Fast bowler known for a slinging round-arm action who is Sri Lanka's vice-captain of their T20 side and is the first bowler to have two World Cup hat-tricks.
He grew up playing Cricket in Rathgama, Sri Lanka.
His highest recorded speed was 155.7 km/h (96.8 mph) in 2011.
He married Tanya Perera in 2010.
The great Viv Richards praised Malinga's skills.