Sri Lankan cricket seems to have unearthed new Lasith Malinga with 17-year-old Matheesha Pathirana with a similar singing action to that of the aging Sri Lankan legend.
Pathirana, who made his debut in SL domestic circuit for Trinity claimed six wickets for seven runs. Here is a footage of his recent spell during the college match:
Pathirana runs like any regular pacer bowler and even during the stride he has the conventional round arm action, before he slings his right arm behind and throws the ball akin to Malinga.
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Malinga, with his unique action, bamboozled top flight batsmen during his long 15-year career that saw him reign supreme in the bowling rankings and was a pivotal member in Sri Lanka’s limited-over success from 2004- 2010.
In 226 ODIs, Malinga claimed 338 wickets at 28.87, while in T20Is he has 104 wickets from 76 matches. Malinga is the only bowler to claim four wickets in four balls at the international level, managing the feat twice – first in ICC World Cup 2007 against South Africa and then in T20I against New Zealand earlier this year.
Despite not being a Test specialist, Malinga has 101 wickets to his name from just 30 Test matches at an average of 33.15. He retired from Test cricket in 2011.