Melbourne Stars international recruit Lasith Malinga proved why he’s one of the world’s best T20 players finishing BBL|02 as the standout bowler.
The Sri Lankan speedster claimed 13 wickets from seven games at an economy rate of 4.75 and finished with an amazing average of 10 runs for every scalp.
The highlight of the whole tournament came courtesy of the sling king when he skittled eventual finalists Perth Scorchers with Australian domestic T20 record figures of 6/7.
Malinga’s distinct slinging motion, which generates serious pace and swing, devastated batsmen throughout the tournament who struggled to pick up the ball’s trajectory particularly when aimed at their toes.
The 29-year-old’s exploits during the tournament are far from isolation; he’s taken a mammoth 191 wickets in the format playing for various teams around the world, including IPL heavyweight the Mumbai Indians.
He garnered a cult following while in Melbourne with his own Cheer Squad proving a hit amongst fans. With almost half of Australia’s Sri Lankan community residing in Melbourne, crowds flocked to the MCG to see ‘Slinga’ spearhead the Stars' pace attack.
Rightfully rewarded as the Stars BBL|02 Player of the Year, Malinga is already locked in at the Stars and be returning as a Star in BBL|03.
"He fulfills two important roles - he takes wickets and there's no better finishing bowler in the game"