Ultimate XI T20 Bowlers: Lasith Malinga

By Sports Desk August 04, 2020
Lasith Malinga Lasith Malinga

Bridesmaids through the 2000s and the 2010s when the ICC World events came along, Sri Lanka had made it to two World Cup finals and two World T20 finals since Lasith Malinga debuted, losing on all four occasions.

The World T20 of 2014 started with a crisis in leadership. With a host of former skippers in the side, but all of them reluctant to lead, Malinga happened upon leadership towards the end of the league stages when the management decided to drop their original skipper, Dinesh Chandimal.

And boy, did he prosper. Bowling yorkers at the death at will to stifle the Indians, he ensured that the trophy finally came home - leading Sri Lanka to one of its finest moments on the cricketing field. It made him only the second captain of his country after Arjuna Ranatunga to lift an ICC world title. But long before that Malinga had been blessed with an action that defied the longevity he had. A whippy almost side-arm way of delivering, Malinga defied all logic and proved accurate despite convention suggesting he would struggle with it.

With that whip came swing and pace. Of course, performances like the one in that final were almost inevitable given the work that Malinga put into perfecting his craft even with his strange delivery action.

 

Career Statistics (2004-present)

Full name: Separamadu Lasith Malinga

Born: August 28, 1983 (36), Galle

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Basnahira, BCCSL Academy XI, Galle Cricket Club, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kandy, Kent, Khulna Titans, Maratha Arabians, Melbourne Stars, Montreal Tigers, Mumbai Indians, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Palace Diamonds, Rangpur Riders, Ruhuna, Ruhuna Reds, Ruhuna Royals, Southern Express, Southern Province, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Board XI, Sri Lanka Cricket XI, Sri Lanka Emerging Team, Sri Lanka Masters, Sri Lanka Schools XI, St Lucia Zouks

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast

 

T20I Career - Sri Lanka

Mat      Inns      Balls     Runs     Wkts     BBI   BBM     Ave        Econ      SR    4w   5w 10w

84          83        1799     2225       107       5/6    5/6      20.79       7.42      16.8    1     2     0

 

T20 Career

Mat      Inns      Balls     Runs     Wkts    BBI   BBM     Ave       Econ     SR     4w  5w  10w

295       289       6508     7680        390      6/7     6/7     19.69     7.08      16.6    10    5     0

 

Career Highlights

  • Most T20I wickets 107, (84 matches at 20.79)
  • 1st bowler to take 100 T20I scalps
  • 2nd most T20 wickets (390 at 19.69)
  • T20 WC champion 2014 (captain)
  • Most T20I hat-tricks (2)
  • Most wickets in IPL history (170)

IPL purple cap winner for most wickets (28) in 2011

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