Lasith Malinga won't mind retiring if Sri Lanka reaches the knockout stage of the T20 World Cup
GUWAHATI: captain of Sri Lanka Lasith Malinga He won't mind walking into the sunset if his team qualifies for the qualifying stage in this year's T20 World Cup in Australia.
The only bowler with 100 scalps in T20 International, Malinga had said in March that he could retire after the Twenty20 The World Cup was scheduled in October-November, but then expressed its desire to play for another two years.
The player, known for his crushing New Yorkers, said he wants to take the 2014 T20 champions at least to the knockout stage in the next edition.
I already withdrew from the tests and the ODI. Now, whatever it takes for cricket in Sri Lanka. If they say it's enough for me, then I will also be very happy to retire from the T20, Malinga said on the eve of the series. -opening against India.
My only goal is to play the knockout round in the T20 World Cup. If Sri Lanka qualifies for knockouts, I wouldn't mind retiring at any time after that, he added.
Speaking about the series, Malinga said they would point to an Indian pacemaker and his Mumbai Indians colleague Jaspirt Bumrah as he returns from an injury and it is not easy to return.
It has the skill and precision. But after the injury, when you don't play much cricket in the last four months, bowlers struggle to catch up with the first games. We want to use that to our advantage.
I can transmit all the information about your attitude and ability to play bowling. But hitters will have to be smart enough to handle it carefully, he said of the number one bowler in the ODI.
Leading an inexperienced side, Malinga said they can't afford to play franchise tournaments at home, but they still managed to win in 2014, beating India at home.
We are looking for a new beginning in the New Year. T20 is an unpredictable format. We cannot predict who is the best. Anyone can change the momentum at once. I want to give young players a chance. They are talented, have skills but lack experience. It is an important series to set the tone for us.
Inspired by his final victory in 2014, Malinga said bowlers can win T20 games more than hitters.
In this format, the key is to win the situations and bowlers can win your games, he said as he remembered how they restricted India to 130 below the pair by four before sealing a six wicket victory.