Malinda Pushpakumara      

Full name Pawuluge Malinda Pushpakumara

Born March 24, 1987, Colombo

Current age 31 years 298 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, Lumbini College, Moors Sports Club, Saracens Sports Club, Singha Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club, Sri Lanka Under-15s, Sri Lanka Under-19s

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Height 5 ft 7 in

Education Lumbini College, Colombo

Pawuluge Malinda Pushpakumara
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 8 2 102 42* 17.00 224 45.53 0 0 15 2 2 0
ODIs 2 2 0 11 8 5.50 26 42.30 0 0 0 1 2 0
First-class 124 162 23 1952 80* 14.04 3096 63.04 0 4 216 59 115 0
List A 70 46 17 285 21 9.82 493 57.80 0 0 26 5 23 0
T20s 26 18 6 140 26 11.66 104 134.61 0 0 11 6 14 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 4 6 860 520 14 3/28 5/92 37.14 3.62 61.4 0 0 0
ODIs 2 2 114 105 1 1/40 1/40 105.00 5.52 114.0 0 0 0
First-class 124 222 26379 13816 718 10/37 16/110 19.24 3.14 36.7 39 60 22
List A 70 67 3274 2269 119 5/24 5/24 19.06 4.15 27.5 6 5 0
T20s 26 24 498 571 29 3/14 3/14 19.68 6.87 17.1 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (SSC), Aug 3-6, 2017 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (SSC), Nov 23-26, 2018 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS), Aug 31, 2017 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS), Sep 3, 2017 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club v Singha Sports Club at Kurunegala, Nov 17-19, 2006 scorecard
Last First-class Badureliya Sports Club v Colombo Cricket Club at Moratuwa, Jan 11-13, 2019 scorecard
List A debut Singha Sports Club v Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club at Panadura, Nov 8, 2006 scorecard
Last List A Bangladesh A v Sri Lanka A at Sylhet, Jul 22, 2018 scorecard
T20s debut Chilaw Marians Cricket Club v Panadura Sports Club at Colombo (Colts), Mar 26, 2012 scorecard
Last T20s Galle v Kandy at Pallekele, Aug 30, 2018 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
28, 3/91 Col CC v Badureliya Moratuwa 11 Jan 2019 FC
0, 6/73, 10/37 Col CC v Saracens Moratuwa 4 Jan 2019 FC
1/17, 5/82 Col CC v Burgher Katunayake 28 Dec 2018 FC
1, 5/90 Col CC v Negombo Colombo (CCC) 14 Dec 2018 FC
6/86, 24, 5/53 Col CC v Colts Colombo (Colts) 7 Dec 2018 FC
2/64, 13, 3/28, 42* Sri Lanka v England Colombo (SSC) 23 Nov 2018 Test # 2329
3/89, 4, 1/101, 1 Sri Lanka v England Pallekele 14 Nov 2018 Test # 2326
0/33 Kandy v Galle Pallekele 30 Aug 2018 T20
2/25 Kandy v Colombo Pallekele 29 Aug 2018 T20
0/13, 6 Kandy v Dambulla Dambulla 26 Aug 2018 T20
Profile

A canny left-arm spinner with dangerous variations, Malinda Pushpakumara has been Sri Lanka's most prolific domestic wicket-taker of recent years. First-class tracks on the island are stacked heavily in favour of spinners, but even so, it is Pushpakumara's consistency that makes him stand out. He was the Premier League Tournament's top wicket-taker in the 2012-13 and 2014-15 tournaments, and was among the best again in the years in between. But 2016-17 was his best tournament of the lot: at an average of 13.79, Pushpakumara claimed 77 scalps - 20 more than his nearest competitor. With that tally, he finally forced himself into a Sri Lanka Test squad, at the age of 29 and with 558 first-class wickets to his name. The delay in his being chosen for the top level perhaps also has to do with Rangana Herath's presence in the team - the selectors believing only on left-arm spinner necessary.

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Nov 26, 2018

Malinda Pushpakumara was hit on the helmet, Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, SSC, Colombo, 4th day, November 26, 2018

Malinda Pushpakumara was hit on the helmet

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Nov 25, 2018

Malinda Pushpakumara appeals for a wicket, Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, SSC, Colombo, 3rd day, November 25, 2018

Malinda Pushpakumara appeals for a wicket

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Nov 25, 2018

Malinda Pushpakumara dives to catch Joe Root, Sri Lanka v England, 3rd Test, SSC, Colombo, 3rd day, November 25, 2018

Malinda Pushpakumara dives to catch Joe Root

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Notes

  • Best Bowler of the Premier Tournament: 2011-12, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2016-17, 2017-18