Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga has become the world’s first bowler to take more than 100 wickets in all three formats (Test, ODI and T20).
He is the first bowler to take 100 wickets in T20. He took four wickets in four balls against New Zealand yesterday. He also took four wickets in four balls against South Africa at the 2007 World Cup.
The veteran tormented New Zealand with a hat-trick in the third T20I of the three-match series. It’s a dead rubber, but it didn’t fizzle out the spirit from the speedster, who gave it his all.
His performance came after the Kiwis could only manage 125 runs in the first innings on a deck, which provided a fair amount of assistance to the spinners. Malinga was tidy in his first over.
Only two bowlers took four wickets in four balls in international cricket:
One Day: Malinga v South Africa (2007)
T20: Malinga v New Zealand (2019)
T20: Rashid Khan v Ireland (2019)
Malinga 5 country vs 5 hat trick:
Three hat-tricks in ODIs
2007: 4 wickets (South Africa)
2011: 3 wickets (Kenya)
2011: 3 wickets (Australia)
Two hat-tricks in T20:
2017: 3 wickets (Bangladesh)
2019: 4 wickets (New Zealand)
Most Sri Lankan bowlers in all three formats:
Test: Muralitharan (800 wickets)
ODI: Muralitharan (534 wickets)
T20: Malinga (104 wickets)