“Playing in such a big competition like the IPL always makes people a little bit nervous. Lasith is an amazing player and his record speaks for itself.”
Hyderabad: Defending champions Mumbai Indians suffered a jolt even before they kicked off their title defence as Sri Lankan bowler and the highest wicket taker of Indian Premier League withdrew from the league citing family reasons.
In the ninth hour, they roped in James Pattinson as the replacement and the Australian bowler is confident of contributing to the team’s cause. He also heaped praises on Malinga. “Playing in such a big competition like the IPL always makes people a little bit nervous. Lasith is an amazing player and his record speaks for itself, but we are very different bowlers. All I can do is trust my training and skills to play my role for the team…My X-factor is my ability to swing the ball very late at a fast speed.”
However, he faces a stiff challenge from Trent Boult to make it to the playing XI. “You just have to play to your strengths. There are some players who have great slower balls and use them well and others that just try to bowl as fast as they can for their four overs. You also need to understand the role you are playing within the team,” he added.
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