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Slinger Malinga set for two significant milestones in LPL

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga

Sri Lanka’s ace fast bowler, Lasith Malinga is on the brink of achieving two huge milestones in his illustrious career during the Lanka Premier League (LPL) Twenty20 Cricket Tournament, which gets underway in Hambantota next week.

The 37-year-old Sri Lanka T20I Captain will lead the Galle Gladiators Team in this inaugural 23-match tournament, which begins on November 26 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium. The charismatic right-arm fast-bowler, who is in to the twilight of his career is well set to play in his 300th T20 franchise match and is just 10 scalps away from completing 400-wickets in this format.

After missing out the stint with Mumbai Indians in the high profile 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 Tournament due to personal reasons, Malinga is now well poised to create history in front of his home fans.

With all five teams schedule to play a minimum of eight matches during the league-phase of the tournament, Malinga is likely to appear in his 300th T20 match on December 5 when the Gladiators take on Dambulla Vikings in a day fixture.

Thereafter, Malinga will join a select band of cricketers who have played in more than 300 T20s, a list that is, headed by the West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard who has appeared in a staggering amount of 528 T20s.

Malinga of course, will return to T20 cricket after a lapse of more than eight months having played his previous international fixture against the West Indies at the Pallekele Stadium in March.

In addition, Malinga, is also set to become only the second bowler to reach the milestone of 400 T20 scalps and will start the LPL Tournament with a tally of 390 wickets from 295 games. He is currently on par with Sunil Narine who also has a tally of 390 wickets but the Sri Lankan skipper is set to overtake the former West Indian mystery spinner somewhere during the LPL.

The other bowler who could probably be a major threat to Malinga is the South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir who has 382 wickets to his credit.

Meanwhile, another West Indian legend, Dwayne Bravo is very much on top of the bowling list having captured 512 T20 wickets from 471 matches.