Lasith Malinga

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Lasith Malinga
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Malinga at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2010
Personal information
Full name Separamadu Lasith Malinga Swarnajith
Born (1983-08-28) 28 August 1983 (age 33)
Galle, Sri Lanka
Nickname Slinga, Kagawena, Malinga the Slinger
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side
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 6 April 2017 v Bangladesh
T20I shirt no. 99
Domestic team information
Years Team
2001–2004 Galle
2004–present Nondescripts
2007 Rajasthan Royals
2008–present Mumbai Indians
2010–2011 Basnahira
2012 Ruhuna Royals
2012–2014 Melbourne Stars
2013 Guyana Amazon Warriors
2014–present Southern Express
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 30 191 67 246
Runs scored 275 475 73 631
Batting average 11.45 7.08 6.61 6.85
100s/50s 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/1
Top score 64 56 27 56
Balls bowled 5,209 9,207 1,427 11,796
Wickets 101 291 89 382
Bowling average 33.15 27.77 19.65 26.87
5 wickets in innings 3 7 1 8
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 5/50 6/38 5/31 6/38
Catches/stumpings 7/– 28/– 18/– 36/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 6 April 2017

Separamadu Lasith Malinga often nicknamed Slinger Malinga (Sinhalese: සපරමාදු ලසිත් මාලිංග; born 28 August 1983) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and 2014 ICC World Twenty20 winning captain for Sri Lanka. 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. 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.[1][2][3]

Considered as one of the greatest fast bowlers to ever played the game, 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.[4]

He is known for his ability to take consecutive wickets, with in-swinging deadly 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.[5] On 22 April 2011, he announced his retirement from Test cricket. He bowls around a speed of 140 km/h (87 mph).[6]

Malinga is known for his ability to bowl yorkers and slower bowls to restrict scoring in the later overs of games. He is the second highest wicket taker in all Twenty20 International cricket just after Shahid Afridi and highest wicket taker for Sri Lanka in Twenty20 Internationals as well.

Early years[edit]

Malinga grew up in modest circumstances in Rathgama, a coastal village situated 12 km northwest 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.[7] 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 he started his cricket career. Here Malinga 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.[8] Champaka also helped him to join the first XI cricket team of Mahinda College, Galle.[8] 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.[9]


Malinga bowling against Pakistan in the final of the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 at Lord's.

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.[10] 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 2007 Cricket World Cup which was held in Caribbean, saying that Lasith Malinga is the best thing that happened to Sri Lankan cricket after Aravinda de Silva.[11]

International career[edit]

Test cricket[edit]

A graph showing Malinga's test career bowling statistics and how they have varied over time

Malinga made his Test debut on 1 July 2004 against Australia at Marrara Oval In Darwin. He was immediately successful, taking six wickets in the match (Darren Lehmann twice, Adam Gilchrist, Damien Martyn, Shane Warne and Michael Kasprowicz)[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

One Day Internationals[edit]

Malinga made his ODI debut in Sri Lanka's opening match of the 2004 Asia Cup against the United Arab Emirates, becoming the 123rd player to do so. Easily winning the match by 116 runs, Malinga took the wicket of the Emirati captain, Khurram Khan to the finish the match with figures of 1/39.[15] Since then he has become a regular member on the ODI squad.

During the 2007 Cricket World Cup Super 8 match on 28 March between Sri Lanka and South Africa, Malinga became the first player to take four wickets in four consecutive balls in One Day International cricket.[16] Needing five runs for victory and with five wickets in hand, Malinga was handed the ball in the 45th over of the South African's innings. In the final two balls of the over he cleaned bowled Shaun Pollock and had Andrew Hall caught at cover. In his next over, he removed Jacques Kallis caught behind then bowled Makhaya Ntini.[17] This was only the fifth hat-trick in World Cup history,[18] the third ODI hat-trick for Sri Lanka[19] and the 24th overall in ODIs.[16] 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.[20]

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 Internationals[edit]

Malinga at Pallekele Stadium against South Africa.jpg

He has been named as the official event ambassador for the World Twenty20 Championships by ICC.[21]

Malinga was named as the vice-captain of the Sri Lankan Twenty20 International team in October 2012.[1] 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. He is the highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in T20Is with 80 wickets.


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.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25][26] He returned home due to prevailing bone bruise on his left knee.[27][28]

International comeback[edit]

Malinga quit from all domestic and international cricket for a one year after his T20I match against UAE in March 2016. Due to these injuries, Malinga lost matches against England, Australia, and Zimbabwe Tri-series, where Sri Lanka involved heavy defeats in limited over cricket and went down in international rankings. Though he recovered from injuries in late December, Malinga was unavailable to South Africa series after a bout of dengue.[29] Malinga was picked up to the Australian tour and played in the match against Prime Minister's XI.[30] His comeback match came against Australia on 17 February 2017, where he took two wickets and two catches. Sri Lanka won the match by 5 wickets at the end.[31]

On 6 April 2017, during second T20I against Bangladesh, Malinga took a hatrick, becoming the second Sri Lankan and fifth overall to took T20I hatrick. With that, Malinga has taken 4 international hatricks, which is most by a Sri Lankan player and joint highest with Pakistani Wasim Akram.[32]

Domestic Twenty20s[edit]

Lasith Malinga signing.jpg

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 57744 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, the only six-wicket haul taken the Australian Big Bash League.[33]

He won the Purple Cap award (most wickets) in the fourth season of Indian Premier League with 28 scalps in 16 matches.[34] Throughout the tournament, he led the Mumbai Indians attack from the front and was instrumental in many victories.

Lasith Malinga has chosen Mumbai Indians over Southern Express in the CLT20 cricket tournament, scheduled to be played in September.[35]

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.[36]


  • Only bowler in cricketing history to take four wickets in four consecutive balls in international cricket (vs. South Africa March 2007).[37]
  • 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.[5][38]
  • 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.[39]
  • His 56 is the fourth highest ODI score by a number 10 batsman in ODI history and he has the record for the highest ODI score for Sri Lanka when batting at number 10 position (56),he too is the only Sri Lankan to score a fifty in no 10 position in an ODI.[40]
  • 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.[41]
  • Best Twenty20 figures in Australian domestic and 2nd in the world.
  • As of April 2017, Malinga with 317 wickets in 232 games is the second highest wicket-taker in all Twenty20 matches.[42]
  • Malinga holds highest number of wickets (149) in Indian Premier League.[43]
  • As of 19 January 2017, Malinga still holds the best figures in BBL history with 6/7.[44]

International five-wicket hauls[edit]

Test Five Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
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[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/46 55  Pakistan Dambulla Cricket Stadium Dambulla Sri Lanka 2010
2 6/38 68  Kenya R.Premadasa Colombo Sri Lanka 2011
3 5/30 80  Scotland The Grange Edinburgh Scotland 2011
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
7 5/56 166  Pakistan Sher-e Bangla Dhaka Bangladesh 2014

T20I Five Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/31 38  England Pallekele Cricket Stadium Pallekele Sri Lanka 2012

Domestic record[edit]

Twenty20 Five Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Team Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/13 Mumbai Delhi Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi India 2011
2 5/32 Mumbai Chennai Wanderers Stadium Johannesburg South Africa 2012
3 6/7 Melbourne Stars Perth WACA Perth Australia 2012


  • Dialog SLC ODI Bowler of the Year - 2015
  • Dialog SLC T20I Bowler of the Year - 2015[45]

Test Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match Awards[edit]

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
Match drawn.[46]
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.[47]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Player of the Series awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka in Australia 2010/11 58 runs with one fifty ; 2 wickets. (3 Matches)  Sri Lanka Won the series 2-1.[48]
2 Sri Lanka in England 2014 12 runs ; 7 wickets. (5 Matches)  Sri Lanka Won the series 3-2.[49]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

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.[50]
2 Australia R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 22 August 2011 8–2–35–3 ; DNB  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.[51]
3 Pakistan Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE 14 November 2011 2* (1 ball) ; 9-1-36-3  Sri Lanka won by 25 runs.[52]
4 New Zealand Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy 4 November 2012 10–0–39–3 ; DNB  Sri Lanka won by 14 runs (D/L).[53]
5 Pakistan Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah 25 February 2014 DNB ; 9.5–0–52–5  Sri Lanka won by 12 runs.[54]
6 Pakistan Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka 8 March 2014 10–0–56–5 ; DNB  Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.[55]

Twenty20 International Cricket[edit]

Player of the Series awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2016/17 0 runs; 5 wickets including a hatrick. (2 Matches) Series drawn 1–1.[56]

Man of the Match Awards[edit]

# Series Date Opponent Match Performance Result
1 2012 ICC World Twenty20 1 October 2012 England DNB ; 4–0–31–5  Sri Lanka won by 19 runs.[57]
2 2016 Asia Cup 25 February 2016 UAE 4–0–26–4 ; 1 ct.  Sri Lanka won by 14 runs.[58]


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