On Tuesday Lanka’s veteran iconic fast bowler Lasith Malinga announced his retirement from T20 cricket, marking his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Malinga has already retired from Tests in 2011 and ODIs in 2019. The Sri Lankan fast bowler also announced his retirement from franchise cricket in January this year after being released from the Mumbai Indians.
Malinga has taken 338 wickets in 226 ODIs for Sri Lanka, 107 wickets in 84 international T20 matches, and 101 wickets in 30 Tests matches.
“Today is a very special day for me. I want to thank each one of you who has supported me throughout my T20 career. Today I have decided to give 100 percent rest to my T20 bowling shoes,” Malinga said.
Hanging up my #T20 shoes and #retiring from all forms of cricket! Thankful to all those who supported me in my journey, and looking forward to sharing my experience with young cricketers in the years to come.https://t.co/JgGWhETRwm #LasithMalinga #Ninety9— Lasith Malinga (@ninety9sl) September 14, 2021
“I want to thank the 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,” Malinga added.
Malinga, one of the best T20 bowlers of all time, was a key player of IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. He took 170 wickets in 122 matches for the Mumbai Indians and was instrumental in helping the franchise become the most successful IPL team.
He was part of four of the five IPL championship wins with the Mumbai Indians but was opted out of the 2020 tournament.
Malinga, with his deadly yorker, was instrumental in helping Sri Lanka reach the 2011 World Cup final. He was also instrumental in winning the 2014 T20 World Cup trophy.