19th Jan, 2024

EXCLUSIVE Lasith Malinga’s corner: “I’m still waiting for Brevis…he can create a huge impact for us”

By Lasith Malinga

If you look at our campaign so far in this tournament, we won one match with a bonus point, and lost two. You must have seen that all the games have been high-scoring games. What we are focusing on right now is to restrict the opposition to 170. For that, we have to minimize three sixes in the 20 overs. That’s our main plan now, reduce three sixes or five boundaries, and we can bring the opposition down. We always analyse and share our knowledge when we are on the outside. 

With Mumbai Indians, we have had some slow starts to in the IPL. In the SA20, the local players sometimes try too hard to perform well. But they realise after two or three games that to do well, we need to do the basics well. We are on that path now. I am sharing my MI experience with them, and telling them to do the basics right. 

This is the first time I am seeing this kind of consistent performances in T20s from the openers in the first six overs. I am hoping both Rassie (van der Dussen) and Ryan (Rickelton) can do the same in the future matches as well. All the youngsters watching MI Cape Town can learn how to take responsibility while batting from these two. 

Pollard is a highly experienced player in T20s. He is a calm guy, he analyses the game well. With Mumbai Indians, he would handle the pressure situations very well while batting. All young and experienced players look up to him. He is really happy and we are very happy for him. Similarly KG Rabada and Sam Curran are hugely experienced guys in franchise cricket. They are showing their experience here. 

And lastly, I am still waiting for Brevis. He is a genuine match winner. I’m still waiting…still waiting. He’s the guy who can create a huge impact for us. 

[Lasith Malinga is MI Cape Town's Bowling Coach for the 2024 season, and this column has been written ahead of the MI CT vs Paarl Royals game]

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