6 Wickets For 7 Runs! Meet The 17-Year-Old Lankan Who's Being Dubbed As The Next Lasith Malinga
Back in 2004, the Australian batsmen and cricket fans were uncertain about what to make of a young LasithMalinga's bowling action. The Sri Lankan's sling-arm action was unlike anything anyone had seen in cricket before. And, even if many raised doubts over its legitimacy, it was that unique bowling action which paved way for Malinga's success in international cricket.
Often regarded as one of the greatest limited-overs bowlers, Malinga, over the years, gained a reputation for delivering searing in-swinging yorkers from a round-arm sling action as destructive as it was distinctive. The yorker, a deceptive slower ball and an excellent bouncer, served as the foundation of Malinga's menace, while his action made the deliveries hard to pick by opposition batsmen.
Such was his influence that when he shared the Mumbai Indians dressing room with Jasprit Bumrah, the Lankan's advice and exchange of information with the young Indian seamer, who had a similar bowling action, didn't just improve the Ahmedabad-born cricketer, but eventually saw him become a vital cog in the Indian bowling line-up.
For quite some time, owing to his exploits on the field, we have labelled Bumrah as the next Malinga as the original faces the age factor catching up on his career. But, it seems like the Lankans have found another Malinga who appears to be as menacing as Lasith.
Trinity College Kandy produces another Slinga !!— NibrazRamzan (@nibraz88cricket) September 26, 2019
17 Year old MatheeshaPathirana took 6 wickets for 7 Runs on his debut game for Trinity !!#lkapic.twitter.com/q5hrI0Gl68
In a video that has recently surfaced on the internet, a young Sri Lankan seamer reportedly claimed six wickets at the expense of just seven runs in a college match. Playing for Trinity College in Sri Lanka, 17-year-old Matheesha Pathirana can not only be seen bowling with the sling-arm action like Malinga, but also appears to produce Malinga-esque deadly yorkers to rattle the stumps.
It was reportedly Pathirana's debut match for Trinity College which shows his temperament and ability to hold nerves. If the young seamer can continue to produce such bowling masterclass and is groomed properly, the world of cricket could very well see the rise of another Malinga in Lankan colours.