I want to do my best for my team; ready to play until 2023

NewsBharati    31-Aug-2017

Colombo, August 31: Lasith Malinga, who returned to Sri Lankan squad after a break of 19 months due to an injury, said that he's now getting better and working on his fitness. "I am looking ahead to bowling the next ball and to get wickets in every match that I am given. I’m ready to play until 2023, I want to do my best for my team” he said.

"As a bowler, I've not been able to get wickets in the last couple of series," Malinga said. "A lot of people have talked about that. In fact, there has been more talk in the last couple of months than in 14 previous years that I've played, but I'm used to that. But whenever someone is coming towards the end of their careers, there is failure. People talk about them not being fit enough, or not picking him." 

"I was out for 19 months, but now I feel I am getting better. Everyone knows how major my leg injuries are. Now that my leg is getting better, I'm doing all the treatment and all the rehabilitation. The fitness also is improving, and now I feel really comfortable to bowl 10 overs - I bowl consistently."

Malinga added that Lankan team is not short on talent, but needs to work on how to execute their plans.

“At the moment, we have lost a few matches. But I still feel we have good young players and a few experienced players. This is time we have to stand up and give confidence to young players, that we're still good enough to play international cricket. People think we are not top of the table, but I feel we can change that.”

Malinga has 299 wickets in 202 ODIs thus far. He will be gunning for his landmark wicket tomorrow, whilst MS Dhoni will be playing his 300th ODI for India.