Cricket World Player of the Week - Lasith Malinga

 

With 338 wickets from 226 ODIs at an average of 28 and a strike rate of 32, it is beyond doubt that Separamadu Lasith Malinga is a modern great and will be remembered for breaking the convention for the next generation of modern-day limited-over bowlers.


After Lasith Malinga assumed the responsibility of Mumbai Indians' bowling mentor for one season in the IPL, most in the cricketing fraternity thought that his playing career was over. His body looked out of shape and the paceman did not seem fit enough to continue in top-drawer leagues across the world, let alone the 50-over format in international cricket.

However, Malinga reiterated that champions are made of different stuff as he made a comeback not only in the IPL but in international cricket and shouldered Sri Lanka's bowling attack in the World Cup.

Even in his last ODI against Bangladesh at home, Malinga was the most successful Sri Lankan bowler with three wickets at an economy of under four. How many bowlers manage such impressive figures in their last ODI?

The champion bowler got an amazing reception as he said goodbye to the 50-over format in front of his home crowd. Malinga will continue playing the T20Is and intends to hang his boots from all formats after the 2020 T20 World Cup.

With 338 wickets from 226 ODIs at an average of 28, a strike rate of 32 and an economy of under six, it is beyond doubt that Separamadu Lasith Malinga is a modern great and will be remembered for breaking the convention for the next generation of modern-day limited-over bowlers.

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