Sri Lanka Cricket Board honored captain Dimuth Karunaratne and the veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga at their Annual awards night on Tuesday. Karunaratne received the 'Best Test Batsman' award and the Sri Lanka star bowler Malinga was labeled as the 'Best ODI Bowler' and 'Best T20 Bowler'.
Malinga has had a memorable year as he bagged a double hat-trick against New Zealand this year in a T20I match. He picked up 14 wickets in T20I with a strike rate of 16.71 and an economy of 6.44. He bowled 39 overs this year in T20I, second-most in his career in a year.
In ODIs, Malinga bagged 27 wickets with a strike rate of 31.19. The 36-year-old is hoping to lead Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup 2020.
All-rounder Thisara Perera was named for the 'Best T20 Batsman' and 'Best ODI All-Rounder' awards.
Sri Lanka Cricket's Vice President Mohan de Silva has full faith in the team. He feels they can outperform any team in the upcoming international tournaments. "While lauding the award winners, I take this opportunity to remind our cricketers of the need to perform with greater zeal to bring glory to their motherland in the future on the international big stage," said de Silva.
For women's T20 captain Chamari Atapattu, the only Sri Lankan women's cricketer to score a hundred in World Cup, got the 'Best Batswoman ODI and T20I'.