Lasith Malinga back in supernatural swing
Lasith Malinga is such an integral part of Sri Lanka’s fast bowling
arsenal that it needed the nation’s President to intervene and ensure he
was fit for the World Twenty20s in England.
The bowler with the rare sling-arm action, whose toe-crushing yorkers
have tested the world’s finest batsmen, sat out the entire 2008 and
early 2009 season with a career-threatening knee injury.
Malinga, 25, was unable to run or train, and the swollen bone in his
right knee was so painful that he could barely climb stairs.
Worried the prodigious talent could be lost to the game, Sri Lankan
President Mahinda Rajapaksa recommended that Malinga should meet a
spiritual healer Eliyantha White.
“He (White) works with supernatural powers and herbs,” explained
“I don’t know what he does or how he does it, but it works. I am very
grateful to him and the President.”
The treatment lasted five days and the pain disappeared. Malinga was
fit to start his training.
White later reportedly cured veteran Sanath Jayasuriya of a
long-standing back problem.
Malinga marked his return to active cricket with a strong showing in
the Indian Premier League in South Africa where he grabbed 18 wickets in
13 matches for the Mumbai Indians.
“He is fast and furious and never easy to get away,” said an
appreciative Mumbai coach Pravin Amre. “Sri Lanka will be very happy he
Sri Lanka’s new captain Kumar Sangakkara, who once hailed Malinga as
the team’s ‘X’ factor’ for turning a game on its head, was delighted his
premier fast bowler was raring to go.
“He looks fit and hungry and bowled really well in the IPL,” said
Sangakkara. “It’s good to have him around again.”
Sri Lanka’s former coach Tom Moody, who now looks after both Western
Australia and IPL team Kings XI Punjab, said Malinga was an “unique”
“Everything about him is unique. His very unique action, unique that
he bowls at 90 miles an hour,” said Moody.
“He is different.” Malinga’s approach to bowling is simple and
Hurl the ball as fast as possible, preferably near the batsmen’s
toes. It could rattle stumps or even break bones, but will never be easy