Aakash Chopra shares a video of young Sri Lankan pacer bowling like Lasith Malinga

Aakash Chopra shares a video of young Sri Lankan pacer bowling like Lasith Malinga

Malinga has inspired the upcoming generation players with his bowling.

Sri Lankan bowler
Sri Lankan bowler. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Lasith Malinga has certainly been an inspiration to many during his illustrious career. His slingy action seemed to be weird at the start but the veteran has picked 543 wickets at the highest level. His achievements are unmatchable especially in the shortest format where he delivers pinpoint yorkers almost at will. No wonder the younger generation is trying to follow his footsteps by copying his action.

The former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra, on Sunday, shared a video of the budding Sri Lankan pacer imitating Malinga’s bowling action. The only difference was the bowler’s release point which is way lower Malinga’s. However, the action was exactly similar and Chopra termed as Lasith Malinga version 2.0.

However, a couple of deliveries which the youngster bowled were no-ball and he might have to work on his run-up going forward while continuing with the same action.

Here’s the video:

Recent hype

The upcoming cricketers trying to imitate Lasith Malinga’s action is not a new thing at all. Recently, the 17-year-old Sri Lankan Matheesa Pathirana hogged the limelight with his deadly bowling which was similar to the 36-year-old. He stunned everyone with his bowling in his debut game for Trinity College and went on pick six wickets for just seven runs.

The video also went viral on social media and it could be clearly seen that the batsmen are not able to pick him at all. On the other hand, Pathirana kept on delivering yorkers at will and also bluffed the opposition batters with his variations. If nurtured properly, Sri Lanka will definitely have multiple Lasith Malingas in the near future even before the veteran calls it a day.

As far as Lasith Malinga is concerned, he is currently not taking part in any kind of cricket having withdrawn from the ongoing Pakistan tour. Along with him, top 10 Sri Lanka cricketers pulled out of the tour citing security concerns and they are expected to come back for the team’s next assignment. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka led by Lahiru Thirimanne will take the field in the second ODI in Karachi on Monday after the series opener was abandoned due to rain.

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