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 within the match with 170 wickets in 122 matches, ‘Slinga Malinga’ has been a kind 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 capable of ship pinpoint toe-crushers coupled with skillful variations during the last 12 years of the VIVO IPL that made him some of the threatening bowlers to face at any stage of the sport, and the unanimous alternative for the GOAT bowler. In truth, it was Malinga’s final over that gave Mumbai Indians their fourth title with a one-run, last-ball win in 2019.
Former England captain and Star Sports skilled Kevin Pietersen, a part of the jury, backing his choice to decide on Malinga for the coveted award stated on Cricket Connected, “I’m going with Lasith. You look at the numbers he has served up and the way he has consistently used that yorker, that makes everyone talk about it. Malinga is my guy. I would go with Narine, but he has bowled on wickets which helped turn. Also, he has been questioned on a few occasions for this suspect bowling action, so I am afraid to say that I am going with Malinga”.
In addition, Malinga, the primary Sri Lankan to assert 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 successful 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 alternative for GOAT – bowler.
Source: Media Release
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