Lasith Malinga is not only one of the greatest Sri Lankan fast bowlers but also one of the best bowlers in the world for a number of years. His bowling action was the most unique and all the batters initially had no idea how to play him but as they played him batter , he developed more variations in his deliveries and he got lots of wickets and was a world champion with Sri Lanka in 2014 as well.
Lasith Malinga is also one of the most entertaining bowlers ever to come out of Sri Lanka and he had a knack of picking up lots of wickets at once and he has won lots of matches for Sri Lanka. We should also tell about his exploits in the IPL where he is the highest wicket taker for Mumbai Indians and is an IPL legend as well. So, let’s take a look at his profile, stats and records.
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Personal Information :
The full name of Lasith Malinga is Separamady Lasith Malinga and he was born on 28th August 1983 in Galle which is a town in Sri Lanka. He from a relatively young age was into cricket and especially the bowling side of it and he wanted to become a fast bowler and represent Sri Lanka and Play for his nation. He had a lot of other names that he was fondly known by , they include Yorker King, Kagaweena, Malinga the Slinga, Mali and the Rathgarma Express. He could bat also but not much and he was a fast bowler not medium fast.
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International Information :
He played for Sri Lanka with high honor and Pride between 2004-2020 and he was pretty good at it. He got his test cap and played his first test match for Sri Lanka on 1st July 2004 against Australia and his last test match was on 3rd August 2010 against India so he didn’t play test cricket for a long time. His debut ODI match was on 17th July 2004 vs UAE and his final ODI match was against Bangladesh on 26th July 2019. His T20I debut was on 15th June 2006 against England and after 14 years his last T20I was on 6th March 2020 vs West Indies.
Career Stats :
5 Wickets in an innings
10 wickets in a match
Only bowler to take two four wicket hauls in consecutive balls in international cricket (vs South Africa March 2007 and New Zealand 2019.
First bowler to take 100 T20I wickets.
First bowler to pick up 100 wickets in across all three formats of international cricket (Tests, ODIs and T20Is
The first and, to date, only bowler to take three hat-tricks in One-Day International cricket.
Highest ninth wicket partnership in an ODI: 132 runs with Angelo Matthews against Australia in 2010.
He took 195 wickets for Mumbai Indians in both IPL and Champions League T20 competitions which is the most for a bowler representing a particular team in T20 cricket.
He holds the record for having taken a higher number of four-wicket hauls in T20s with 15.
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