Malinga announces retirement from all from Cricket:
Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga has announced his retirement from T20 Internationals, marking his retirement from all formats of the game. The 38-year-old, who was captain of Sri Lanka’s 2014 T20 World Cup with the island nation had earlier in 2019 winning team, posted a message on his social media accounts announcing his decision.
Sri Lanka pace veteran Lasith Malinga who terrorized the world’s best batsmen with his toe-crushing yorkers delivered from a low and sling-arm action on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
“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,” Malinga tweeted.
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
Malinga had retired from Test and ODI cricket in January this year but was yet to call it quits from T20 internationals.
Last year, he had expressed his desire to lead Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup, which was originally scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November 2020 but will be held next month after a COVID-forced postponement.
“I am looking forward to helping youngsters and guide them in the coming years,” he said. As he thanked his national team and all the franchises. That he has played for, including the IPL team Mumbai Indians.
“While my shoes will rest my love for the game will never rest,” he captioned the video.
Overall, in his career, Malinga played 30 Tests in which he picked up 101 wickets at an average of 33.16. He also played 226 ODIs for Sri Lanka, in which he picked up 338 wickets at an average of 28.94.
“I want to thank the Sri Lanka cricket board and my team members. I want to thank the Mumbai Indians cricket team and team members. Especially the owners and the officials, Melbourne Stars, Kent Cricket Club, Rangpur Riders, Guyana Warriors, Maratha Arabians, and Montreal Tigers.
“CRICKET IS NOT EVERYTHING.NOT BY ANY MEANS, BUT IT IS A LARGE PART OF WHO I AM.”
Malinga, who has played a staggering 122 IPL matches, has 170 wickets to his credit. The highest in the cash-rich league, with the best bowling figures of 5/13.
He picked up 107 wickets in 84 T20 Internationals, 338 scalps in 226 ODIs, and 101 wickets in 30 Tests.