In November, Bangladesh will tour Sri Lanka. With the
test series success against Zimbabwe and the astonishing batting performance in the
Natwest ODI series in England, we all will be expecting a decent fight against Sri
Lanka from our team. We faced Sri Lanka?s legendary bowling firepower of Chaminda Vaas and
Muralitharan in our previous encounters. But this will be the first time our
batting line up will face Sri Lanka's freakish new fast bowler Lasith Malinga.
After watching Malinga?s bowling action for the first time
against the West Indians, I certainly have the fear that this effervescent and
unconventional pacer might destroy Bangladeshi batting lineup in a
flurry with his freakish slingshot action.
those who haven?t seen Malinga?s bowling action, I?ve prepared a video of
two overs bowled by him in the first test against West Indies.
Watch this video and the related information, and you will know the damage he is
capable of doing with his very unusual and fast bowling action.
Lasith Malinga has been brought into the limelight not so
much for his cricketing abilities, but for his distinctive and explosive round-arm,
slingshot action, by which he shocks almost every batsman. He has a mixed action, landing with his hips side-on and then
straightening them suddenly as he releases the ball. This is one of the most
aggravated slingshot actions in world cricket. Malinga releases the ball in front of
the umpire's tie, and most batsmen have a horrid time trying to pick his
140 kmph balls aimed right at their toes.
At first sight, I thought "Isn?t he chucking?"
Australian sports columnist Patrick Fitzgerald expressed similar doubts, ?Not
for one moment am I suggesting that the effervescent Lasith Malinga is a
chucker, but there was a time when I thought you actually had to deliver the
ball more or less over the shoulder and not from the vicinity of the umpire's
navel or sideways??
But a closer look explains that it is not an under-arm-, but an unusual side-arm bowling action. Side-arm bowling was popular
in the 1800s, but world cricket have not seen much of it in the last hundred years.
Underarm bowling was disallowed in the laws in 2000, but neither over
arm nor side-arm is defined in the laws.
John Dyson, Sri Lanka?s ex-coach, hopes that Malinga
will continue to cause problems. "He's a little bit unorthodox and batsmen have
trouble picking him up. We've seen it in the middle with Australia, South Africa
and New Zealand; he is very difficult to pick up?
Malinga, 21, was the most impressive Sri Lankan
bowler in the drawn Test against New Zealand at Napier, where he took a career-best five wickets for 80 runs in the second innings, and had match figures of 9 for 210. Seven of his
wickets were either bowled or LBW, as the Kiwis continually struggled to pick
up his deliveries. The Kiwi
batsmen even asked the umpires to remove their dark ties and change their trouser
color as the ball was being delivered from in front of the umpire's chest!
Umpires removed their dark maroon ties to help the batsmen pick up Malinga's
point of delivery. Steve Bucknor went as much as draping a white jersey in front of his trousers.
New Zealand Captain Fleming termed Malinga's
case as a "unique" situation and added: "We found it extremely tough to pick him
up. We've asked for the umpire?s uniforms to be changed.? Fleming told the AFP
news agency "We can't see him", describing how the New Zealand batsmen were
finding it almost impossible to pick up the ball from Malinga.
I am sure the Bangladeshi batsman will eventually get
accustomed to his bowling action, but how long they willl take for this
adjustment is the main concern.
Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and West Indies ? the batting lineups of all those
countries had trouble reading Malinga?s bowling. Our batsmen are now up for this new Malinga
challenge and they should do their home work.
Lasith Malinga: Bowling Action Video