Lasith Malinga: All My Hat-Tricks Are Special
Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Lasith Malinga has lost the count on the number of hat-tricks he has grabbed at the international level.
Lasith Malinga the 33-year-old pacer, who took one more in the 2nd T20 against Bangladesh on Thursday.
“Hmmm..is it four or five It is five…”, Malinga, who has arrived in Mumbai for the IPL season, said from his hotel room exclusively on Friday morning.
“I have a double hat-trick against South Africa, and one hat-trick each against Australia, Kenya and Bangladesh on Thursday. So my tally is five, one more than Wasim Akram”, he said.
When reminded him that his 4 wickets in four balls against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup cannot be termed as two different hat-tricks though it is a “double” hat-trick considering wickets with 1st, 2nd and 3rd balls and 2nd, 3rd and 4th deliveries, Malinga agreed, “if so (not two separate hat-tricks) then it is four”.
“I don’t rate my hat-tricks. All hat-tricks are special to me. All hat-tricks are important and dear to me. It is result of my hard work”, he added.
“Yes, I was disappointed when my team could not win the last match against Bangladesh despite my hat-trick. Obviously the entire team and reserve players were disappointed”.
Malinga laughed off the suggestion on naming one of his two children (son and daughter each) as hat-trick.
Interestingly, Malinga had Tamim Iqbal’s wicket off the very second delivery in the first T20 match.
Malinga didn’t play Mumbai Indians’ inaugural IPL match against Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune due to his international commitments but will play the other matches now on wards.