Written by Staff Writer
08 Apr, 2014 | 9:50 pm
Malinga explains what was instrumental in ICC World T20 victory/ Lasith Malinga, who captained the victorious Sri Lankan team in the ICC World T20 final, said that regular captain Dinesh Chandimal’s planning had been instrumental in their victory.
He made this statement at a media briefing convened at the BIA upon the team’s arrival. The entire team participated at this media briefing.
Following are the excerpts of the views expressed at the media briefing.
“As a captain, I was extremely fortunate that India qualified for the finals. The knowledge I gleaned from the IPL played an important part. This Indian team had some very prominent batsmen. And we were able to restrict them to 130 after 20 overs, having lost only two wickets. I think I succeeded in doing that. The experience of the IPL was very important here.”
“Thirimanne was recommended to take my place. He had played very well in the tournament. In addition he is a very talented cricketer. He cannot be hidden away. So, I came before the team and I came to the humble decision that I would not play the remainder of the tournament. I thought that winning the trophy was more important. The trophy was what mattered to all of us. As a cricketer I am extremely happy. As Malinga said, although there is a saying that fast bowlers cannot captain a team, he proved that it can be done. I feel happiness from the bottom of my heart that we were able to bring the world cup to Sri Lanka.”
“We have to have the mindset to play. Although we signed the contracts in the end, along with Sri Lanka Cricket, we represent Sri Lanka. All of Sri Lanka. If you were to ask Mahela and myself about our future, we cannot give you a long forecast. But if we are able to maintain our physical fitness and our form, we would love to play in the 2015 World Cup, we do not know what will happen beyond that. I think we will count anything beyond that as a bonus.”
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