Coach Chris Silverwood backed Sri Lankan fast bowler Matheesha Pathirana to become the” X Factor” at the World Cup on Friday in NEW DELHI, INDIA.
The 20-year-old, known as” Baby Malinga” because of his imitative approach to compatriot Lasith MalINGa’s unconventional action, has only participated in 10 ODIs and one T20, but is expected to be one of the tournaments’ breakout stars.
When Sri Lanka, the 1996 World Cup champion, plays South Africa in New Delhi on Saturday, he will have his first opportunity to make an impression.
” For me, it was, okay, how do I work with this guy to get away from the traditional bowling action, to see someone like Pathirana?” Silverwood said.
Because I won’t alter his action, I find myself listening to him quite a bit. It works for him because it is his and his.
For me, it’s about teaching him how to bowl in ODI cricket right now. Taking away the X Factor from him is the last thing I want to do because that is all he has.
When Pathirana played for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL alongside the former captain of India, he had an impact on MS Dhoni.
Dhoni even suggested that Pathirana concentrate primarily on short-format T20 and steer clear of Tests and red-ball cricket.
Even the youngster’s ODI commitments should be constrained, according to Dhoni.
However, Silverwood insisted that Pathirana’s selection of those options would be detrimental to Sri Lankan cricket.
The former fast bowler from England said,” I think it would be wrong for us not to have him there and not let Sri Lankan people see what their young, talented cricketers can do on the cricket field.”
They go out there, spread their wings, and fly, which makes me very happy to see the young talent coming through. Let’s see what they are capable of.
The future of ODI cricket and even the World Cup’s relevance are in doubt.
Fans poured into Ahmedabad’s 132, 000-seat stadium for the tournament opener on Thursday between defending champions England and New Zealand.
Although many present insisted that number was optimistic, officials claimed that there were 40, 000 people on the ground in the later stages.
Silverwood continued,” T20 is here to stay and it’s a beast of its own now, and I don’t think you can change that.”
When you consider the IPL, the glamour that surrounds it, and the players’ access to funding, you’ll see that it’s attractive and has all the razzmatazz.
However, I believe that promoting this game format will be greatly aided if we and all of the teams present can put on a good performance and demonstrate its excellence.