Lasith Malinga is one of the 15 players who have been named in the Sri Lanka squad to play the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Lasith Malinga, who made his one-day international debut on 17-Jul-04, had played 218 ODI matches until the 2019 World Cup. In the 113 innings he batted in, he had scored a total of 550 runs, having faced 727 balls, at an average of 7.05 and a strike rate of 75.65. He was unbeaten in 35 of those innings. His highest score in an innings was 56. He had 0 centuries and 1 half-centuries to his name. In the bowling department, Lasith Malinga had bowled 10508 balls and taken 322 wickets while conceding a total of 9349 runs. He had an average of 29.03 and an economy rate of 5.34 His best ODI bowling performance was 6/1.
Lasith Malinga, often referred to as "Slinga Malinga" for his sling-arm action, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and the current T20I captain for Sri Lanka. The right-arm fast-medium bowler is commonly referred to as a death-overs specialist. He took the cricketing world by storm with his unorthodox action and slow Yorkers.
Malinga is the only bowler in the world with two World Cup hat-tricks, three ODI hat-tricks and four wickets in four consecutive balls in any form of international cricket. He retired from Test Cricket on 22 April 2011. Malinga was named as the official event ambassador for the World Twenty20 Championships by ICC.
Malinga is not only the highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in T20 Internationals but also the highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 International cricket overall.
Malinga was the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the Sri Lankan teams that made the finals of the 2007 Cricket World Cup, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20.
He was the captain of T20 International side for Sri Lanka until 7 March 2016, when he stepped down from captaincy due to injuries.
Malinga took 6 wickets in his debut Test on 1 July 2004 against Australia. In the 2006-07 tour of New Zealand, he derailed the opposition’s top order, helping Sri Lanka draw the series.
He announced his retirement from Test cricket on 22 April 2011 in order to prolong his career in ODI and T20 cricket. He played 30 Test and took 101 wickets at an average of 33.16, with the best bowling figure of 9 for 210.
Malinga made his ODI debut in Sri Lanka's opening match of the 2004 Asia Cup against the United Arab Emirates.
During the 2007 Cricket World Cup Super 8 match between Sri Lanka and South Africa, Malinga became the first player to take four wickets in four consecutive balls in ODIs. This was only the fifth hat-trick in World Cup history, the third ODI hat-trick for Sri Lanka and the 24th overall in ODIs.
He became the first bowler to take two World Cup hat-tricks after he scalped three wickets in as many balls against Kenya during the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
In August 2011, he took a hat-trick against Australia to become the first bowler to take three hat-tricks in ODI cricket.
Malinga was included to the ODI squad for 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in June 2017 in which he took his 300th ODI wicket by dismissing Virat Kohli.
On 13 October 2018 against England in the second ODI of the series, Malinga took his 8th five-wicket haul, he also completed 500 international wickets. In April 2019, he was named in Sri Lanka's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Malinga was named captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2014 ICC World Twenty20; the team won the trophy. He is the highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in T20Is with 96 wickets.
In April 2017, he took a hat-trick in T20 match against Bangladesh, becoming the second Sri Lankan and fifth overall to take a T20I hat-trick.
He has taken 4 international hat-tricks, which is most by a Sri Lankan player and joint highest along with Pakistan’s Wasim Akram.
Malinga has played 73 T20Is for Sri Lanka and taken 97 wickets with an average of 19.7 and the best bowling figure of 31 for 5.
Malinga plays for Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League (IPL). In the first match for Mumbai Indians in the fourth season, he got 5 wickets against Delhi Daredevils. His best bowling figure in club-level T20s is 6 for 7 for Melbourne Stars against Perth Scorchers in December 2012, the only six-wicket haul taken the Australian Big Bash League.
Playing for Mumbai Indians, he won the Purple Cap award (most wickets) in the fourth season of Indian Premier League with 28 scalps in 16 matches.
Mumbai Indians did not buy him during 2018 IPL Auctions, but named him bowling mentor for the side.
He has so far played 127 games for Mumbai Indians in IPL and Champions League T20 and is the highest wicket-taker for the franchise with 179 scalps at an economy rate of 6.88. In 2019, he was again bought by Mumbai Indians.
In IPL, Malinga has so far played 122 matches, in which he has taken 170 wickets at an average of 19.80 and the best bowling figure of 5 for 13.