Tanya Minoli Perea the Woman behind Lasith Malinga
By Sandun W - Wed Mar 07, 9:20 pm
Separamadu Lasith Malinga or “Slinga Malinga” is the most unusual fast bowler ever in the Cricketing history with tons of records under his name. With his rare round arm action sometimes referred to as a sling action he has hunted almost all the super batsmen in the cricket world today. Anyone who love cricket knows his records as a bowler and how Lasith’s performances in the ongoing CB series, yet how many of them know who is Lasith Malinga’s wife? As it says ‘there’s a woman behind in every successful man’ it is Tanya Perera the lovely wife of the cricketing hero Lasith Malinga.
Tanya Minoli Perera is the youngest in family of two, Father Lalith Perera, Mother Kanthi Perera and Brother Charith Perera. Although Tanya’s home town is Matara, she went to Vishaka Vidyalaya Colombo, and did her A/L’s in Commerce stream. Tanya has done her higher studies in Management and started her career as a Banker and later on joined a private company as the Public Relations Manageress. As her father was in USA, Tanya was planning to visit there to continue her higher studies when she met Lasith which eventually end as a wife of a legendary cricketer.
Lasith Malinga first met Tanya Perera as a Brand Ambassador of a Private firm at a hotel in Hikkaduwa where Tanya’s company handled the advertising campaign. It was an ordinary meeting, but when the same programme was in Galle the two of them became good friends and Lasith managed to get her cellular number.
“I was not a cricket over when I first met Lasith and even my family members are not cricket fans. So I was not a fan of Lasith Malinga the cricketer.”
“ Lasith is a simple down to earth man, that’s why I like him; he’s a straight forward guy and when he asked me whether likes to marry him I told him to ask my parents first, which he did.”
“First he met my mother and brother as my father was in USA, and when my father came back he too had a deep discussion with Lasith regarding our future, because my father was more concerned about what it would like be his daughter’s life with a cricketer who travels a lot and has less time to spend with his family.”
“Our horoscopes were a perfect match and most importantly Lasith is a non smoker and non alcoholic, so both of our parents gave their full blessings to our relationship. We used to discuss a lot and exchange our thoughts during our two years relationship which eventually happened to be the main reason for our good family life.”
Lasith Malinga Tanya Perera wedding was held on 22nd January 2010 at the Waters’ Edge Hotel Battaramulla. Tanya was in a Kandyan wedding dress dressed by Dananjaya Bandara. Angelo Mathews and Chamara Silva were the Best men.
“I accompany him whenever possible in his foreign tours and its great pleasure to watch him taking wickets. Lasith doesn’t like partying and loves to stay at home, Jothipala and Milton Mallawarachchi are his favorite singers, doesn’t like reading but love to watch matches in TV.”
“We have a good mutual understanding, otherwise it’s very hard when tons of gossips published in media, in fact I sometimes teased him over the gossip news, but Lasith doesn’t care those much and we enjoyed reading them.”
“When Bollywood actress Amisha Patel has said she loves to give him a hug and a kiss, Lasith was unaware of such an actress. Amisha was also come to watch the World Cup finals.”
On 9th September 2011 Tanya and Lasith blessed with a Baby Daughter. You can watch one of Lasith Malinga and Tanya Perera’s TV interview here.