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    LASITH MALINGA

    SRI LANKA

    Full name Separamadu Lasith Malinga

    Born August 28, 1983, Galle

    Playing role Bowler

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Right-arm fast

    PROFILE

    Bleached hair, tattoos, pierced eyebrows and the flamboyance of a star, Lasith Malinga was truly Sri Lanka’s pin-up boy. It helps when you have the skill set to back it up, and Malinga had it in plenty. That ball kiss before every delivery, that freaky sling as he bowled and the curl the ball took at 145ks has broken many a toe and has carved out a niche for itself in annals of world cricket. In a land where pitches were only a nicer term for rank turners and a giant in the form of Muttiah Muralitharan operated, Malinga prospered far beyond his shadow to shine in what ended up being Sri Lankan cricket’s golden period in the late 2000s and early 2010s.

    Starting off

    Like the many kids growing up in Sri Lanka, Malinga started his cricket on the beach. An action as unique as his, where the ball is released almost parallel to the surface rather than the conventional perpendicular is bound to make you stand out. So the already locally-famous kid on the beaches of Galle with the tennis ball caught former Sri Lankan pacer, Champaka Ramanayake’s attention. An out-of-the-box action demanded out-of-the-box training methods. Ramanayake would glue a pair of boots to the crease and Malinga would spend hours hitting them, hence perfecting his famed yorker.

    His raw talent wouldn’t be hidden for long, creating ripples in the domestic circuit leading to him getting fast-tracked into national reckoning. He did start off with Tests, in Australia in 2004, where his skiddy pace saw him among the wickets, but his true calling came in the coloured outfits. With an armoury that boasted of variations by the dozen, nobody could’ve been surprised.

    BATTING & FIELDING STATS

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
    Tests 30 37 13 275 64 11.45 619 44.42 0 1 36 6 7 0
    ODIs 226 119 36 567 56 6.83 761 74.5 0 1 45 21 31 0
    T20Is 84 33 12 136 27 6.47 161 84.47 0 0 9 5 21 0
    First-class 84 101 41 585 64 9.75 1446 40.45 0 1 24 0
    List A 291 154 44 740 56 6.72 0 1 40 0
    T20s 295 92 39 426 37* 8.03 414 102.9 0 0 31 21 54 0

    BOWLING STATS

    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
    Tests 30 59 5209 3349 101 May-50 9/210 33.15 3.9 52 7 3 0
    ODIs 226 220 10936 9760 338 Jun-38 Jun-38 28.87 5.4 32 11 8 0
    T20Is 84 83 1799 2225 107 05-Jun 05-Jun 20.79 7.4 17 1 2 0
    First-class 84 11927 7784 257 Jun-17 30.28 3.9 46 16 7 0
    List A 291 13916 12264 446 Jul-49 Jul-49 27.49 5.3 31 15 10 0
    T20s 295 289 6508 7680 390 06-Jul 06-Jul 19.69 7.1 17 10 5 0

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