IPL 2023: Dhoni’s trump card is more dangerous than Malinga, teammates also shy away from playing, batsmen have ‘death’ warrant


Chennai Super Kings have performed brilliantly this season
The 20 year old bowler has bowled well for CSK

New Delhi. Chennai Super Kings have performed brilliantly in this season of IPL after last year’s poor performance. Despite not having an experienced bowler, CSK is second in the points table after winning 6 out of 11 matches. If any bowler has the biggest hand in this dazzling performance of CSK, then it is Mathisha Pathirana, whose action is like Lasitha Malinga. For this reason, he is also called Baby Malinga. In this season of IPL, if the batsmen are having the most difficulty in playing any one bowler, then it is the stone pelting. The reason for this is his strange action and high speed.

Mathisha Pathirana has played only 1 T20 match for Sri Lanka. But, from now on he is being considered as the star of the future. His bowling has improved under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In the last match of Chennai Super Kings, Mathisha Pathirana was elected Player of the Match. He bowled brilliantly against Mumbai Indians. Mathisha took 3 wickets for 15 runs in 4 overs. The biggest thing was that no Mumbai batsman could even hit a boundary against him. Mathisha bowled the 13th, 15th, 18th and 20th overs of the innings in the match against Mumbai and took 3 wickets for just 15 runs.

Why is Pathirana more dangerous than Malinga?
Mathisha Pathirana bowls with low arm action. This is his biggest strength. After the match against Mumbai Indians, Nehal Wadhera, who had hit a half-century, also admitted that Pathirana’s ball was very difficult to catch. Himself fellow Devon Conway does not face Pathirana in the nets. Rituraj Gaikwad has also played only 10-12 balls in the last two seasons.

Pathirana’s amazing control over the variation
The point from which Mathisha Pathirana releases the ball is even lower than Malinga. That is, his hand comes from further down than Malinga and Sri Lanka’s other slinger Nuwan Thusara. For this reason, it becomes difficult for the batsman to catch whether he is throwing a slower ball or a yorker. It is not just his action that bothers the batsmen. Pathirana has amazing control over his variations. He also bowls very good slower bouncers. For this reason, Dhoni uses him in the death over.

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Mathisha did not play the first 4 matches of Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2023. Despite this, he has maximum 10 wickets in 7 matches in 17 to 20 i.e. death overs. At the same time, his economy rate of 7.80 is the best among bowlers who have bowled 50 balls in the death over in IPL 2023. He also has good pace. In such a situation, it is not easy for any batsman to overcome a bowler with so many qualities.

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