Malinda Pushpakumara      

Full name Pawuluge Malinda Pushpakumara

Born March 24, 1987, Colombo

Current age 33 years 307 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, Colombo Cricket Club, Dambulla Viiking, 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 139 181 25 2167 80* 13.89 3494 62.02 0 4 246 62 129 0
List A 84 54 19 337 21* 9.62 598 56.35 0 0 26 5 28 0
T20s 50 30 9 208 26 9.90 168 123.80 0 0 17 8 19 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 139 248 30139 15884 793 10/37 16/110 20.03 3.16 38.0 45 65 22
List A 84 81 3988 2747 142 5/24 5/24 19.34 4.13 28.0 7 5 0
T20s 50 46 972 1066 75 5/13 5/13 14.21 6.58 12.9 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 Chilaw Marians Cricket Club v Colombo Cricket Club at Colombo (SSC), Aug 25-27, 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 Dambulla Viiking v Jaffna Stallions at Hambantota, Dec 14, 2020 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
2/24, 1 Viiking v Stallions Hambantota 14 Dec 2020 T20
1/32 Viiking v Kings Hambantota 11 Dec 2020 T20
- Viiking v Stallions Hambantota 7 Dec 2020 T20
0/26 Viiking v Gladiators Hambantota 5 Dec 2020 T20
2/28 Viiking v Tuskers Hambantota 3 Dec 2020 T20
11*, 2/19 Viiking v Kings Hambantota 1 Dec 2020 T20
0 Viiking v Stallions Hambantota 30 Nov 2020 T20
1/10 Viiking v Tuskers Hambantota 28 Nov 2020 T20
12, 4/106, 0 Col CC v Chilaw Colombo (SSC) 25 Aug 2020 FC
6/80 Col CC v Nondescripts Colombo (PSS) 20 Aug 2020 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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Dec 14, 2020

Malinda Pushpakumara celebrates a wicket, Jaffna Stallions v Dambulla Viiking, 2nd semi-final, LPL 2020, Hambantota, December 14, 2020

Malinda Pushpakumara celebrates a wicket

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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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Notes

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