I know you have been going through severe pain due to your knee injury. Today I came to know that you will miss the England tour in June and likely to miss Australian series as well. It is really saddening hear all these.
Cricket fraternity missed you in the World T20 and missing you in this IPL. Had you led Sri Lanka in the World T20, then it could have been a different story. Sri Lanka looked like minnows without you. They had an inexperienced side and with only Mathews firing, you can’t expect much from them but your bowling, your captaincy that should have been the X-factor.
When I heard about your injury, I thought you may miss the initial parts of the IPL but missing the whole IPL, that never crossed my mind. There are no better death bowlers than you in the current era, even the great McGrath must have applauded your toe crushing yorkers.
Bowling in blockholes is a difficult trait to master and you have done it with ease. You fire one in the block hole, followed by another one, then another. We came to know, bowlers can consistently hit yorker length and low full tosses only when you showed us.
If the batting team needs only 6-7 runs in the final over say, with 5 wickets in hand then it is game over for the bowling side unless the bowler’s name is Malinga. That is the confidence you have instilled in us over the years.
Who would forget your 4 back-to-back wickets against South Africa in the 2007 ICC World Cup when Proteas were cruising for a victory(206-5 in 45th over). You almost singlehandedly won the game for Sri Lanka as your 4 wickets suddenly changed the complexion of the game to 207-9.
We see bowlers sledging batsman and showering bads words when they were gone for plenty but you are entirely different, all you do is just smile back at the batsman. You are not only a special player but also a wonderful human being.
We miss you, IPL miss you, Mumbai Indians miss you. We don’t know the how big is your injury, but we will surely pray for your speedy recovery.
Hoping to see you back in action soon.