Malinga, ‘Will know how I’m going after first two matches’



A cross section of players, who will be performing in the SLC T20 League 2018 starting tomorrow, aired their views to Sri Lanka Cricket’s website as to how they looked forward to the action in the middle.

Former champion bowler Lasith Malinga said that he cannot commit himself into saying anything as to how he would perform in the upcoming SLC T20 League 2018 until he had got a feel of things.

“I cannot say anything as to how good my progress will be until I perform in the first two matches of the upcoming SLC T20 League 2018,” quipped former champion bowler Lasith Malinga.

Malinga, who is in the Kandy 21-member squad, is expected to make the final eleven in the opening game against Dambulla, said that he had played in Canada’s domestic T20 tournament last year where he was the highest wicket taker as well.Lasith Malinga

He contended that he had been unfortunate to have been overlooked for national selection after having been the highest wicket taker in this year’s domestic club T20 Tournament won by his club NCC. He added that consequently he had played in Canada’s domestic T20 tournament where he was the highest wicket taker as well.

Meanwhile, Sadeera Samarawickrema, who will turn out for Dambulla, said, “I expect do well in this tournament focusing on consistency where I aim to maintain fine form right along expecting a national recall.”

Sadeera, who will turn 23 on August 30, added that ‘in the T20 format the time factor being limited I will look for quick runs and rather than for self I will seek to prioritize the team’s cause.’

As to his success formula to his impressive form with the bat for the Sri Lanka Emerging Team against the South Africa Emerging Team, he said, “I did not do big things to get into top gear. I spoke with my skipper Dimuth (Karunaratne) as to the preparatory work and worked on the basics and practiced regularly.”

Dilruwan Perera, who is in the starting lineup for Dambulla said, “There are so many who don’t get an opportunity to play in the T20 format. Usually the opening comes when a touring team visits Sri Lanka. As such, this tournament is so welcome. It is a big opportunity for the Under-19 players.”

Thirty-two year old Mahela Udawatte, who is in the Colombo squad, said that he looked forward to this tournament because opportunities to play in the T20 format were far and few.

By Srian Obeyesekere

-The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sri Lanka Cricket-