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Lasith Malinga

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast
Played for:
Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Board XI, Galle Cricket Club, Kent, Sri Lanka Emerging Players, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Ruhuna, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Academy, Sri Lankan Invitation XI, Sri Lanka Schools, Southern Province, Mumbai, Melbourne Stars, Basnahira, Ruhuna Royals, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Ruhuna Reds
Roles played:
Skipper-T20 | Bowler
ICC Rank:
Batting:
0
Bowling:
22
Batting:
0
Bowling:
13
Home country:
Sri Lanka
Born:
August 28, 1983, Galle, Sri Lanka

Profile

After the retirement of Jeff Thomson, the cricketing world hasn’t seen a better slinging bowler than Lasith Malinga. The Galle-born speedster is one of the very few world-class pacers that Sri Lanka has produced over the years.

Malinga grew up playing on the sandy beaches of Galle with a soft ball where he developed his unique round-arm action to deliver his now famous toe-crushing yorkers that has led to his nickname, 'Slinga'. He later made his debut for Galle in 2001-02 and developed a fearsome reputation in domestic cricket for hurling deliveries consistently at the toes of batsmen which makes it difficult to pick because of his unusual point of delivery, in front of the umpire's frame. A well-thought out move by the Sri Lankan selectors to include Malinga in the 2004 Australia tour paid off as he single-handedly rattled the Australian batsman picking 10 wickets in the two Tests. Later in Napier, he ripped through New Zealand's batting order bagging nine wickets in the game. He made his ODI debut against UAE in 2004 and was one of Sri Lanka's standout bowlers in the 2007 World Cup where he picked up a phenomenal 4 wickets off 4 balls against South Africa in a game.

A wonderful exponent of the yorker, Malinga's awkward action helps him generate disconcerting bounce and he also has a very well-disguised slower delivery up his arsenal. However, injuries have often kept him out of the playing eleven. Malinga retired pre-maturely from Tests in 2011, owing to a persistent knee injury but insisted on continuing in the shorter formats of the game.

Malinga has been an asset to his Indian T20 League franchise Mumbai, who owe a large chunk of their success to the Lankan pacer. His best performance for Mumbai came in the 2011 edition, when he finished as the tournament's leading wicket-taker with 28 wickets, thus grabbing the coveted 'Purple Cap'. Malinga is also a part of the Big Bash League In Australia with Melbourne Stars where he bowled a blistering spell, picking up 6 wickets, conceding 7 runs in 4 overs against Perth Scorchers and created his own personal T20 record for his best figures as well as the best figures in T20s on Australian soil.

Though retired now from Tests, 'Slinga' continues to be the strike bowler for Sri Lanka in the limited-overs format. His biggest success came in 2014 when he led Sri Lanka to their first World T20 triumph defeating India in the finals, a fitting send-off to Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara who played their final T20I.


Fast Facts

  • Lasith Malinga became the first-ever player to take four wickets in four consecutive balls in international cricket, a feat he achieved against South Africa in the 2007 WC.
  • He also became the first bowler in cricket history to have two World Cup hat-tricks to his name.
  • Malinga became the first bowler to notch three ODI hat-tricks in his career.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 30 37 275 13 11.45 44.42 0 1 64
ODI 166 80 424 24 7.57 77.51 0 1 56
T20 56 17 69 7 6.90 83.13 0 0 27
IPL 75 22 75 6 4.68 87.20 0 0 17
CLT20 14 6 69 3 23.00 168.29 0 0 37*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 30 59 5209 3349 101 5/50 / 33.15 3.85 7 3 0 260
ODI 166 160 7999 6879 256 6/38 / 26.87 5.15 8 7 0 354
T20 56 56 1163 1407 65 5/31 / 21.64 7.25 0 1 0 65
IPL 75 75 1739 1901 108 5/13 / 17.60 6.55 3 1 0 93
CLT20 14 12 287 321 24 5/32 / 13.37 6.71 1 1 0 11
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 7 0 4
ODI 21 0 12
T20 14 0 4
IPL 17 0 5
CLT20 1 0 1
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
T20 3 3 0 0 0 100

Career

Span:
Test:
2004-2010
 
ODI:
2004-2014
 
T20:
2006-2014
 
IPL:
2009-2014
 
CLT20:
2010-2012
Test
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs Australia at Marrara Oval, Darwin - Jul 01, 2004
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs India at P Sara Oval, Colombo - Aug 03, 2010
ODI
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs United Arab Emirates at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Rangiri - Jul 17, 2004
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Mar 08, 2014
T20
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton - Jun 15, 2006
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs India at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 06, 2014
IPL
Debut:
Mumbai Vs Chennai at Newlands, Cape Town - Apr 18, 2009
Last played:
Mumbai Vs Bangalore at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai - Apr 19, 2014
CLT20
Debut:
Mumbai Vs Highveld Lions at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Sep 10, 2010
Last played:
Mumbai Vs Sydney Sixers at Kingsmead, Durban - Oct 22, 2012
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