No pres­sure on the team, says Malinga

The Hindu - - SPORT -

The Sri Lankan team is in tur­moil af­ter los­ing all the three matches of this lop­sided se­ries against In­dia but stand-in skip­per La­sith Malinga on Wed­nes­day sought to play down the tur­moil in the team, say­ing there’s no pres­sure on the host ahead of the fourth ODI on Thurs­day.

In the ab­sence of both sus­pended Upul Tha­ranga and in­jured Chamara Ka­pugedara, Malinga will lead the host, which is trail­ing 0-3 in the five­match se­ries, in the penul­ti­mate game here.

“This is time we have to stand up and give con­fi­dence to young play­ers, that we’re still good enough to play in­ter­na­tional cricket,” said Malinga.

“I don’t recog­nise pres­sure. If there is pres­sure that means you don’t know what to do in a par­tic­u­lar in­stance and you don’t have the abil­ity to do what’s re­quired.

“The team and I have to build a men­tal­ity whereby we don’t feel pres­sure,” he added.

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