Dhoni Should Play Another Year Say Malinga: Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga on Thursday defended MS Dhoni by stating that he should play for next one or two years so as to pass the valuable experience to new generation of players.
He even called MS dhoni the best finisher in the last 10 years and felt that no one in the near future can beat MS Dhoni. Dhoni has been facing flak for slow batting during the Afghanistan and England match, some even advised him to hang up his boots.
“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 told ANI.
“I think Virat has a good luxury. They (India) have good players, they showed their character in the IPL tournament. They know exactly their ownership in the team, every single player then Virat doesn’t have to do much,” Malinga said.
When asked about the Bumrah and Shami performance in the World Cup, he praised the duo calling them accurate bowlers and the players with good pressure handling ability.
“They (Bumrah and Shami) are the most accurate bowlers. Shami is the guy who took five wickets 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 said.
“I think that combination is very good for them. And I think they have two genuine good spinners. That’s why they are a well successful team. Jasprit is doing good in this world cup and I am still waiting for his five wickets in the World Cup. I fell if he gets five wickets in the semi-finals they will definitely qualify for the final,” he added.
When asked about the Sri Lanka performance in the World Cup 2019 and why they failed to qualify for the semis, he replied.
“Unfortunately we didn’t play two matches (against Pakistan and Bangladesh) because of rain wash. Then we won three matches. Then we have opportunity day after. We are also in a good position but unfortunately, we are not qualified for the World Cup semi-finals. Still, if we play in the last two matches we never know what’s going on. But we can’t control that,” he said.
“Avishka (Fernando) played really well and other young players had a good experience of the World Cup. I feel after the world cup they have to carry the momentum. Dimuth (Karunaratne) is good. He showed his opening ability in ODI cricket. They have to carry Sri Lankan cricket in future,” Malinga added.
When asked about the future plans, he passed the ball in Sri Lankan board court and then accordingly decide.
“I want to go to Sri Lanka and meet the Sri Lanka cricket board and ask what they are expecting from me next month or next year. Then according to that, I want to get my decision as soon as possible,” he said.