Spearheading the Mumbai Indians’ bowling attack once again, Lasith Malinga talks about his vital role in keeping the opposition on a tight leash ahead of today’s game against Delfi Daredevils.
l After all these years do you feel the pressure, especially in a must-win game?
Honestly I don’t know what pressure means. I just really enjoy when I am bowling my four overs. And I am always looking forward to doing what the team needs at that moment. And from the moment I am given the ball, I go and enjoy my bowling.
l What were your plans for hard hitting batsmans like Virender Sehwag, etc?
Nothing specific. I don’t plan according to the batsmen; I plan as per my strengths, to bowl well in the first six overs.
l First six overs are very important. How crucial would you say are the last five overs?
In T20 every single over is really important; it doesn’t matter whether it’s the first six or last five. Since batsmen want to hit every single ball the bowler has to concentrate. The bowler has to concentrate on every ball and bowl according to the match situation.
l Usually, what team mainly focus on while playing important matches – is it about looking for wickets or restricting runs?
I don’t specifically focus on taking wickets. But if we try to restrict the boundaries then the batsmen want to hit every single ball and they are forced into making a mistake. That is the basic plan all teams have for their bowlers. We want to bowl good balls.
l What is the key to your bowling?
Key is to concentrate on my bowling and I want to bowl every single ball accurately. I am always thinking about bowling accurately, never mind (whether they are) yorkers or bouncers or slower balls. Whatever the ball (type of delivery) I want to be accurate.
l How has it been bowling with McClenaghan and Vinay Kumar?
They are international bowlers; they know what they can do and what the team needs. I am really enjoying bowling with these two bowlers.