Sri Lankan great Lasith Malinga has called it quits from all forms of cricket, the player announced on Tuesday (September 14). He made the announcement on his social media channel
“Today I decided I want to give 100% rest to my T20 bowling shoes,” he said. “I want to thank each and everyone who supported me and blessed me throughout my T20 journey.”
Having already retired from the other formats, the yorker king also called it time from T20 cricket, hence bringing down the curtain on his illustrious 17-year long career. He had already started giving hints on his retirement plans after he stopped getting selected in the national team matches. Earlier this year, Lasith Malinga announced his retirement from franchise cricket, while retracting his name from the IPL 2021.
The 38-year old made his international debut in 2004 in the Test against Australia at Darwin. He went on to play 30 Test matches, 226 ODIs and 84 T20Is for Sri Lanka, picking up 546 wickets in all. Known as a T20 specialist bowler, he is the fastest to pick up 100 T20I wickets, claiming a total of 107 T20I wickets at an economy rate of 7.42. He has two T20I hat-tricks under his belt and three hat-tricks in ODI cricket.
Malinga stopped featuring in Test cricket after 2010 and retired from the format the following year to concentrate on the shorter formats of the game. He completed his career in the longest format of the game as the third player to reach 100 Test wickets for Sri Lanka. Moreover, he played his last ODI in 2019 against Bangladesh in Colombo and his last T20I match for Sri Lanka in March 2020 against West Indies in Pallekele.
Malinga is known for his unique round-arm action, terrific inswinging yorkers, and a nightmare for the batsmen. He was Sri Lanka’s spearhead bowler during his active days and is credited for leading the team to a glorious win in the 2014 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh, the tournament during which he briefly captained the team. He also led the bowling attack for the team in the 2009 and 2012 T20 World Cups, which saw Sri Lanka make it into the finals.
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