Lasith Malinga Announces Retirement: In a massive recent update, veteran Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect. The 38-year-old pacer had already retired from Test cricket in 2011 and called time on his ODI career in 2019. The Lankan fast bowler had also hanged his boots from franchise cricket in January earlier this year after being released by the Mumbai Indians.
Lasith Malinga last played T20I cricket for Sri Lanka against West Indies at home in 2020 and has finished his career with a total of 107 wickets in 83 matches at an economy of 7.42. He will surely remembered as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the T20 format as he has delivered some phenomenal performances both at the international level and franchise cricket throughout his incredible career.
“Today is a very special day for me. I want to thank each one of you who have supported me throughout my T20 career. Today I have decided to give 100 per cent rest to my T20 bowling shoes,” said Lasith Malinga
“I want to thank Sri Lanka cricket board, Mumbai Indians, Melbourne Stars, Kent Cricket Club, Rangpur Riders, Guyana Warriors, Maratha Warriors and Montreal Tigers. I now want to share my experience with young cricketers who want to play franchise cricket and for their national team. While my shoes rest, my love for the game will never ask for rest. Looking forward to seeing our youngsters make history,” he added.
Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga was the first bowler to take 100 T20I wickets and has finished his spectacular career as the leading wicket-taker in the shortest format of the game at the international level. In his overall T20 career, he has bagged a total of 390 wickets from 295 matches and is only behind the likes of Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir and Sunil Narine. Malinga has featured in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Mumbai Indians in 122 matches taking 170 scalps at an average of 19.79 and an economy of 7.14. He was also part of four of the five IPL title wins with the Mumbai Indians before opting out of the 2020 edition.
The veteran Lankan pacer has taken the most number of hat-tricks in international cricket – three in ODIs and two in T20Is. Malinga has played 226 ODIs and 30 Tests picking up 338 and 101 wickets respectively.
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