Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga. Reuters

Sri Lanka’s veteran seamer Lasith Malinga has thrown a warning to other participating teams of the World Cup 2019. Malinga who has made a roaring comeback to the big stage has stated that he will be gearing up for another hat-trick at the World Cup. The experienced fast bowler had scalped a hat-trick in the 2007 World Cup when he had taken four wickets in four balls and had sent shivers down the spine of the South African team.

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Malinga has also made a promising comeback into the International circuit. It was speculated that Malinga’s career was in twilight but he was able to lift his game to the big stage. The gun fast bowler was also the hero of the final of the Indian Premier League between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

I Will be Trying to Take Another Hat-Trick at the World Cup - Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga has made a roaring comeback.

Two runs were needed off the last ball and Malinga used all his experienced and bowled a slower yorker to plumb Shardul Thakur in front of the wickets. In fact, Malinga still has a deadly yorker in his armoury and he is going to hold the key for the Sri Lankan side in the World Cup.

“Why can’t I get another hat-trick, I will be trying and that would be special,” Malinga was quoted as saying by the ICC media.

“One of the things I like about playing in England is you have to adapt to every condition. It could be really hot or quite cold and that is a real test of your skill as a bowler,” said Malinga.

Lasith Malinga had a successful Indian Premier League for the champions, Mumbai Indians. The gun fast bowler scalped 16 wickets for the Rohit Sharma-led side and he was seen at his best. Malinga stated it was good to be back in form and amongst the wickets.

I Will be Trying to Take Another Hat-Trick at the World Cup - Lasith Malinga
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Malinga is in good form.

“It can never harm to get wickets. It was nice to be successful in the IPL again and it makes you confident but the conditions are so different here and so is the format. I know I’ve got the skills to take wickets and gives me confidence,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka had lost their opening warm-up match against South Africa by 87 runs. However, Lasith Malinga didn’t take part in the contest. The Island nation is currently playing their second warm-up match against defending champions Australia.

Sri Lanka will begin their World Cup campaign against New Zealand at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on 1st June.

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