The 36-year old Lasith Malinga, the immensely talented pacer of Sri Lanka, showed that he is still capable of leading the struggling team. He believes that his vast experience will be beneficial for the youthful team in overcoming their shortcomings.
Earlier, the master of the finest and unplayable Yorkers, had stated that he would retire after the Twenty20 World Cup, which is to be held next year in Australia.
But suddenly Malinga has changed his stance after his return as the captain of the inexperienced side in T20Is and has realized that his body can give two more years of cricket.
“T20 is four overs and I feel with my skill, I can manage T20 as a bowler. As a captain, because I’ve played so many T20s around the world that I feel I can manage that period for maybe another two years,” he said.
Lasith Malinga, who is the only bowler to scalp more than 100 T20I wickets, said that the Sri Lanka team is going through a transition phase. And the youthful team needs to discover skillful bowlers who can perform consistently.
“Sri Lanka are lacking that skillful bowler, they lack those consistencies. We can’t get one year, one and a half years, all fixed, it might be that we need to get patience, maybe two or three years,” he added.
However, under Lasith Malinga’s captaincy in the last eight T20Is, Sri Lanka have managed to win only one.