Lasith Malinga, Marcus Stoinis

ICC World Cup 2019: WATCH – Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga teaches Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis how to bowl a slower ball

Sri Lanka’s veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga, on Monday, said that he is ready to help anyone on how to bowl a slower delivery. He was also seen sharing tips with Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis after their warm-up tie in Southampton.

Malinga has been renowned for his death bowling variations and the slower delivery is one of his lethal weapons.


Speaking to the journalists after the warm-up game, Malinga said: “Stoinis asked me something about how I bowl the slower ball.

Variations is very important in the short-format game. During IPL also he had wanted to know how I bowl [it].”

“I wanted to give him tips – that’s how cricket moves forward. Whoever wants to know, I will help them. I’ll share tricks on how to bowl slow balls, which situation you will use it, why you want to use the slow one.”


Recently, Malinga was seen bowling the last over of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 final, pulling off a remarkable one-run victory for Mumbai Indians after backing himself to bowl the slower ball as his final delivery against Chennai Super Kings.

“Skill comes first, then you have to analyse the game. That’s two things a bowler needs to (do well),” he added.

When asked if Stoinis will be seen bowling slower ones like Malinga during the World Cup, the Sri Lankan pacer said, “Not round-arm, but I expect him to bowl the dipping slower ball.”

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