Lasith Malinga opines on MS Dhoni’s retirement: The veteran cricketer was vocal about Indian wicket-keeper and the fast bowling-duo.
Veteran Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga believes his Indian counterparts in Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are the “most accurate bowlers” in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
“They [Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami] are the most accurate bowlers. Shami is the guy who took five wickets [against England] and three wickets. Every time he gets the ball he knows how accurate it is for him.
“Jasprit is an experienced death overs bowler. He knows how to handle pressure situation,” Malinga was quoted as saying in an interview with ANI.
It is worth mentioning that both Bumrah and Shami have dismissed 14 batsmen each in this tournament. While Bumrah’s wickets have come in seven matches at an average of 21.07, an economy rate of 4.60 and a strike rate of 27.4, Shami had picked the same number of wickets in just four matches at an average of 13.78, an economy rate of 5.48 and a strike rate of 15.
Lasith Malinga opines on MS Dhoni’s retirement
Speaking ahead of Sri Lanka’s last league match against India at Headingley tomorrow, Malinga also opined on the right time for former India cricketer and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni to retire.
“I think MS [Dhoni] should play for another one or two years. He is the best finisher in the last 10 years. I don’t think anyone can beat him in future. He has to give his experience and situation handling to all the young players.
“They [India] have good experience in past captain MS Dhoni. I think that’s why they are a successful team. I think they are good enough to beat any team in this competition,” Malinga added.
Ms Dhoni have to play another one or two years, he is the best finisher and nobody can beat him. He should be there to share his exp and tips to young players in handling pressure – Malinga !! pic.twitter.com/hfWDkNpyfL
— 🖕 (@shasha_1495) July 5, 2019
Despite scoring 223 runs in seven matches at an average of 44.60 and a strike rate of 93.30 in this World Cup, Dhoni has been severely criticized for his approach towards batting.