An unusual pair were seen practising after the warm-up match between Sri-Lanka and Australia on May 27 in Southampton. Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga shared a few tips with Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis before returning back to their respective dressing rooms.
The 35-year-old Sri-Lankan has been around for almost two decades, excelling in all formats of the game. Feared for his pace in the early days, Malinga gradually started concentrating on variations later in his career.
“Variations are very important in the short-format game,” the pacer said in an interview with ICC on the following day.
Having won many trophies in his storied career, Malinga feels it was time he passed his knowledge and tricks to the younger generation. He has no problems in sharing secrets with the players who ask for those.
“Whoever wants to know, I will help them. I'll share tricks on how to bowl slow balls, which situation you will use it, why you want to use the slow one," Malinga said.
Stoinis grabbed this generosity of the Sri Lankan with both hands and stuck around after the match to learn from the vastly experienced Malinga.
“During IPL also he [Stoinis] had wanted to know how I bowl [it], I wanted to give him tips -- that's how cricket moves forward" Malinga explained.