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Lasith Malinga

Saparamadu Lasith Malinga was born on 28 August 1983 in Rathgama Galle. Malinga’s father Saparamadu Milton, is a retired vehicle mechanic and mother is a housewife. Malinga studied Mahinda College, Galle up to grade five and then moved to Vidyaloka College, Galle to complete his ordinary level examination.

After completing his ordinary level exam in Vidyaloka College, Malinga moved to Vidyathilaka Vidyalaya in Thirangama to complete his advance level examination. While dying at Vidyathilaka Vidyalaya Malinga played cricket for the school team. During this time former Sri Lankan paceman Champika Ramanayake was discovered Malinga and invited him to play for the Galle Cricket Club.

Thereafter, Malinga joined the Mahinda College, Galle cricket team upon the Champika RAmanayaka’s encouragement and this was the turning point of Lasith Malinga’s cricket career. However, in 2004, Malinga joined Sri Lanka National Cricket Team under the recommendation of Champika Ramanayaka.

Malinga played his first test cricket match in 2004 against to the Australian cricket team in Darwin. Malinga was able to obtain six wickets in his first match. In the same year, Malinga played his first ODI cricket match against the United Arab Emirates. In that match, Malinga took the wicket of United Arab Emirates’ team captain, Khurram Khan. Thereafter, Malinga became a regular player on the ODI squad.

At present, Lasith Malinga is the captain of T20 international and former Sri Lankan National Cricket Team captain. Lasith Malinga is a right-arm fast bowler and he became well famous in the world as the death bowler for his distinctive round-arm action. Malinga also became world-famous due to his consecutive wickets, with in-swinging yorkers. At present Malinga is the only bowler in the world who took double ha-tricks in the World Cup match.

Also, he is the only bowler in the world who took three hat-tricks in one-day international matches. Another speciality of Lasith Malinga is, he is one of only two players who took four wickets in four consecutive balls in any form of international cricket history. Lasith Malinga also the first cricketer who took five hat-tricks across all formats of international cricket history. With these all, Lasith Malinga holds the most hat-tricks taker record in the international cricket world.

Lasith Malinga announced on 22 April 2011 his retirement from Test Cricket. Thereafter, on 26 July 2019, he retired from ODI cricket after playing against to the Bangladesh team. Currently, Malinga is named as the official event ambassador for the World Twenty Twenty Championships by ICC.

in October 2012, Malinga became as the vice-captain of the Sri Lankan Twenty 20 International team. However, in 2014, Malinga was named as the captain of Sri Lankan national cricket team after Dinesh Chandimal was ban. However, in 2015, due to continuosus back injuries and knee injuries Malinga stepped down from the captaincy. In 2016, Malinga was again appointed as the one day international against to Indian team. In 2018, Malinga was again named as the captain for the New Zealand tournament.

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