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Malinga 'ready to quit' after Sri Lanka's T20I drubbing in India
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Malinga 'ready to quit' after Sri Lanka's T20I drubbing in India

Lasith Malinga has said he is ready to step down as Sri Lanka's T20I skipper following his team's crushing defeats at the hands of India.

After the first game in Guwahati was abandoned in farcical circumstances, India won the remaining two games by significant margins to sap the confidence of an already struggling Sri Lanka side.

Returning home from the latest series defeat, Malinga admitted his leadership credentials were rightly being called into question.

The 36-year-old seamer highlighted the lack of depth in Sri Lanka's batting and bowling departments, which eventually led to opponents dominating them in one-sided contests.

"We don't have that," he said, ruing the dearth of firepower in his side's batting stocks.

While Malinga claimed it was unfair to expect a dramatic turnaround in the team's fortunes under his captaincy, he accepted responsibility for Sri Lanka's underwhelming performances.

“I am ready any time. I am ready to quit," he said.

His personal form also suffered recently in the India series where he went wicketless and leaked runs in excess of 10 runs an over.

"I have to perform well because I have experience playing T20 cricket, but I didn't get a single wicket in this tournament," he had said following the third T20I.

"I have the experience in franchise cricket but at the end of the day, in this tournament, I did not do anything for the team," he added.

Malinga was the Sri Lanka skipper when the island nation lifted the T20 World Cup title in 2014 and was sacked from the position two years later.

He surprisingly returned to lead the team in the shortest format in December 2018 despite being out of the team for a prolonged period owing to recurring injuries.

There are also reports of discord in the team with a few senior players not happy with certain decisions made by Malinga.

“There seem to be deep divisions in the side. As captain, he has also sidelined his predecessors" including Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews, according to the Sunday Island newspaper.