New Delhi. At this time in IPL 2023, the batsman and bowler of Chennai Super Kings are running in super form. This is the reason why the team captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni is second on the points table after winning seven out of 12 matches. Dhoni and company are just one win away from making their place in the playoffs. On Wednesday, CSK defeated Delhi Capitals and put them out of the playoff race. Mathisha Pathirana Rana, popularly known as Baby Malinga, played an important role in this victory.
When Mathisha Pathirana was on the bowling, the challenge before him was to defend the target of 168 runs and give victory to CSK. The way the target of 200 runs has been easily chased in the IPL in the past, it was believed that Delhi would win this match, but Mathisha Pathirana took three wickets and destroyed Delhi’s batting order. Mathisha is the same bowler who was advised by MS Dhoni in the past to stay away from Test cricket. Why did Dhoni say this after all?
bowling action like malinga
Mathisha Pathirana’s bowling action is very similar to Lasith Malinga. On the lines of Malinga, Mathisha also has that ability that he can emerge as a very lethal bowler in world cricket. However, his same bowling action can also become a cause of trouble for him in one case. Lasith Malinga was also seen battling a lot of injuries during his career due to his different bowling action. Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is also struggling with injuries due to his bowling action.
Lasith Malinga represented Sri Lanka in 226 ODIs and 84 T20Is but Malinga, who made his international debut in 2004, retired from this format in 2011 only after playing 30 Test matches. He remained active in other formats till the year 2020.
Will benefit from the guidance of Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been giving right guidance to young cricketers for a long time. Bowlers like Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have spoken openly that Mahi Bhai is the main reason for the improvement in their bowling. After Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket, Kuldeep’s form deteriorated so much that he was dropped from international cricket. Talking about Mathisha Pathirana, he has a chance to touch heights like Lasith Malinga on the basis of his excellent bowling. However, it has to be seen how much he follows Dhoni’s words.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 11, 2023, 13:25 IST