Lasith Malinga has been outstanding so far in the World Cup. He upset his opposition and gave Sri Lanka a winning knock. Separamadu Lasith Malinga, (Sinhala: සෙපරමාදු ලසිත් මාලිංග; born 28 August 1983) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and current Limited Overs Cricket Captain for Sri Lanka.
He is best known for his distinctive round-arm action. He is mostly used and called specialist death overs bowler.
Lasith bowls at 140km/h and is best known for his ability to take consecutive wickets, especially with his in-swinging yorkers. Malinga has taken 4 international cricket hat-tricks, which is most by a Sri Lankan bowler and equals with King of Swing Wasim Akram, Pakistani bowler and former captain.
Lasith Malinga is the second highest wicket-taker in all T20 international cricket after Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi leading wicket-taker. He is also known for consecutive wicket-taker.
Lasith Malinga picked up his 1st One Day International hat-trick against South Africa during World Cup 2007, it was not only hat-trick he picked four consecutive wickets on four balls.
Malinga picked up his 2nd ODI hat-trick against Kenya, during World Cup 2011. He is at the number one position who has most hat-tricks in ODI records.
Lasith Malinga has most hat-tricks in World Cup. He also picked up 4 wickets in consecutive four balls. Two Sri Lankan players have hat-tricks including Lasith Malinga and Chaminda Vaas. Total nine hat-tricks have been so far of which 8 teams bowler picked up 1 hat-trick, whilst Malinga has 2 hat-tricks.
List of all players who picked up hat-tricks in World Cup
|Lasith Malinga||Sri Lanka||v South Africa-v Kenya||2||2007-2011|
|Chaminda Vaas||Sri Lanka||v Bangladesh||1||2003|
|Chetan Sharma||India||v New Zealand||1||1987|
|Saqlain Mushtaq||Pakistan||v Zimbabwe||1||1999|
|Brett Lee||Australia||v Kenya||1||2003|
|Kemar Roach||West Indies||v Netherlands||1||2011|
|Steven Smith||England||v Australia||1||2015|
|JP Duminy||South Africa||v Sri Lanka||1||2015|