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I can bowl 24 balls though I can’t run 2 km – Lasith Malinga

 

 

 

“I took four wickets in four balls against New Zealand. I was 37 years old then. Nobody complained anything about either my belly or my fitness that time.”

Sri Lanka’s foremost fast bowler in recent history, Lasith Malinga has said in a recent Youtube talk show with another former player Russel Arnold that he is not yet retired from international T20 cricket, also adding, “I can still bowl 24 balls.”

In a T20I match, one bowler’s maximum quota of overs is four, meaning a total of 24 balls.

“I can’t do the 2-km run (which is part of the present fitness test specified for the national players) but I still can ball for about two hours without any problem,” the ace slinger has added commenting on the current fitness eligibility for national selection.

“I can bowl 24 straight balls. I can even ball 200 balls. But because of the 2-km fitness test, I’m staying home. I know I can’t do that. Yet I took four wickets in four balls against New Zealand in Kandy last time. I was 37 years old then. Nobody complained anything about either my belly or my fitness level that time,” Malinga has argued.