Mumbai: Slinga Malinga alias Lasith Malinga is confident that he can bowl a lot quicker than what he has trotted out so far. “Against England I bowled at 145 kph. I know I have it in me to clock 150,” he told Cricketnext.com.
The pocket dynamo maintained that he has not modelled his sling-arm action on anyone. “It is natural. It has been like that ever since I started hurling the cherry,” he said.
Malinga is happy to be part of this mega event. He admits he was disappointed at not making it to the Sri Lankan side that was drubbed 1-6 by India last year. “Though I have been part of the Test side, I somehow could not cement my position in the instant variety of the game. But this time I was lucky to get another look-in,” he said.
Malinga is not duly concerned about his economy rate which could be a factor of his not being a regular part of the One-Day mix. “Both the captains (Mahela Jayawardene and earlier Marwan Atapattu) have asked me to go flat out for wickets. That is the only way we can have our noses in front.”
On his game plan in this version of the game, he said, “For the first five-six overs, I pitch the ball around the good-length area. I don’t try to do much initially. At the death (last three-four overs) I bowl full or york-length and try to mix it up with slow deliveries.”
Sri Lanka take on West Indies on Saturday in the last of the preliminary round matches of the ICC Champions Trophy.