Cricket News One has to be a match-winner for the country: Lasith Malinga after ODI retirement

first_img New Delhi: The first ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the R Premadasa stadium on Friday after the end of their poor ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaigns had a huge significance for the hosts. Lasith Malinga, the bowling spearhead who made a name for himself with his slinging action, brilliant death overs bowling and ability to take hat-tricks at will, was playing his last ODI. Sri Lanka was boosted by a brilliant 111 from Kusal Perera as they reached 314/8. In response, the Sri Lankan crowds witnessed a Malinga special as he sent back Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar. With Bangladesh reeling, the stage was set for Malinga to bow out with the ultimate farewell. Bowling his final over, Malinga got the wicket of Mustafizur Rahman with a full ball for 18 as Bangladesh lost by 91 runs. Malinga ended with figures of 9.4-2-38-3 and ended with 338 wickets, the ninth-best among bowlers in ODIs going past Anil Kumble’s mark. Speaking after the end of the match, Malinga said it was the right time to retire from ODIs and urged future players to be match-winners for the country. “I have been playing for the last 15 years for Sri Lanka and this is the right time to move on. My time is over and I have to go. Winning is very important for me; We are a young team. I tried my best throughout my career. Some of the young bowlers in the country have a good ability, so they need to try and produce match-winning spells. You have to be a match-winner for your team, that’s my advice,” Malinga said.Also Read | Lasith Malinga asks BIG question to himself ahead of World Cup 2019Before Malinga came on to bowl, he was given a guard of honour by both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh players and he bid an emotional goodbye to all the fans at the Premadasa. In the post-match press conference, Malinga revealed his mode of operation that had yielded him so much success in the last 15 years. ” I only targeted to ball in fuller length. That delivery gives you 3 options to get a batsman out. Either bowled, lbw or snick. Short or back of length delivery only gives an edge. Why should I try otherwise when I can get success in one delivery?,” Malinga said.Also Read | Lasith Malinga aces the art of redemption after Mumbai Indians’ one-run win in IPL 2019 finalMalinga has left a big impression in world cricket during his 15 years. His ability to nail the yorkers at will set the template for death-overs bowling. His slingy action made him unique. He created history by becoming the first bowler to take four wickets in four balls during the World Cup encounter against South Africa in Guyana during the 2007 World Cup edition. Malinga has also taken three hat-tricks in ODIs which is the most by any bowler. In the Indian Premier League, Malinga is the leading wicket-taker and played a major part in Mumbai Indians’ four IPL title triumphs, including the last one against Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad which they won by one run when he trapped Shardul Thakur LBW with two runs needed off the last ball. Lasith Malinga is the leading wicket-taker in ODIs for Sri Lanka.Malinga has the ninth-highest wickets in ODIs with 338 wickets.Malinga is the only bowler to take four wickets in four balls. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Adam Silver encouraged by NBA players meeting with referees in effort to ease tension

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSilver also addressed the $50,000 fine assessed to Lakers president Magic Johnson in the wake of comments he made praising Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.“There is not always a simple, bright line,” Johnson said. “Context is everything. It’s one thing when you’re asking a coach a question about an opposing team right after a game. It’s another issue when a general manager or president of basketball (operations) sort of gratuitously issues a statement that is complimentary of a star player.”The two met on Friday, Silver said, and after that détente the sides “certainly understand each other.”Last summer, the league fined the Lakers $500,000 for tampering with Paul George when he was still with the Indiana Pacers.“In essence, what we’ve said to him, and it’s a clear message to other team executives, is ‘stop talking about star players on other teams,’” Silver said. “There’s a plenty of other issues they can address. And there is sensitivity around it throughout the league.” LOS ANGELES — Adam Silver said the NBA’s players and referees have taken important steps toward an improved relationship after the sides met Saturday to air their grievances.“I think it’s fantastic that, and a great statement about this league,” the NBA commissioner said, “that these important stakeholders … think it’s important enough, and they have an obligation to the game, where they should be sitting down and talking to each other.”The sides have been at odds for much of the season, with ejections on the rise and star players increasingly earning fines for their complaints about officials. The mini-summit was announced last month as part of an effort to open the lines of communication and ease the tensions“I’ve never thought this was just about ratcheting up fines,” Silver said. “There’s a larger issue in play here, and almost one that’s a little societal in (that) we owe it to young people, fans who are watching. We owe it to young people who get enormous satisfaction out of sports to see that we truly can get along and be respectful and empathetic.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more