Lasith Malinga

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: August 28, 1983, Galle
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler

Lasith Malinga Bio

Separamadu Lasith Malinga, also known as Lasith Malinga, is a legendary cricketer from Sri Lanka who is widely recognized as one of the greatest limited-overs bowlers in the history of the sport. Born on August 28, 1983, in Rathgama, Sri Lanka, Malinga gained fame for his remarkable ability to deliver searing inswinging yorkers from a round-arm action, which was as destructive as it was distinctive.

Malinga honed his cricketing skills playing soft-ball cricket on the beaches of Rathgama during his teenage years. His exceptional talent caught the attention of Champaka Ramanayake, a coach who believed in nurturing unconventional bowling styles. Under Ramanayake’s guidance, Malinga developed his lethal yorker, which would go on to become the foundation of his career. The coach would place a pair of shoes near the popping crease, and Malinga would spend countless hours bowling at them, perfecting his skill.

In 2004, Malinga was selected to tour Australia with the Sri Lanka team, where he made his Test debut and immediately showcased his talent by dismissing renowned batsmen Darren Lehmann and Adam Gilchrist in the same over. However, it was in the shorter formats of the game where Malinga truly excelled. He became the first and only bowler to claim four wickets in four balls in a One Day International (ODI) match, during the 2007 World Cup. This extraordinary feat elevated him to new levels of fame and made him an integral part of the Sri Lankan limited-overs squad.

Malinga’s unorthodox bowling action, combined with his unpredictability and tactical astuteness, established him as Sri Lanka’s premier limited-overs bowler. From 2007 to 2014, he played a critical role in Sri Lanka’s success in global tournaments. Despite injuries, Malinga constantly found ways to surprise batsmen and remained a force to be reckoned with.

While Malinga’s success in limited-overs cricket was widely acknowledged, he faced challenges in the Test format. A knee injury in 2008 forced him out of the game for two years, and he was plagued by fitness issues throughout his career. In 2011, at the age of 27, Malinga announced his retirement from Test cricket to manage his chronic knee injury and focus on prolonging his limited-overs career.

Malinga’s career had its ups and downs, and he often found himself in contention with fans and media. However, he consistently showcased his expertise in the Indian Premier League (IPL), representing the Mumbai Indians. In 2014, he led Sri Lanka to victory in the World T20 tournament by delivering a clinical final spell against India in the knockout stage.

In later years, Malinga’s fitness declined, and he faced several injury setbacks. Despite these challenges, he remained determined to continue playing and made significant contributions to the Sri Lankan cricket team. He stepped down as T20 captain due to a chronic knee injury in his left leg ahead of Sri Lanka’s 2016 World T20 campaign.

Malinga’s career has been a testament to his resilience, talent, and unmatched bowling skills. He is regarded as an iconic figure in cricket, and his unique bowling action has inspired many aspiring bowlers. Malinga’s legacy will undoubtedly be remembered for his exceptional ability to deliver inswinging yorkers and his unwavering determination to overcome obstacles and succeed at the highest level of the sport.

Lasith Malinga Career Stats

Lasith Malinga Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 30 37 13 275 64 11.45 619 44.42 0 1 36 6 7 0
T20Is 84 33 12 136 27 6.47 161 84.47 0 0 9 5 21 0
ODIs 226 119 36 567 56 6.83 761 74.5 0 1 45 21 31 0
FC 84 101 41 585 64 9.75 1446 40.45 0 1 - - 24 0
List A 291 154 44 740 56 6.72 - - 0 1 - - 40 0
T20s 295 92 39 426 37* 8.03 414 102.89 0 0 31 21 54 0

Lasith Malinga Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 30 59 5209 3349 101 5/50 9/210 33.15 3.85 51.5 7 3 0
T20Is 84 83 1799 2225 107 5/6 5/6 20.79 7.42 16.8 1 2 0
ODIs 226 220 10936 9760 338 6/38 6/38 28.87 5.35 32.3 11 8 0
FC 84 - 11927 7784 257 6/17 - 30.28 3.91 46.4 16 7 0
List A 291 - 13916 12264 446 7/49 7/49 27.49 5.28 31.2 15 10 0
T20s 295 289 6508 7679 390 6/7 6/7 19.68 7.07 16.6 10 5 0

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