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Malinga attributes his success in World T20 to IPL

April 09, 2014 09:20 IST

Malinga attributes his success in World T20 to IPL

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Pacer Lasith Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to the World T20 title, the country's first major crown for 18 years, attributed his success in the just-concluded event in Bangladesh to the Indian Premier league.

"My experience of playing in the IPL for six years helped", Malinga said on returning to Colombo.

The team was given a hero's welcome at the international airport before being driven in an open bus to central Colombo's Galle Face promenade for a civic reception.

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Image: Sri Lanka's Twenty20 cricket team captain Lasith Malinga (right) displays the 2014 WT20 trophy to fans after arriving at the Bandaranaike International Airport
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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'I knew which side to bowl to them which field to set'

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Explaining the IPL experience, Malinga said Sri Lanka's success was mainly due to the Indian batsmen's inability to score runs in the last four overs of the summit clash.

"Indian batsmen are good at making a lot of runs in the final overs. I knew from my IPL experience which side to bowl to them, which field to set for them," Malinga, who consistently played well for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, said.

"In the final I was executing the plans we had discussed before the game. It helped having the seniors (Kumar) Sangakkara and Mahela (Jayawardene)."

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Image: Lasith Malinga
Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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Thirimanne replaced regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal

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Malinga had earlier faced criticism from local fans and media that he had put the IPL before country as his performance against India left much to be desired.

His poor performance was cited as the main reason for Sri Lanka losing the 2011 World Cup final to India.

He became the first Sri Lankan captain since Arjuna Ranatunga to win a World Cup for Sri Lanka.

The pacer was thrusted into the role after regular captain Dinesh Chandimal was rendered unavailable for the last two games through an ICC suspension and later being dropped for poor form.

Chandimal said he was happy to make a sacrifice for the betterment of the team.

"What was important was to win the Cup, so I was happy to let in-form Lahiru Thirimanna to take my place," he said.

 


Image: Lahiru Thirimanne
Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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