Matheesha Pathirana has been one of the finds of Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2023.
New Delhi: Matheesha Pathirana has been one of the young talents to emerge at the top level in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Already impressed everyone, Zimbabwean allrounder Sikander Raza became the last to laud the Chennai Super Kings pacer.
Known as Baby Malinga, for his action that is similar to the legendary Lasith Malinga, Raza rated Pathirana higher than his senior and called him more trickier to read that his retired pacer who once dominated world cricket.
“Pathirana is a quality talent. I remember that (Lasith) Malinga was hard enough to face but Pathirana is just a bit trickier. His arm comes lower. Malinga was on the side, I remember. On that wicket, with those cutters and his 145kph pace, you just didn’t know what’s coming,” said Raza.
“Alhamdulillah, to be able to score those runs! I was just trying to find a boundary so I was lucky to get those three runs. I hit it into a gap. I guess when it’s your day, luck favors you in weird ways,” added the Punjab Kings star.