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|Born||March 10, 1987|
|Age||34 years 65 days|
|Teams||Sri Lanka, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, Wayamba United, Basnahira Greens, Galle, Colombo, Jaffna Stallions|
|Bat Style||Right Handed Bat|
|Bowl Style||Right-arm medium|
|BBI||47 / 5||13 / 4||26 / 2||-|
|BBM||80 / 7||13 / 4||26 / 2||-|
Lakmal was a raw paceman then and lacked penetration. Plagued by injury problems as well as haphazardness, Lakmal found himself in and out of the side. Under the watchful supervision of ChamindaVaas, he has now grown leaps and bounds to become a key component of the Sri Lankan bowling attack, particularly in the longest format. Having picked up the yorker that tails in from LasithMalinga, Lakmal appears a complete bowler, so much so that MahelaJaywardene has marked him out as a future match-winner for Sri Lanka alongside ShamindaEranga.
His new found unwavering dedication towards bowling with discipline, in addition to swinging the ball played a pivotal part in Sri Lanka's emphatic nine-wicket win over Pakistan in Dubai in January 2014. He continued his good work in the subsequent Test duel against Bangladesh as well as in the Asia Cup. The re-emergence of Lakmal has indeed eased some pressure off both RanganaHerath and Malinga.
Lakmal could not participate in the Tests against Pakistan due to an ankle injury in August 2014. He rejoined the side in December for the ODIs against England and was also a part of the Test and ODI teams for the New Zealand tour. The lanky pacer, despite being injury-prone at times, proved his consistency during the 2015 home series' and enjoyed a well-deserved stint in all forms of the game.
He carried it forward it in the overseas tours to England and South Africa with decent performances with the ball. His five-wicket haul at Port Elizabeth made him only the second Sri Lankan to have a fifer under his belt in South Africa. However his efforts were hidden under his side's dismal display. With age by his side and a deal of experience as well, he now has the responsibility as the side's leader of the attack.
In what has been a case of a revolving door of captains in Sri Lanka, Lakmal had a fairly successful stint as the stand-in skipper, with a 2-0 whitewash of South Africa at home and a series saving victory against the West Indies in Barbados, hence becoming the first Asian team to win a match at the Kensington Oval.
Lakmal has fetched himself some fairly interesting records. When he made his debut in 2009, he became the first player from the Hambantota district to represent Sri Lanka. He also joined an elite group comprising of KapilDev and Imran Khan when he became bagged a wicket off the first ball to be bowled at a new Test venue - the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in his case.
World Cup through the years
In and out of the side until this point due to injuries and erratic form, Lakmal started out in the eleven during the 2015 World Cup, but was left out after four games with rather middling performances. In his first three matches, he picked up two wickets apiece against New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh respectively. However, after being taken to the cleaners by Root and Buttler especially in the death against England in the next match, finishing with 71 runs against his name in 7.4 overs, he made way for Sachitra Senanayake. In 2019, in swinging conditions in England, Sri Lanka rely heavily on him as he prepares to shoulder the attack's weight.
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