After a game in which he suggested that he was once again the force of death bowling to be reckoned with, Lasith Malinga delivered the rhetoric that fans expect of him. He was disappointed that his 5 by 44 did not result in the victory of Sri Lanka. He made sarcastic comments about being out for a year, only to take 10 windows in four games on his return. It also seemed to suggest that the selectors of Sri Lanka could drop it again at any time.
But among the complaints and clichés of Malinga, there were also indications about his future in the game. He wants to play the 2019 World Cup. He has made peace with the probability that it will be the last.
"I feel that if I have the opportunity to play the World Cup, I will," he said. "It will be my last World Cup, I do not expect to have the opportunity, given the kind of things that have happened to me in the recent past, but I will take it if it is given to me."
The Malinga road back to the ODI team was unusual. He missed the one-day provincial national tournament earlier this year, and chose to work as a bowling consultant with the Mumbai Indians. If the selectors had followed their own policy, this probably should have excluded it from the 50-envelope format. But they were willing to accept that he had played well enough in the Canada Global T20 tournament, and in the provincial S20 T20 competition, to earn a place in the ODI team.
Four games, it feels as if Malinga had never been out. Vitally, he is also packing a good rhythm. He broke 140 kilometers per hour during his spell on Saturday, as he had done in the Asian Cup last month.
"Selectors have the right to make those decisions," Malinga said. "I'm just a player, my only job is to play when I have the opportunity, when I was away from the team, I went to play in Canada, I also played the district competition and got the best tickets, thanks to all of them. this level. Since I am nearing the end of my career, I am motivated to obtain land. "