Malinda Pushpakumara      

Full name Pawuluge Malinda Pushpakumara

Born March 24, 1987, Colombo

Current age 30 years 147 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 Insights on test 2 4 1 42 16 14.00 139 30.21 0 0 6 1 0 0
First-class 101 133 21 1584 80* 14.14 2568 61.68 0 4 169 49 92 0
List A 53 33 11 202 21 9.18 357 56.58 0 0 20 3 17 0
T20s Insights on t20 15 11 4 56 16* 8.00 54 103.70 0 0 4 2 13 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 2 2 368 238 5 3/82 3/82 47.60 3.88 73.6 0 0 0
First-class 101 180 21115 11318 563 9/46 13/107 20.10 3.21 37.5 35 44 18
List A 53 52 2477 1711 92 5/24 5/24 18.59 4.14 26.9 4 5 0
T20s Insights on t20 15 14 312 341 17 3/14 3/14 20.05 6.55 18.3 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (SSC), Aug 3-6, 2017 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v India at Pallekele, Aug 12-14, 2017 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class debut Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club v Singha Sports Club at Kurunegala, Nov 17-19, 2006 scorecard
Last First-class Sri Lanka v India at Pallekele, Aug 12-14, 2017 scorecard
List A debut Singha Sports Club v Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club at Panadura, Nov 8, 2006 scorecard
Last List A Colombo v Galle at Colombo (RPS), Apr 29, 2017 scorecard
T20s debut Chilaw Marians Cricket Club v Panadura Sports Club at Colombo (Colts), Mar 26, 2012 scorecard
Last T20s Hambantota Troopers v Galle Guardians at Colombo (RPS), Feb 1, 2016 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
3/82, 10, 1 Sri Lanka v India Pallekele 12 Aug 2017 Test # 2269 Insights on
2/156, 15*, 16 Sri Lanka v India Colombo (SSC) 3 Aug 2017 Test # 2267 Insights on
2/32, 15* Galle v Colombo Colombo (RPS) 29 Apr 2017 LA
2/20 Puttalam v Kurunegala Katunayake 25 Mar 2017 LA
1, 1/36 Puttalam v Kegalle Colombo (Colts) 22 Mar 2017 LA
8/127, 20, 5/78, 5* Sri Lanka A v Eng Lions Dambulla 24 Feb 2017 FC
4/97, 26, 4/77, 5 Sri Lanka A v Eng Lions Pallekele 17 Feb 2017 FC
10, 3/82, 20, 3/35 SL Pres. XI v Eng Lions Moratuwa 12 Feb 2017 Other
35, 3/51, 7/58 Chilaw v Col CC Panagoda 5 Feb 2017 FC
0/16, 0*, 4/3 Chilaw v Colts Colombo (CCC) 28 Jan 2017 FC
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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Aug 12, 2017

Dinesh Chandimal and Malinda Pushpakumara celebrate a wicket, Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, 1st day, Pallekele, August 12, 2017

Dinesh Chandimal and Malinda Pushpakumara celebrate a wicket

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Aug 4, 2017

Malinda Pushpakumara is rather pleased after having Hardik Pandya caught, Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, SSC, 2nd day, Colombo, August 4, 2017

Malinda Pushpakumara is rather pleased after having Hardik Pandya caught

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Aug 3, 2017

Malinda Pushpakumara bowls on debut, Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, SSC, 1st day, August 3, 2017

Malinda Pushpakumara bowls on debut

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Notes

  • Best Bowler of the Premier Tournament: 2011-12, 2012-13, 14-15, 16-17

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