Young Bowlers Must Look to be Match Winners: Lasith Malinga

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga, who signed off from ODI cricket with figures of 3-38 and a 91-run win over Bangladesh at Colombo on Saturday, believes the next generation of bowlers must look to be match winners in their own.

“My captains expect me to take wickets,” he said during the post-match presentation. “I tried my best all through my career. I hope all the young bowlers do this as well.

“Because just surviving in cricket, I don’t think anyone can go far. You have to be a match-winner. That’s what I’m looking forward to in the future.

“These young bowlers have to get match winning performances and people have to tell that’s a match winning bowler. We have a couple of guys, they have the ability, we have to look after them.

He was happy to finish his career with a victory although he said that Sri Lanka should be looking to win more often regardless of whether or not he’s around.

Sri Lanka will take on Bangladesh in the second ODI at the same venue on Sunday.


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