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Fearsome reputation carried over to big-time cricket


malingaLasith Malinga was the surprise selection for Sri Lanka’s tour to Australia in 2004, though he had a fearsome reputation on the domestic circuit. Malinga bowls with a distinctive and explosive round-arm action which generates genuine pace and can disconcert batsmen who struggle to pick up the ball’s trajectory.

Already, he is rated the fastest bowler in Sri Lanka. On March 28 at Providence in a World Cup 2007 match, he created a sensation by taking four wickets in four balls. South Africa, given a modest target of 210 runs, eventually beat Sri Lanka with just one wicket standing.

His first performance in Sri Lankan colours was also impressive — he took 6 for 90 against a Northern Territory Chief Minister’s XI. That paved the way for his inclusion in the Test team, and he acquitted himself quite well too, dismissing Darren Lehmann and Adam Gilchrist in the same over.

During an impressive tour of New Zealand in April 2005 his low-slung action resulted in the New Zealand batsmen asking the umpire to change the colour of their trousers as the ball was getting lost. He is developing into Sri Lanka’s key pace-bowling wicket-taker, especially as Chaminda Vaas continues to lose pace.

Although he remains quite erratic and has a propensity to bowl no-balls, he is a genuine strike bowler, with both new ball and old, and one has the out-and-out pace to trouble the best batsmen on his day. Due to an ankle tear he is out of Sri Lanka’s match against New Zealand today (Thursday) though.

Source:The News

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