Malinda Pushpakumara

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: March 24, 1987, Colombo
Height: 5ft 7in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Allrounder

Malinda Pushpakumara Bio

Pawuluge Malinda Pushpakumara, known widely as Malinda Pushpakumara, is a skilled left-arm spinner hailing from Sri Lanka. Renowned for his dangerous variations and consistent performances, Pushpakumara has emerged as one of the most prolific domestic wicket-takers in recent times.

Born on February 5, 1987, in Sri Lanka, Pushpakumara began his cricket journey at Lumbini College in Colombo. His talent and dedication to the sport soon caught the attention of selectors, and he represented Sri Lanka’s Under-19 side in a triangular tournament featuring England and Bangladesh in 2005. This early exposure to international competition set the stage for his future success.

Pushpakumara honed his skills in the fiercely competitive first-class circuit of Sri Lanka, where spinners hold a significant advantage due to the nature of the tracks. However, it was not just the tracks that contributed to his success; it was his consistency and the ability to trouble batsmen consistently that set him apart. He topped the wicket-taking charts in the Premier League Tournament in 2012-13 and 2014-15, showcasing his exceptional abilities. Moreover, he remained among the leading wicket-takers in the intervening years.

The 2016-17 season proved to be a watershed moment for Pushpakumara. With an average of 13.79, he snared a remarkable 77 wickets, a staggering 20 more than his nearest competitor. These outstanding performances finally garnered attention from the national selectors, and at the age of 29, with 558 first-class wickets to his name, Pushpakumara earned a well-deserved call-up to the Sri Lanka Test squad.

Despite his undeniable talent, Pushpakumara faced stiff competition for a spot in the national team primarily due to the presence of the legendary Rangana Herath. The selectors believed that one left-arm spinner was sufficient, which may have contributed to the delay in Pushpakumara’s selection. However, his exceptional performances could not be ignored for long, and he finally got an opportunity to showcase his skills at the highest level.

Pushpakumara’s cricketing journey also saw him represent Sri Lanka A with great success. He featured in series against South Africa A, New Zealand A, and West Indies A, establishing himself as a formidable force in the international arena.

Off the field, Pushpakumara is known for his humility and dedication. He continues to work hard on his craft, always striving to improve and contribute to his team’s success. His passion for cricket and his love for the game shine through every time he steps onto the field.

Malinda Pushpakumara’s journey from the domestic circuit to international recognition is a testament to his exceptional skills and unwavering dedication. With a knack for taking wickets and an array of variations up his sleeve, Pushpakumara has firmly established himself as one of Sri Lanka’s most talented spinners. As he continues to chase further success, cricket enthusiasts eagerly anticipate witnessing his future accomplishments on the global stage.

Malinda Pushpakumara Career Stats

Malinda Pushpakumara Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 8 2 102 42* 17 224 45.53 0 0 15 2 2 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 2 2 0 11 8 5.5 26 42.3 0 0 0 1 2 0
FC 160 203 29 2359 80* 13.55 3869 60.97 0 4 268 65 150 0
List A 106 67 22 440 29 9.77 758 58.04 0 0 34 7 37 0
T20s 70 39 11 284 40 10.14 251 113.14 0 0 26 9 22 0

Malinda Pushpakumara Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 4 6 860 520 14 3/28 5/92 37.14 3.62 61.4 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 2 2 114 105 1 1/40 1/40 105 5.52 114 0 0 0
FC 160 286 35588 18544 936 10/37 16/110 19.81 3.12 38 51 80 26
List A 106 102 5041 3362 176 5/24 5/24 19.1 4 28.6 8 5 0
T20s 70 65 1360 1478 106 5/13 5/13 13.94 6.52 12.8 3 1 0

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