ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Lasith Malinga aims for another hat-trick at mega event, says 'would be special to get one'

Talking about Sri Lanka's squad, Lasith Malinga said the youngsters in the side are eager to prove themselves at the upcoming World Cup in the absence of big names

Press Trust of India, May 27, 2019 14:30:46 IST

London: Seasoned campaigner Lasith Malinga is aiming for another hat-trick in the upcoming World Cup having taken four wickets in four balls against South Africa in the 2007 edition of the quadrennial event.

"Why can't I get another hat-trick, I will be trying and that would be special," Malinga was quoted as saying by the ICC media.

File image of Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga. AP

File image of Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga. AP

Sri Lankan speedster, who needs just one more ODI wicket to topple compatriot Sanath Jayasuriya and move into the all-time top 10 list, said he enjoys playing in the England because of the testing conditions it offers.

"One of the things I like about playing in England is you have to adapt to every condition. It could be really hot or quite cold and that is a real test of your skill as a bowler," said Malinga.

The 35-year-old was a vital cog in the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians bowling unit, claiming 16 wickets to help his side win a record fourth title in the T20 cash-rich league. His performance against Chennai Super Kings in the the final underlined his status as one of the world's best death bowlers.

"It can never harm to get wickets. It was nice to be successful in the IPL again and it makes you confident but the conditions are so different here and so is the format. I know I've got the skills to take wickets and gives me confidence," he said.

Talking about Sri Lanka's squad, the veteran bowler said the youngsters in the side are eager to prove themselves at the upcoming World Cup in the absence of big names.

"In previous years perhaps we had bigger names but these guys are very talented and they are looking forward to proving themselves and making people notice them.

"We have the best 15 players in Sri Lanka right now and we have a mix of more experienced players and some exciting young players, who just can't wait to get started," said Malinga.

Meanwhile opener Dimuth Karunaratne backed the changed format which sees all 10 teams play each other in a round robin phase with the top four sides qualifying for the semi-finals.

"We know it's going to be challenging but we're looking forward to it. The new format where you play everyone is great but it means you can't get lucky. To win this World Cup you need to beat all the best and be consistent that is how it should be," said Karunaratne.

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Updated Date: May 27, 2019 14:31:21 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 7 5 1 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Pakistan 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254