Mumbai Indians deadly strike weapon Lasith Malinga was declared the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T) amongst bowlers in the storied historical past of the IPL by an esteemed jury of Star Sports on their flagship present Cricket Connected. The Sri Lankan veteran, a part of an elite 10-bowler nominee checklist, pipped the likes of Dale Steyn, Ashish Nehra, Sunil Narine and Jasprit Bumrah for the award.
The highest wicket-taker in the match with 170 wickets in 122 matches, ‘Slinga Malinga’ has been a type of legends who modified the notion of T20 cricket and have become one of many early heroes in a batsman-dominated format.
Despite overcoming a string of health points, Malinga has been in a position to ship pinpoint toe-crushers coupled with skillful variations during the last 12 years of the IPL that made him some of the threatening bowlers to face at any stage of the sport, and the unanimous selection for the GOAT bowler. In reality, it was Malinga’s final over that gave Mumbai Indians their fourth title with a one-run, final-ball win in 2019.
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen, a part of the jury, backed his choice to select Malinga for the coveted award and stated on Cricket Connected,”I’m going with Lasith. You take a look at the numbers he has served up and the way in which he has consistently used that yorker, that makes everybody speak about it. Malinga is my man. I’d go together with Narine, however he has bowled on wickets which helped flip. Also, he has been questioned on just a few events for this suspect bowling motion, so I’m afraid to say that I’m going with Malinga.”
In addition, Malinga, the primary Sri Lankan to declare 4 wickets in 4 deliveries, went previous Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Imran Tahir and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have been additionally a part of the nominee checklist.
Besides profitable Pietersen’s vote, Malinga additionally discovered favour amongst Star Sports consultants Dean Jones, Mathew Hayden, Aakash Chopra, Graeme Smith, Simon Doull, Ian Bishop and Tom Moody, who all voted for the Sri Lankan as their first selection for GOAT — bowler.