Lasith Malinga (ලසිත් මාලිංග); is a right-arm medium fast bowler who is commonly known as for his unusual, distinctive and sling bowling action. Malinga’s slower dipper, death yorkers, and unorthodox action made him death overs specialist and one of the best bowlers in the World for limited over cricket.
He consistently bowls at 140 kmph, best known for his in-swinging yorkers and taking consecutive wickets. Malinga made his first-class cricket for Galle in 2001 and have played first-class cricket for Nondescripts in 2004-present, Basnahira in 2010-11.
In April 2019, he was named in Sri Lanka’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Notable Performances and Records
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Malinga is the only bowler the world to have 2 World Cup hat-tricks, 3 hat-tricks in ODI and first bowler to take four wickets in four consecutive balls in any form of International Cricket
Lasith Malinga captained the Sri Lanka team during ICC 2014 T20I Cricket World Cup, and under his captaincy, Sri Lanka won the T20 Cricket World Cup for the first time.
Maling is 4th Sri Lanka to take 300 ODI wickets after Muralitharan, Vaas, and Jayasuriya, and 5th quickest to achieve this feat with 203 matches.
He has a record of wicket-taking and has five wickets haul 3 in Test, 8 in ODI and 1 in T20I, with his best bowling figures 5/50, 6/38 and 5/31 respectively.
Malinga captained Sri Lanka Cricket Team in ODI in 9 matches and lost all, he captained his team in 6 T20I and won 3 of them.
He is the first Sri Lankan and second overall after Shahid Afridi leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals.
Malinga’s highest ODI individual runs is the highest ever by a number 10 batsman.
Franchise Cricket Records and Career
Malinga made his debut in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians during the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008 and retained by the same franchise to the most recent IPL 2019 edition and is leading wicket-taker in IPL with 161 wickets.
He made his debut in the Bangladesh Premier League for Rangpur Riders during BPL 2017 and has played for Khulna Titans in 2019, with the best bowling figure of 6/7 in BBL history.
Malinga made his debut in the Big Bash League for Melbourne Stars during BBL 2012 and retained by the same franchise until the next two seasons.
He made his debut in the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League for Guyana Amazon Warriors.
Malinga International & First Class Career Stats
|Match Format||Test||ODI||T20||First Class|
|ICC Batting Rankings||–||–||–||–|
|ICC Bowling Rankings||–||47||42||–|
Lasith Malinga as Captain Career
|Matches Format||Matches||Won||Lost||Drawn||Tied||No result||Win %|
Malinga Profile and Major Teams
|Full Name||Separamadu Lasith Malinga|
|Date of Birth||28 August 1983 Galle, Sri Lanka|
|Nickname||Slinga, Kagawa, Malinga the Slinga, Mali, Rathgama Express|
|Playing Roll||Bowler, Coach, Captain|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm fast, occasional right-arm off break|
|Test Debut||1 July 2004 v Australia (cap 99)|
|ODI Debut||17 July 2004 v United Arab Emirates (cap 123)|
|T20 Debut||15 June 2006 v England (cap 9)|
|Last Test||3 August 2010 v India|
|Last ODI||16 March 2019 v South Africa|
|Last T20||24 March 2019 v South Africa|
|Major Teams||Sri Lanka, BCCSL Academy XI, Galle Cricket Club, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kent, Melbourne Stars, Montreal Tigers, Mumbai Indians, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Ruhuna, Ruhuna Reds, Ruhuna Royals, Southern Express|