great.

“I never go into a match trying to prove myself. There are other bowlers in my team who can do the job for the team as well. As I said, anyone can produce a good ball and pick up a wicket. However good a batsman is, it can take only one ball to get him out.”

He made it clear that he will be the one who would go out there with Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the toss.

“I will be the captain tomorrow,” he answered a direct query. About Chandimal’s position in the team, he gave an evasive reply.

“Chandimal led us well in the first few matches. He is a promising up and coming player. Lahiru (Thirimanne) got his chance and proved how good he is. We haven’t decided our team for tomorrow. We have to look at the pitch and decide what kind of combination we want to go in for tomorrow.”

Malinga waxed eloquent about Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara’s contribution to Lankan cricket and how they would love to win the tournament for the two.

“We all know that they are great cricketers not just in Sri Lanka, but in the world. I have played under both of them, and now they are playing under me. I’m very happy to be in that position; they always help the younger players. We all want to do our best for these two. It’s a special day tomorrow and we have to do something special.

“They always give me good advice. They share their experience with me. I need that because this is a big tournament. I have to use all the experience and that will help us succeed.”

Sri Lanka have been in Bangladesh for close to three months now and Malinga would like to end on a high.

“We’ve been playing a lot of cricket in Bangladesh. Everyone is looking forward to doing their job. We won the Asia Cup, and tomorrow is a good opportunity for us to prove ourselves once more. Everyone trusts us to give our best. If we do that, given that we’re used to the pitches and the conditions here, we should have a good chance.

“Anyone can win. Whoever makes fewer mistakes will win. That’s what we are looking forward to. Make minimum mistakes.”Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced a big bonus if the team wins the tournament but Malinga would tell you that it’s not even at the back of their minds.

“We don’t think about how much money we will get. We play because we love to represent Sri Lanka. There is a Sri Lankan brand of cricket and we try to play that every day and the final is no different,” he concluded.

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 20, 2014 (18:30 IST)   at St George's, Grenada

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 21, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Bulawayo

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at St George's, Grenada

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 23, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Hambantota

India tour of England 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Bristol

More

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 19, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 61 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 17, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 93 runs

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014  at London

England won by an innings and 244 runs

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 105 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 9 wkts

Photos

Highlights of Mahela Jayawardene’s Test career

Videos

Hughes explains technique behind cut shot

West Indies vs Bangladesh Live Cricket Score, 1st ODI at St George’s: West Indies five down for 34

Len Pascoe: There was a hospital ward named after Thomson and me

India tour of Australia 2014-15: 5 ways India can avoid another overseas embarrassment

MS Dhoni can benefit from borrowing the ‘Sourav Ganguly School of leadership’

Ravi Shastri inspired confidence as player and captain: Will he do it in a coaching capacity?

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014

India vs England 2014: Duncan Fletcher, Joe Daws conduct practice at Lord’s ahead of ODI series

HPCA saga: High Court gives government 10 days to reply to writ petition

Bangladesh tour of West Indies 2014: Anamul Haque’s ton helps Bangladesh to reach 217 for nine

West Indies vs Bangladesh 2014: St Vincent gets ready to host Test match

Singapore Cricket Club hosts International T20 tournament featuring Cricket Club of India among others

Len Pascoe: There was a hospital ward named after Thomson and me

India tour of Australia 2014-15: 5 ways India can avoid another overseas embarrassment

MS Dhoni can benefit from borrowing the ‘Sourav Ganguly School of leadership’

Ravi Shastri inspired confidence as player and captain: Will he do it in a coaching capacity?

Bernard Tancred: Best batsman of the first South African side

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

659 Posts | 6 Fans

India tour of England 2014: Sunil Gavaskar says Indian batsmen did not learn anything

Connect Broadband launches virus control system

How much money has the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised till now?

Hrithik Roshan will not romance Jacqueline Fernandez

OnePlus starts hiring in India ahead of launch

Vidya Balan gets caught while watching Salman Khan’s Kick in disguise!

Ebola in Liberia: Ebola quarantine zone turns violent as soldiers open fire

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here