In ODIs, Malinga has represented Sri Lanka in 191 matches and picked up 291 wickets at an average of 27.77 © Getty Images
In ODIs, Malinga has represented Sri Lanka in 191 matches and picked up 291 wickets at an average of 27.77 © Getty Images

Born on August 28, 1983, Separamadu Lasith Malinga Swarnajith, popularly known as Lasith Malinga, turns 32. Once termed as Sri Lanka‘s mystery bowler, Malinga tasted more success in limited-overs cricket over the years and became one of the key members of the side with his unusual style of sling-bowling. His unique hairstyle and signature yorker-length in-swingers made him a popular face in world cricket and among fans across nations. Within a span of 7 years from 2004 to 2011, Malinga has represented Sri Lanka in 30 Tests, bagged 101 wickets at an average of 33.15 but opted to retire from the longest format to concentrate upon bowling in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) at the age of 27, surprising the world. READ:ICC World Cup 2007: Lasith Malinga’s four in four

In ODIs, Malinga has represented Sri Lanka in 191 matches and picked up 291 wickets at an average of 27.77. His ODI career includes six 5-wicket-hauls and a 6-wicket-haul. One of the landmarks of Malinga’s career is his contributions towards Sri Lanka’s journey to the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Malinga took 6 wickets against Kenya, which was then the maximum number of wickets taken by any bowler in a World Cup match (The record was later bettered by Tim Southee who took 7 wickets during ICC Cricket World Cup 2015).

In T20Is, Malinga made 62 appearances for Sri Lanka bagging 78 wickets at an average of 20.28. Under Malinga’s captaincy, Sri Lanka won their only ICC World T20 trophy in 2014, beating India in the final at Dhaka. Malinga is the only bowler to take a 5-wicket-haul in T20Is, a record he made against England during the 2012 season of the tournament.

Malinga captained the Lankan side in T20Is for a brief period from 2014 to 2016. Under his captaincy, the team won six of the nine matches they played, including all their ICC World T20 2014 fixtures. Malinga is a common name in the domestic Twenty20 (T20) tournaments. He has represented Mumbai Indians (MI) in Indian Premier League (IPL), both Jamaica Tallawahs and Guyana Amazon Warriors in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Melbourne Stars in Big Bash League (BBL) among the others.

Here’s wishing the cricketer a very happy birthday and many more to come.