Malinga at SCG Sydney in 2010
|Full name||Separamadu Lasith Malinga Swarnajith|
28 August 1983 |
Galle, Sri Lanka
|Nickname||Slinga, Maali , Malinga the Slinger|
|Bowling style||Right-arm Fast|
|Test debut (cap 99)||1 July 2004 v Australia|
|Last Test||3 August 2010 v India|
|ODI debut (cap 123)||17 July 2004 v United Arab Emirates|
|Last ODI||7 November 2015 v West Indies|
|ODI shirt no.||99|
|T20I debut (cap 9)||15 June 2006 v England|
|Last T20I||25 February 2016 v UAE|
|Domestic team information|
|2008– Present||Mumbai Indians|
|2012- Present||Melbourne Stars|
|2013- Present||Dhaka Gladiators|
|2014- Present||Southern Express|
|Source: Cricinfo, 25 February 2016|
Separamadu Lasith Malinga (Sinhalese: සපරමාදු ලසිත් මාලිංග; born 28 August 1983), in Galle, popularly as Lasith Malinga, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and 2014 ICC World Twenty20 winning captain. He was the captain of Twenty20 International side for Sri Lanka, until 7 March 2016, where Malinga stepped down from captaincy due to his continuous injuries.
Malinga is a specialist fast bowler with a unique round-arm action, sometimes referred to as a sling action, which leads to his nickname, "Slinga Malinga" and conversely, his bowling style being nicknamed "Malinga the Slinga" both terms still consistently being associated with him in street cricket and general cricketing society.
He is known for his ability to take consecutive wickets, with in-swinging death yorkers: he is the only bowler in the world to have two World Cup hat-tricks, the only bowler to have taken three hat-tricks in ODIs and the only player to have taken four wickets in four consecutive balls in any form of international cricket. On 22 April 2011, he announced his retirement from Test cricket. He bowls around a speed of 140 km/h (87 mph). His fastest ball was clocked at 155.7 km/h (96.8 mph) in 2011, which is still tied for the 4th fastest speed amongst active bowlers (shared with Dale Steyn) as of 3 January, 2015.
His ODI and T20 bowling average and economy rate are amongst the best in the game. He is known for his ability to bowl yorkers and slower bowls to restrict scoring in the later overs of games. He is the highest wicket taker in all Twenty20 cricket and highest wicket taker for Sri Lanka in Twenty20 Internationals as well.
Malinga was the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the team that made the final of 2007 Cricket World Cup, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20.
- 1 Early years
- 2 Style
- 3 International career
- 4 T20 Domestic
- 5 Records
- 6 International five-wicket hauls
- 7 Domestic record
- 8 Awards
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Malinga grew up in modest circumstances in Rathgama, a coastal village situated 12 km North-West of Galle. He often played cricket with friends on the sand banks and coconut groves by a river in his cricket-obsessed village. He had his education at three schools, namely Mahinda College, Galle, Vidyaloka College, Galle and Vidyathilake Vidyalaya, Thiranagama. Malinga had his primary education at Vidyathilake Vidyalaya in Thiranagama, a school situated near by his village. After passing the grade 5 Scholarship Examination in 1993, he entered Vidyaloka College, Galle for his secondary education, where incidentally he also started his cricket career. Here he was discovered by former Sri Lankan paceman Champaka Ramanayake. Champaka, so impressed by Malinga's raw ability, invited him to join the Galle Cricket Club. Champaka also helped him to join the first XI cricket team of Mahinda College, Galle. A short-lived attempt to make Malinga's action more upright led to much reduced pace and failing accuracy. Malinga promptly returned to his natural action with success, and with great encouragement from Ramanayake.
Malinga's action has attracted great comment. The cricket reference text Wisden has noted that Malinga's delivery action is similar to "slinging". Resulting to his nickname "Slinga Malinga". Malinga has said that his unique round-arm bowling action was a result of learning to play cricket exclusively with a tennis ball. Typically, younger bowlers are encouraged to deliver the ball with their arm near vertical to remove or reduce direction variables.
Sir Viv Richards admired Lasith Malinga's impressive bowling during the ICC World Cup 2007 which was held in Caribbean, saying that Lasith Malinga is the best thing that happened to Sri Lankan cricket after Aravinda De Silva.
He made his Test debut on the July 1–3, 2004, at Darwin's Marrara Oval. He was immediately successful, taking 6 wickets in the match (Darren Lehmann twice, Adam Gilchrist, Damien Martyn, Shane Warne and Michael Kasprowicz) He was impressed by the friendliness of the Australian team in general, and in particular Adam Gilchrist who sought him out after the game to present him with one of the match stumps in the Sri Lankan dressing room.
He developed into Sri Lanka's fastest Test bowler and a regular member of both their Test and One Day International sides. He has earned a reputation for troubling batsmen with his lively pace and well-directed bouncer. He regularly bowls at speeds between 140 and 150 km/h (87 to 93 mph) and sometimes slightly faster. As time went by he started to lose pace clocking around 130 to 140 km/h. His slower off cutter was also menacing. He burst onto the test scene after ripping through the New Zealand top order, helping Sri Lanka draw the test series on their 2006/07 tour of New Zealand. He announced his retirement from Test cricket on 22 April 2011 in order to prolong his career in ODI and T20 cricket.
One Day Internationals (ODI)
During the Sri Lankan team's tour of New Zealand in 2004–2005, the New Zealand team found his action hard to play and the NZ captain, Stephen Fleming asked the umpire to change his belt and tie to a lighter colour so that they would be better able to see the ball being released from Malinga's hand. The umpire did not do so.
Malinga became a highlight during the 2007 Cricket World Cup, when on March 28, 2007, against South Africa he became the first ever player to take four wickets in four consecutive balls in international cricket. This was also only the fifth hat-trick in World Cup history, the third ODI hat-trick for Sri Lanka and the 24th in all ODI history. Malinga's victims were Shaun Pollock (bowled at 13), Andrew Hall (caught by Upul Tharanga at 0), Jacques Kallis (caught by Kumar Sangakkara at 86), and Makhaya Ntini (bowled at 0). He nearly took the final wicket as a ball shaved the stumps. Despite Malinga's lethal spell, however, South Africa proceeded to win the match by 1 wicket with 10 balls still left. During the 2011 Cricket World Cup, Malinga took his second career hat-trick in Sri Lanka's group stage match against Kenya. This made him the first bowler to take two World Cup hat-tricks, and the fourth to take two hat-tricks in all One Day International cricket (alongside Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq and Chaminda Vaas). In August 2011, he managed yet another hat-trick, against Australia, to become the first man to take three hat-tricks in ODI cricket.
Malinga took 7 five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket and reached 280 plus ODI wickets currently.
Twenty20 International (Twenty20)
In the 2011 Champions League Twenty20, he was the highest wicket taker in the tournament and won the golden wicket for this performance and won the award for the player of the tournament. Malinga also hit a lot of runs. He has been named as the official event ambassador for the World Twenty20 Championships by ICC.
Malinga was named as the vice-captain of the Sri Lankan Twenty20 International team in October 2012.
He became captain of Sri Lankan Cricket Team in 2014 ICC World Twenty20 after Dinesh Chandimal received a ban. He successfully led the team to win the world cup becoming the first Sri Lankan captain to win the ICC World Twenty20.
After West Indies tour, Malinga suffered by back injury and a knee injury. With this, he did not participate to both New Zealand tour and India tour, hoping that he will recover when 2016 ICC World Twenty20 begins. However, Malinga was appointed as the captain for 2016 Asia Cup, where he was only able to play against UAE, with a match-winning bowling performance. The knee injury backed up him in the next matches and Sri Lanka lost all matches due to absence of Malinga in the team. Sri Lanka announced his World T20 team with Malinga as the captain, but continuous injuries results Malinga to stepped down from captaincy and Angelo Mathews has been named as the captain in all formats. Even though Sri Lanka felt that Malinga will recover for the World cup matches, his injury results him to ruled out of the Twenty20 squad. He returned home due to prevailing bone bruise on his left knee and a player will announce for his replacement.
Malinga plays for Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians. He is their strike bowler in this format and is a leading bowler in the competition. World record holder Sachin Tendulkar and ex-Mumbai Indians captain described Malinga as an important cog in the Mumbai Indians game plan after the retirement of strike bowler and captain Shaun Pollock, who represented the team in the first season. In the first match for the Mumbai Indians in the fourth season, he got 5 wickets against Delhi Daredevils, restricting them to a mere 95. His best bowling figures ever is 6/7 for Melbourne Stars against Perth Scorchers in December 2012.
He won the Purple Cap award (most wickets) in the fourth season of Indian Premier League with 28 scalps in 16 matches. Throughout the tournament, he led the Mumbai Indians attack from the front and was instrumental in many victories.
- Only bowler in cricketing history to take four wickets in four consecutive balls in international cricket (vs. South Africa March 2007).
- The first and, to date, only bowler in cricketing history to take three hat-tricks in One Day International cricket, taking his third in August 2011.
- Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews hold the highest run partnership for the 9th wicket in an ODI: 132 runs, against Australia in Melbourne in 2010. Malinga scored 56 Runs from 48 balls including six fours and two sixes; Mathews scored 77 runs off 84 deliveries including eight fours and one six.
- He is the only bowler with two World Cup hat tricks, against South Africa in the 2007 Cricket World Cup and the other against Kenya in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
- Best Twenty20 figures in Australian domestic and 2nd in the world.
- As of February 2016, Lasith Malinga, with 299 wickets in 221 games is the highest wicket-taker in all Twenty20 matches.
- Lasith Malinga now holds highest number of wickets (143) in Indian Premier League. Having all-time "purple cap" as of now.
International five-wicket hauls
Test Five Wicket hauls
|1||5/80||5||New Zealand||McLean Park||Napier||New Zealand||2005|
|2||5/68||21||New Zealand||Basin Reserve||Wellington||New Zealand||2006|
|3||5/50||29||India||Galle International Stadium||Galle||Sri Lanka||2010|
ODI Five Wicket hauls
|1||5/34||55||Pakistan||Dambulla Cricket Stadium||Dambulla||Sri Lanka||2010|
|4||5/28||82||Australia||MRIC Stadium||Hambantota||Sri Lanka||2011|
|5||5/54||90||South Africa||Boland Park||Paarl||South Africa||2012|
|6||5/52||163||Pakistan||Fatullah Osmani Stadium||Fatullah||Bangladesh||2014|
T20I Five Wicket hauls
|1||5/31||38||England||Pallekele Cricket Stadium||Pallekele||Sri Lanka||2012|
Twenty20 Five Wicket hauls
|1||5/13||Mumbai||Delhi||Feroz Shah Kotla||Delhi||India||2011|
|2||5/32||Mumbai||Chennai||Wanderers Stadium||Johannesburg||South Africa||2012|
Man of the Match Awards
|S No||Series||Season||Match Performance||Result|
|1||1st Test - Sri Lanka in New Zealand Test Series||2004/05||1st Innings - 34-5-130-4 ; 1 ct. ; 0* (10 balls)
2nd Innings - 24.4-4-80-5 ; DNB
|2||1st Test - India in Sri Lanka Test Series||2010||1st Innings - 64 (75 balls, 9x4, 2x6) ; 13-0-55-2
2nd Innings - 17-2-50-5 ; DNB
|Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets.|
One-Day International Cricket
Player of the Series awards
|1||Sri Lanka in Australia||2010/11||58 runs with one fifty ; 2 wickets. (3 Matches)||Sri Lanka Won the series 2-1.|
|2||Sri Lanka in England||2014||12 runs ; 7 wickets. (5 Matches)||Sri Lanka Won the series 3-2.|
Man of the Match awards
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||Kenya||R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||1 March 2011||7.4–0–38–6 ; DNB||Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets.|
|2||Australia||R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||22 August 2011||8–2–35–3 ; DNB||Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.|
|3||Pakistan||Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE||14 November 2011||2* (1 ball) ; 9-1-36-3||Sri Lanka won by 25 runs.|
|4||New Zealand||Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy||4 November 2012||10–0–39–3 ; DNB||Sri Lanka won by 14 runs (D/L).|
|5||Pakistan||Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah||25 February 2014||DNB ; 9.5–0–52–5||Sri Lanka won by 12 runs.|
|6||Pakistan||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka||8 March 2014||10–0–56–5 ; DNB||Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.|
Twenty20 International Cricket
Man of the Match Awards
|1||2012 ICC World Twenty20||1 October 2012||England||DNB ; 4–0–31–5||Sri Lanka won by 19 runs.|
|2||2016 Asia Cup||25 February 2016||UAE||4–0–26–4 ; 1 ct.||Sri Lanka won by 14 runs.|
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