Lasith Malinga    AFP
Lasith Malinga AFP

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma s centuries dashed Sri Lanka s hopes to make it to the 2019 World Cup as India thrashed Sri Lanka by massive 168 runs. Stand-in captain Lasith Malinga did get his 300 ODI wickets but was unable to restore the faith in fragile Sri Lanka side as India now lead the 5-match ODI series by 4-0. After Sri Lanka s disappointing defeat, Malinga said he would assess his future after the current series. Malinga returned to the limited-overs format after 19 months. Since his return, Malinga has been unable to get wickets at his will. Malinga has managed to take just 9 wickets off 12 matches.

Speaking to the reporters after the massive defeat, Malinga threw light on his future, I’m playing after 19 months following a leg injury. In the Zimbabwe and India series I couldn’t play well. I’ll see where I’m at after this series, and evaluate how long I can play given the way my body is. No matter how experienced I am, if I can’t win a match for the team and do what the team needs, there’s no point in me being here. I’ll see if I can make up for that 19 months and regain that form over the next three or four months. I’ll see the number of games that I get. If not I’ll have to consider the state of my body, and what is expected of me. If I can’t deliver that, then I’ll happily retire.

Malinga also feels lack of experience hurt Sri Lanka, When you look at other teams, you can think about how many of their players have played a lot of matches. If you take our 11 cricketers, how many ODIs have they played? I think we are lacking experience. Except for Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne and myself, others have played very little. That’s why when a difficult situation comes and we’re playing against a good team, we find it hard to come out of that. Now we need to give these guys a place and experience until 2019.