‘Slinga Malinga’ to most of the cricketing world, Lasith Malinga has caused devastation and sometimes physical agony to batsmen the world over with his round-arm, slinging action (hence the nickname), and ability to bowl yorkers at high speed. Malinga made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2004, picking up a match haul of 6 for 92 against Australia. Four Tests later, he followed that up with a 9 for 210 Man of the Match performance against New Zealand. Then in the 2007 ODI World Cup, he picked up four wickets in four deliveries against South Africa, coming to the notice of a worldwide audience. However, that high was to be followed by a prolonged low phase, with a knee injury rendering Malinga hors-de-combat for a long period. In due course Malinga returned not only stronger, but wilier and more deadly. Added to his repertoire was a bouncer bowled with no discernible change in action – a powerful weapon against most batsmen since they expected a fuller length from Malinga. His comeback began in IPL 2009 with Mumbai Indians, and he was soon regarded as the best limited-overs bowler in the world. His performances justified that label, and in 2011 he became the first bowler in ODI history to take a hat trick on three separate occasions. He had played two Tests against India in 2010, but the toll they took on his knees meant they were his final appearances for Sri Lanka in the longer format, and Malinga plays only limited-overs cricket now. He has developed his batting skills considerably too, and twice was responsible for wins via his bat – once for Sri Lanka when he hit 56 in a ODI record 132-run stand for the 9th wicket against Australia, and once for Mumbai Indians when he hit 37 not out to chase down Chennai’s 158. Malinga was expectedly retained by Mumbai Indians ahead of the 2011 auctions, and continues to play for them in IPL.