I somehow want to make Pathirana even better than me – Lasith Malinga
Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga, who is now a bowling consultant with Rajasthan Royals (RR), and had dominated the Indian Premier League (IPL) for many years praised Chennai Super Kings’ death-overs specialist Matheesha Pathirana and said that he wants the CSK pacer to be a greater bowler than him.
Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga, who is now a bowling consultant with Rajasthan Royals (RR) and had dominated the Indian Premier League (IPL) for many years, praised Chennai Super Kings’ death-overs specialist Matheesha Pathirana and said that he wants the CSK pacer to be a greater bowler than him. CSK has discovered a jewel in Pathirana.
The youngster is a rising star, and it has been nothing less than wonderful to see him win over cricket fans all around the world. The young pacer has frequently been compared to Lasith Malinga, one of Sri Lanka’s all-time greatest bowlers.
Pathirana has taken 15 wickets in 10 matches for CSK, with an economy rate of 7.56, having bowled mostly at the death.
“I somehow want to make this guy even better than me. I think in the next Test tour, try to get him involved, and give him some ODIs as well. See how he plays in the next three years, and then see what the future course needs to be. If he plays 10 or 15 Tests in the next three years, that will be invaluable to his development,”Malinga told ESPNcricinfo.
The recent success by Pathirana for CSK in the IPL 2023 has garnered attention for all the right reasons. His performances and self-imposition are the heights of timbre destruction.
He frequently hits speeds of up to around 140 clicks, and on rare occasions, he will attempt to produce a Yorker at the legendary 145 kay mark. He is the ideal replacement for Lasith Malinga due to these three characteristics.
“As an example: you know, I only learned that you can dip and reverse the ball at the same time in the last Test that I played, in 2010. Usually, they bowl me from the Fort End at Galle, and it’s really easy to reverse the ball from that end with the wind coming across the ground. After six years, I finally got a good spell from the Pavilion End, and I learned how to dip and reverse a cricket ball. No one can tell when Matheesha will get those important revelations about his game,”Malinga added.
“We’re talking about protecting him from playing for Sri Lanka before he’s even properly played for Sri Lanka. He’s only 20 years old,”he said.