India ever-ready to face Malinga, thanks to IPL

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Published: Saturday, September 15, 2012, 12:48 [IST]
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'IPL helped to tackle Malinga better'

Colombo, Sep 15: India's Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan admitted that playing in the cash-rich Indian Premier League helped them tackle the deadly bowler Lasith Malinga, during their interaction with media on Friday.

Irfan Pathan who also played very well against the Islanders last month during the ODI series, said they could read his bowling well after playing the IPL as it has become easy to predict the deliveries.

"Yes last few series we have played him really well. Especially Virat Kohli. A lot of other guys in our team play him well too. Probably because we play him a lot in the IPL, that might have helped," Pathan told reporters.

Similarly, Raina, who also had a good series against Sri Lanka last month, felt IPL has helped them tackle Malinga better, as they played a lot against Malinga during the cash-rich league.

Moreover, he also stated that it has helped Virat Kohli as well. Kohli had smashed Malinga for 24 runs in an over during the tri-series featuring Australia and Sri Lanka in Feb 2012.

Since then, most of the Indian players have been doing well against Malinga as his average against India remains 40.88 while his career average is around 26.57.

Indians scored 96 runs off Malinga at Hobart when he bowled less than 8 overs which also shows how Indians dominated the attack.

"I think we have been playing him a lot in the IPL. We have improved against Malinga. Virat has been playing well against him too and all of us are playing him well," Suresh Raina said.

Now, having played the first warm-up match against Sri Lanka, Indians did pretty well against Malinga, Sri Lanka's bowling weapon, as they smashed 50 runs off his 4 overs, which certainly shows that Indians have learnt how to tackle the dangerous Malinga.

Virender Sehwag too had expressed the same last month, as he felt Malinga wasn't the deadly weapon anymore as cricketers have learnt to tackle him.


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