Sri Lankan boy’s love of beach cricket on the Galle foreshore culminated in New Zealand’s batsmen being all at sea at the Basin Reserve. Chris Barclay details the fast bowling menace that is Lasith ‘Slinga’ Malinga.
The unnerving aspect about facing Lasith Malinga is you know pretty much exactly what’s coming – it’s just seeing it and getting your cricket bat in the way that’s the problem.
Equipped with an explosive round-arm action he generates genuine pace by winding up and releasing the ball at a lower than standard trajectory, directly in front of the umpire’s body between the neckline or midriff.
He’ll pepper batsmen with a bouncer or three, then maybe throw in a knee high full toss, before zeroing in a sandshoe crushing, 150kmh yorker at the base of the stumps.
It rarely gets any more complicated than that – it’s simple but effective.