Malinda Pushpakumara      

Full name Pawuluge Malinda Pushpakumara

Born March 24, 1987, Colombo

Current age 33 years 72 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, Colombo 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 135 176 24 2131 80* 14.01 3419 62.32 0 4 240 62 127 0
List A 83 54 19 337 21* 9.62 598 56.35 0 0 26 5 28 0
T20s 42 27 8 196 26 10.31 161 121.73 0 0 16 7 18 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 135 242 29537 15538 775 10/37 16/110 20.04 3.15 38.1 42 64 22
List A 83 80 3934 2728 141 5/24 5/24 19.34 4.16 27.9 7 5 0
T20s 42 40 864 927 67 5/13 5/13 13.83 6.43 12.8 1 1 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 Sri Lanka Army Sports Club v Colombo Cricket Club at Panagoda, Mar 13-15, 2020 scorecard
List A debut Singha Sports Club v Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club at Panadura, Nov 8, 2006 scorecard
Last List A Colombo Cricket Club v Nondescripts Cricket Club at Colombo (CCC), Dec 22, 2019 scorecard
T20s debut Chilaw Marians Cricket Club v Panadura Sports Club at Colombo (Colts), Mar 26, 2012 scorecard
Last T20s Chilaw Marians Cricket Club v Colombo Cricket Club at Colombo (SSC), Jan 21, 2020 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
6/85, 39*, 1/59 Col CC v SL Army Panagoda 13 Mar 2020 FC
1/45, 0/50 SLC XI v England Katunayake 7 Mar 2020 Other
7, 5/139 Col CC v Moors Colombo (CCC) 28 Feb 2020 FC
35, 4/58, 28, 5/102 Col CC v Negombo Colombo (Burgher) 21 Feb 2020 FC
2, 4/63, 1/65 Col CC v Burgher Colombo (Burgher) 7 Feb 2020 FC
10, 4/68, 2/49 Col CC v Sinhalese Colombo (CCC) 31 Jan 2020 FC
2/27 Col CC v Chilaw Colombo (SSC) 21 Jan 2020 T20
6, 2/25 Col CC v Nondescripts Katunayake 19 Jan 2020 T20
1/44 Col CC v Badureliya Katunayake 17 Jan 2020 T20
1/17 Col CC v Ragama Colombo (PSS) 15 Jan 2020 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