I learnt a lot from watching Waqar and Wasim - Malinga
Mar 2, 2011 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Sri Lanka fast bowler, Lasith Malinga, who became the first bowler in World Cup history to take two hat-tricks, has said that he learnt to bowl his deadly yorkers by watching Pakistan’s legendary pair of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Malinga ran through the hapless Kenya batting to take a career best 6 for 38 runs, and pick up the Man-of-the-Match award, as the opposition crumbled under his assault for a mere 142 runs.
"This is a slow pitch and bouncers will not work so I decided to go for yorkers," Malinga said. "I didn’t have any idea of how to bowl a yorker when I first came into the national team but I was taught how to bowl them by Champaka Ramanayake and Rumesh Ratnayake (two former Sri Lanka fast bowlers).
"I also watched Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis bowl and I learnt a lot from them."