Malinga stated that he could have played in the second match against Pakistan but did not on the advice of the team physio, Tommy Simsek. He said that he was happy to perform the way he did in front of the Sri Lankan public. "I have played for the national team for the past seven years. A lot of people have said that I would not be able to play for a long time (due to injury concerns). But I am happy to have played for the last seven years." Contemplating his future the 27-year-old fast bowler said, "I don't know how long I could play, but I am happy to contribute to the team whenever I play. I believe I can still play Test cricket after considering my injury concerns. When I feel that I can't do anything for the team, I will happily retire."