Full name Pawuluge Malinda Pushpakumara
Born March 24, 1987, Colombo
Current age 30 years 1 days
Major teams 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
|First-class debut||Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club v Singha Sports Club at Kurunegala, Nov 17-19, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sri Lanka A v England Lions at Dambulla, Feb 24-27, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Singha Sports Club v Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club at Panadura, Nov 8, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Kurunegala District v Puttalam District at Katunayake, Mar 25, 2017 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Chilaw Marians Cricket Club v Panadura Sports Club at Colombo (Colts), Mar 26, 2012 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Hambantota Troopers v Galle Guardians at Colombo (RPS), Feb 1, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|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|
|4, 3/46, 0, 5/59||Chilaw||v SL Army||Colombo (PSS)||20 Jan 2017||FC|
|9, 5/78, 2/80||Chilaw||v Bloomfield||Colombo (Bloomfield)||14 Jan 2017||FC|
|0, 7/52, 0, 3/92||Chilaw||v Sinhalese||Katunayake||6 Jan 2017||FC|
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.
Having begun his career in Lumbini College, Colombo, Pushpakumara had also played for Sri Lanka's Under-19 side in 2005, in a triangular tournament featuring England and Bangladesh. Later, after coming of age at the first-class level, he also played for Sri Lanka A with some success, against the likes of South Africa A, New Zealand A and West Indies A.
Andrew Fidel Fernando
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?