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Malinda Pushpakumara
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Malinda Pushpakumara

Sri Lanka|Allrounder
Malinda Pushpakumara

INTL CAREER: 2017 - 2018

Full Name

Pawuluge Malinda Pushpakumara

Born

March 24, 1987, Colombo

Age

34y 45d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox

Playing Role

Allrounder

Height

5ft 7in

Education

Lumbini College, Colombo

TEAMS

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.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test48210242*17.0022445.530015220
ODI2201185.502642.30000120
FC13918125216780*13.89349462.0204246621290
List A9057203792910.2464658.6600316310
T20583310229269.95186123.1100189210
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test46860520143/285/9237.143.6261.40000
ODI2211410511/401/40105.005.52114.00000
FC139248301391588479310/3716/11020.033.1638.00456522
List A9087426929371535/245/2419.194.1227.90750
T20585411581253915/135/1313.766.4912.70310
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Malinda Pushpakumara celebrates a wicket
Malinda Pushpakumara was hit on the helmet
Malinda Pushpakumara appeals for a wicket
Malinda Pushpakumara dives to catch Joe Root
Malinda Pushpakumara is expected to come in for the retired Rangana Herath
Malinda Pushpakumara bowls to Sunil Ambris