Lasith Malinga He is a Sri Lankan cricketer, who quickly throws his right arm at batters and spectators often call him a bowler of death. Considered one of the best fast bowlers in the shortest format, the slinger is best known for his New Yorkers who crush his toes and his consecutive ability to drink wicket.
He is the only bowler who has taken 2 hat-tricks in the ODI cricket and the only bowler to take 4 wickets in 4 balls, both in ODI and in T20. He accomplished the feat against South Africa in 2007, second time against New Zealand in T20. On April 22, 2011, he announced his retirement from the test cricket. On July 26, 2019, he retired from ODI cricket, played his last ODI against Bangladesh. Here are some lesser known facts about Malinga. To know about him, read below.
Lasith Malinga wears a historic hat-trick after becoming the first bowler in 100 T20I wickets
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Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I: Lasith Malinga beat Pakistan's great Wasim Akram to become the first bowler to wear 5 hat-tricks in international cricket. On Friday, Malinga picked up his second T20I hat-trick at Pallekele against New Zealand.
Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga on Friday became the first bowler to take 100 wickets in T20I format in the third T20I against New Zealand in Pallekele. Shortly after achieving the feat, Malinga picked up a historic hat-trick, decimating the higher order of Black Caps.
Lasith Malinga became the first bowler to collect 2 hat-tricks in the T20I cricket. Malinga had taken his first T20I hat-trick in a T20I match against Bangladesh in Colombo in April 2017. Notably, Malinga now has a total of 5 hat-tricks in international cricket with limited limitations.
Malinga also went to Wasim Akram and set a record for the largest number of hat-tricks in international cricket. Malinga has 3 hat-tricks in ODI, while Akram had 2 in Tests and the same amount in ODI.
Who are Lasith Malinga's parents?
Remembering his early life, Lasith Malinga was born from Serparamudu Milton and Swarna Thenuwara, a retired bus mechanic in a coastal town called Rathgama. He grew up in modest circumstances in Rathgama, a coastal town located 12 km northwest of Galle. He often played cricket with friends on sandbars and coconut trees by a river in his town obsessed with cricket.
Regarding his education, he had his education in three schools, namely Mahinda College, Galle, Vidyaloka College, Galle and Vidyathilake Vidyalaya, Thiranagama. Malinga received her primary education at Vidyathilake Vidyalaya in Thiranagama, a school located near her village. After passing the Grade 5 Scholarship Exam in 1993, he entered Vidyaloka College, Galle for his secondary education, where he began his cricket career.
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When did Lasith Malinga start playing cricket?
- After passing the 5th standard, he joined Vidyaloka College, where he began his cricket career. It was the place where the young prodigy was seen by former Sri Lankan pacemaker Champaka Ramanayake. He saw the raw talent in Malinga and encouraged him to join the Galle Cricket club and also played a key role in joining XI of Mahinda College, Galle. It was the turning point in Malinga's career, as it put him in the spotlight of the national team selectors.
- Lasith Malinga made his international debut on July 1, 2004 against Australia at Marrara Oval In Darwin and instantly made an impression after taking 6 crucial wickets in the match. He fired Darren Lehmann twice, Adam Gilchrist, Damien Martyn, Shane Warne and Michael Kasprowich. He made his ODI debut against the UAE in the 2004 Asian Cup.
- He is the highest wicket player for Sri Lanka in the World Cups, on March 28, 2007, he became the first bowler to take 4 wickets in 4 bowling against South Africa. During the 2011 World Cup, he also made his other hat-trick against Kenya, becoming the only bowler to take 2 hat-tricks in the history of the World Cup.
- In August 2011, he made another hat-trick against Australia by setting a new world record of 3 hat-tricks in the history of ODI. Throughout his international career, he made 13 sets of five wicket (3 in tests, 8 in ODI and 2 in T20). He took 543 wickets in total (101 wickets in tests, 338 in ODI and 104 in T20).
- He played 30 tests and took 101 wickets in total that included 3 sets of five wicket. His lethal New Yorkers and gorillas bothered the batter worldwide, but after 2010 he began to lose his rhythm and on April 22, 2011, he announced his retirement from the test cricket.
- Malinga played 226 ODI and took 338 wickets that included 8 sets of five wicket. In July 2019, he announced his withdrawal from ODI, played his last game against Bangladesh and fired Mushtiqur Rahim in the final, so he became the ninth wicket winner in ODI history with 338 wickets.
- In addition, Lasith Malinga was named vice captain of the Sri Lanka Twenty20 International team in October 2012. He became captain of the Sri Lanka cricket team in 2014 ICC World Twenty20 after Dinesh Chandimal received a ban. During the process, he became the only Sri Lankan T20 captain who led the team to win the Wolrd Cup in 2014. Due to frequent injuries, he resigned as captain in 2015.
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Lasith Malinga's career achievements
- He is the only bowler in world cricket to date that has taken 2 sets of four wicket in 4 consecutive deliveries (v. South Africa, March 2007 and New Zealand 2019). He is also the only bowler to achieve an incredible milestone in two different formats.
- He is the first bowler to take 100 wickets in T20 cricket and the bowler to take 100 wickets in all formats (Test, ODI and T20).
- He is the only bowler in the world of cricket who has made 4 hat-tricks in international cricket (3 in ODI, 1 in T20).
Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews have the world record for association with the highest race for the ninth wicket in an ODI, they appeared at the stand of association 132 against Australia in Melbourne in 2010. In the game, Malinga scored 56 runs of 48 balls that included six four and two six.
- His 56 against Australia is the fourth highest ODI score by a 10th hitter in ODI history and the highest ODI score for Sri Lanka in the 10th position. He is also the only one from Sri Lanka to get a score of fifty in 10 positions in the history of ODI.
- He is the only bowler in 50 in the history of the World Cup that has made 2 hat-tricks. He accomplished the feat against South Africa in 2007 and against Kenya in 2011.
- He is the second most wicket player in T20 cricket with 317 wickets in 232 games.
- Malinga is the player with the most wicket in the Indian Premier League with 170 hairs in his name.
- Malinga has the best figures in BBL history with 6/7.
- He is only the fourth Sri Lankan to take 300 wickets in ODI after Muralitharan, Vaas and Jayasuriya. Overall, he is the fifth fastest bowler to take 300 wickets in ODI.
- He is the fastest to take 50 wickets in the world (26 tickets).
- He is the third best wicket player in the history of the World Cup (56 wickets).
- It holds the record for most wickets between 2011 and 2014, took 163 wickets in all formats.
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Who is Lasith Malinga married to?
Reflecting her personal life, Malinga is married to Tanya Perera, a dancer by profession in 2010. The couple has been blessed with a daughter and a son named Duvin. His real name is Separamadu Lasith Malinga and, over the years, the pacemaker has earned some nicknames such as Slinga, the Malinga singer, Kagawa. At present, the couple lives a luxurious life with their children without rumors of separation.
How much net worth does Lasith Malinga have?
As one of the best fast bowlers in the cricket industry, you must assume the sum of a good amount of money from your successful career. According to online sites, their estimated net worth is $ 20 million today, while their salary has not yet been disclosed.
How tall is Lasith Malinga?
Observing the statistics of his body, Malinga measures 5 feet 8 inches and weighs around 75 kg. Similarly, he has a pair of dark brown eyes and curly black hair (dyed golden brown). In addition, his body measures 42-34-14 inches including his chest, waist and biceps. His shoe size is 9 (USA).