Lasith Malinga

Sri Lanka
Age
August 28, 1983 (38 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Galle, Sri Lanka
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
Sri Lanka
Bowling Style
Right-arm fast

Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga is the captain of the Sri Lanka T20I team. He led the side to a T20I World Cup win in 2014. Malinga has earned a reputation for being one of the most effective death bowlers with a distinctive round-arm sling-shot action, the reason for him being nicknamed Slinga Malinga.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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Bowling
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Team played

Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Sri Lankan Board XI, Galle Cricket Club, Kent, Sri Lanka Emerging, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Ruhuna, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Academy, Sri Lankan Invitation XI, Sri Lanka Schools, Southern Province, Mumbai Indians, Melbourne Stars, Basnahira, Ruhuna Royals, Rangpur Rangers, St Lucia Zouks, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, Ruhuna Reds, Southern Express, Kandy, Galle, Khulna Tigers, Sri Lankans, Stellenbosch Kings, Maratha Arabians, Montreal Tigers

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
228
119
36
567
56
6.83
761
74.51
0
1
45
21
T20I
83
33
12
136
27
6.48
161
84.47
0
0
9
5
Test
30
37
13
275
64
11.46
619
44.43
0
1
36
6
IPL
122
25
9
88
17
5.5
99
88.89
0
0
6
5

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
228
220
10936
9760
338
6/38
5.35
28.88
32.36
11
8
0
T20I
83
83
1799
2225
107
5/31
7.42
20.79
16.81
2
2
0
Test
30
59
5209
3349
101
5/50
3.86
33.16
51.57
7
3
0
IPL
122
122
2827
3370
170
5/13
7.15
19.82
16.63
6
1
0

Widely regarded as the best ever bowler in limited overs cricket with an ability to bowl dipping yorkers, Malinga’s penchant for taking wickets has been proven by his five international hat tricks. Retired from both Test and ODI formats, Malinga regards his appearance in the upcoming T20 World Cup as his swansong.

T20I Career

Malinga made his T20I debut at Southampton against England in 2006. Though he finished wicketless while conceding 25 runs, Sri Lanka won the match. He got his first T20I wicket against Kenya in the World T20 championship of 2007 when he claimed 2/17 in a match-winning effort. He had several good performances, including 3/43 against Pakistan and 1/8 against Bangladesh. The 2009 T20 World Cup can be considered the competition in which Malinga truly announced his arrival on the international stage. Match-winning performances against Australia, the West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland and New Zealand helped ease Sri Lanka into the final, where they eventually lost to Pakistan.

In October 2012, Malinga became vice-captain of the Sri Lanka T20I team and went on to become captain during the T20I World Cup in 2014, leading the team to the title. Injuries led to him relinquishing the captaincy a year later. A hat trick against Bangladesh in 2017 made him the fifth player (and the second one from Sri Lanka) to achieve the feat. Incidentally, Malinga holds the record for the most international hattricks (five). Another top-notch performance of Malinga was when he took 100 T20I wickets during the 2019 series against New Zealand. Four wickets in four balls during the series made Malinga holder of plenty of records.

In 84 T20I matches, Malinga has taken 107 wickets at an average of 24.08 and a strike rate of 16.8 with best bowling figures of 5/6 and an economy rate of 7.42. He also boasts one four-wicket haul apart from two five-wicket hauls.

ODI Career

On his ODI debut against the UAE in the 2004 Asia Cup, Malinga returned figures of 1/39, scalping the captain of the UAE team, Khurram Khan. After that, he became a regular in Sri Lanka ODI team. Four wickets in four balls by Malinga, the first player to accomplish the feat, against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup caught the attention of the whole cricket world. Interestingly, in that game, South Africa needed only five runs to win the match when Malinga was handed the ball. The Proteas had five wickets in hand. Despite Malinga’s effort, SA managed to sneak to a win. A second World Cup hat trick against Kenya in the 2011 World Cup was a unique feat and in August 2011, he went one better with a hat trick against Australia.

In the Natwest Series in England in 2006, Malinga took 13 wickets in five matches to help Sri Lanka win the series. His haul included spells of 4/44 and 3/26 in two matches. Malinga got his first fifer in ODIs when he grabbed 5/34 against Pakistan in the 2010 Asia Cup. Batting first, Sri Lanka made 241/9. Though Shahid Afridi made a hundred in the game, Pakistan were bundled out for 226 in 47 overs thanks to Malinga’s brilliance responsible for the wickets of Salman Butt and Umar Amin at the top of the order. Another great match-winning performance came in the 2011 World Cup match against Kenya when Malinga’s figures of 6 for 38 had laid Kenya low for a paltry total of 142 runs before Sri Lanka wrapped up a nine-wicket win.

In July 2011, Sri Lanka set Scotland a target of 285 to win and the Scots fell for a mere 101, thanks to Malinga’s exceptional haul of 5/30. A month later, Australia’s batsmen went down like ninepins to be 208 all out at Hambantota in Sri Lanka when Malinga took 5/28, figures that included the scalps of such eminent batsmen as Watson, Hussey and Clarke. Australia were at the receiving end once again at Melbourne in March 2012 when, chasing a modest target of 239, they were bowled out for 229 thanks to a 4/49 haul by Malinga, including the wickets of Warner and Watson. As a result of exceptional bowling at Abu Dhabi in December 2013, Malinga took 4.57 to help bowl out Pakistan for a modest 232. Malinga’s victims included opener Sharjeel Khan and Pak skipper Misba-ul-Haq. In an Asia Cup encounter against Pakistan in 2014, Pakistan were cruising in a chase of 297 to win the match. Malinga ran through the lower order as Pakistan were reduced from the relative comfort of 242/4 to be all out for 284. Malinga finished with 5/52.

Having been handed the ODI captaincy for the 2016 Asia Cup, an injury made the pacer opt out after playing only one match.  Since then he was sporadically made the ODI captain, first in 2016 and then in 2018. In the 2019 ODI World Cup, Malinga took 13 wickets in seven games to emerge as Sri Lanka’s most successful bowler in World Cups, besides becoming the fastest ever to achieve 50 World Cup wickets, accomplishing the feat in 26 innings. In his final ODI appearance against Bangladesh at Sri Lanka’s Premadasa Stadium, Malinga took 3/38 to finish with 338 ODI wickets. In 226 ODIs, Malinga has taken 338 wickets at an average of 28.87 and a strike rate of 32.3 with the best bowling figures of 6/38 and an economy rate of 5.35. He also boasts 11 four-wicket hauls apart from eight five-wicket hauls.

Test Career

Malinga had a fairly impressive Test debut against Australia at Darwin in 2004 when he took 2/50 and 4/42, though Sri Lanka lost the match. However, Malinga found himself on the winning side when South Africa toured Sri Lanka later that year. In the second Test played at Colombo, Malinga took 1/51 and 3/54 as Sri Lanka went on to win the match. In a memorable performance against New Zealand at Wellington, Malinga took 5/68 to give Sri Lanka a handy first-innings lead of 138, in a match Sri Lanka managed to win. In what must rank as one of Sri Lanka’s best test wins, at Galle in 2010, Malinga’s 2/55 against the visiting Indians caused India to be bowled out for 276. Following on, India scored 338, leaving Sri Lanka 96 to win which they did with great ease.  Malinga took 5/50 in the second innings to guide Sri Lanka to victory. That was Malinga’s last Test series. In 30 Test matches, Malinga has taken 101 wickets at an average of 33.15 and a strike rate of 51.5 with the best bowling figures of 5/50 and an economy rate of 3.85. He also boasts three five-wicket hauls.

IPL Career

From the very beginning of the IPL in 2018, Malinga has represented the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise of Mumbai Indians. He replaced Shaun Pollock as the linchpin of the attack after Pollock had retired having played the first season.

IPL 2011

In the first match of the IPL 2011, a fifer against Delhi Daredevils by Malinga kept them down to 95. That set the tone for the rest of the season as Malinga emerged the most successful bowler with 28 wickets in 16 games to win the Purple Cap. He replicated the performance in the Champions League T20 tournament that year.

IPL 2017

This was one of Malinga’s worst IPL seasons in which he was benched for many matches.

IPL 2018

While Mumbai Indians did not buy Malinga during the IPL 2018 auction after a dip in his bowling form the team management named him the team’s bowling mentor in February 2018. Thus, Malinga became a coach of Mumbai Indians while Shane Bond served as the bowling coach of the franchise. Malinga was expected to provide support as a mentor ahead of the 2018 IPL season.

IPL 2019

In December 2018, Mumbai Indians bought Malinga again for the IPL 2019 season. After opting out of the first six games, Malinga contributed to Mumbai Indians’ title win alongside Bumrah in the bowling attack.

With 179 wickets in 127 games, including both IPL and CLT20, Malinga remains Mumbai’s top wicket-taker. He began brilliantly, in 2009, snaring 18 wickets in 13 games. In 2010, he got 15 wickets in 13 games. In 2011, he performed even better with 28 wickets in 16 games. In 2012, 14 games fetched Malinga 22 wickets, while in 2013, he got 20 wickets in 17 matches. He snared 16 victims in 10 games in 2014 and his catch was much higher in 2015 when his 24 wickets in 15 games helped MI to win the title. 2017 was possibly his worst season when he got 11 wickets in 12 matches played, though he made a brilliant comeback in 2019 with 16 wickets in 12 games that helped Mumbai Indians to yet another title.

Lasith Malinga’s Current Teams

Apart from the Sri Lanka T20I side, Malinga currently represents Mumbai Indians in the IPL and the Khulna Tigers in the BBL.

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