Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga says that he will assess his future after the current series against India. Malinga, who turned 34 on Monday, captained Sri Lanka in the absence of suspended captain Upul Tharanga in the fourth One-Day International on Thursday (August 31) at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and went onto complete 300 one-day wickets when he dismissed Indian captain Virat Kohli.
“I’m playing after 19 months following a leg injury,” said Malinga. “In the Zimbabwe and India series I couldn’t play well. I’ll see where I’m at after this series, and evaluate how long I can play given the way my body is.
“No matter how experienced I am, if I can’t win a match for the team and do what the team needs, there’s no point in me being here. I’ll see if I can make up for that 19 months and regain that form over the next three or four months. I’ll see the number of games that I get. If not I’ll have to consider the state of my body, and what is expected of me. If I can’t deliver that, then I’ll happily retire,” he added.
Except for Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne and myself, others have played very little. That’s why when a difficult situation comes and we’re playing against a good team, we find it hard to come out of that. Now we need to give these guys a place and experience until 2019. We need to be patient,” he said.