The 35-year-old was a vital cog in the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians bowling unit this year, claiming 16 wickets to help his side win a record fourth title in the T20 cash-rich league.
"In the last couple of years, I have worked on the variations and it boosts confidence, but situation analysis is very important," Malinga said.
His performance against Chennai Super Kings
in the the final, where he backed himself to bowl a slower delivery in the final ball and defend two runs, has underlined Malinga's status as one of the world's best death bowlers.
"The team expects and I expect myself to know how to do this, if I want to be a match-winner I need to take wickets and if I feel that's a slower ball, I go for it. I have good confidence to bowl it," he said.
After the warm-up match, everyone was surprised to see Malinga sharing tips with the Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis
on how to deliver a slower ball.
"Variation is very important in the short-format game. During IPL also he (Stoinis) had wanted to know how I bowl (it)," Malinga revealed.
"I wanted to give him tips that's how cricket
moves forward. 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," he said.
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