Don’t be so quick to write off Malinga, says Muttiah Muralitharan

"It will take time for him to get back to his best"

“It will take time for him to get back to his best”

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Legendary Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has announced that it would be a grave mistake for teams to write off pace bowler Lasith Malinga following his disastrous performance in the World Cup match against New Zealand.

Malinga conceded 84 runs off his 10 overs and didn’t take any wickets as the Blackcaps went on to win the match by 98 runs.

“Although Lasith Malinga’s figures look like a horror show with none for 84 from his 10 overs, he will have benefited from the outing,” Muralitharan told the International Cricket Council (ICC) website. “We have to be realistic about him, after all. He is coming into the tournament off the back of no cricket since his ankle surgery last September and it will take time for him to get back to his best.

“And the chance to get more overs under his belt against Afghanistan and Bangladesh (in their next two games) will be good news for him and for Sri Lanka.”

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