What cricketer was known as 'The Slinga'?
Also known as ‘Slinga Malinga’, Lasith Malinga is a former Sri Lankan cricketer, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest limited over bowlers of all time. Malinga is a right-arm fast bowler that is commonly used as a specialist death bowler, and is well known for his distinctive round-arm action, sometimes referred to as a sling action, which leads to his nickname ‘Slinga Malinga’.
Born on 28th August 1983, Malinga grew up in modest circumstances in Galle, Sri Lanka. On 1st July 2004, he made his Test debut against Australia. He was immediately successful, taking six wickets in the match (Darren Lehmann twice, Adam Gilchrist, Damien Martyn, Shane Warne, and Michael Kasprowicz).
Lasith Malinga developed into Sri Lanka's fastest Test bowler and a regular member of both Test and One Day International sides. He has earned a reputation for troubling batsmen with his lively pace and well-directed bouncer. He regularly bowls at speeds between 140 and 150 km/h (87 and 93 mph) and sometimes even faster.
Malinga was named as the vice-captain of the Sri Lankan Twenty20 International team in October 2012. He became captain of the Sri Lankan Cricket Team in 2014 ICC World Twenty20 after Dinesh Chandimal received a ban. He successfully led the team to win the world cup. Due to continuous injuries, he stepped down from the captaincy in 2015.
On 14th September 2021, Malinga announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.