Slinger Lasith Malinga announces retirement from all forms of cricket


A
white
ball
legend
in
his
own
right
and
one
of
the
greatest
T20
bowlers,
the
38-year-old
was
captain
of
Sri
Lanka’s
2014
T20
World
Cup
winning
team.
He
posted
a
message
on
his
social
media
account
announcing
his
decision.

“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.

“I
want
to
give
100
per
cent
rest
to
my
T20
bowling
shoes.
While
my
shoes
will
rest,
my
love
for
the
game
will
never
ask
for
rest,”
a
smiling
Malinga
added
in
the
video.

Malinga
last
played
a
T20I
match
for
Sri
Lanka
in
March
2020
against
West
Indies
in
Pallekele.
Malinga,
who
took
a
total
of
546
wickets
across
all
formats
for
Sri
Lanka,
had
already
retired
from
Test
cricket
in
2011
and
after
that
from
ODIs
as
well
but
continued
to
play
T20Is
for
the
national
side.

He
wasn’t
named
in
Sri
Lanka’s
squad
for
upcoming
World
Cup.
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
help
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
IPL
team
Mumbai
Indians.

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.

He
was
the
first
bowler
to
bag
100
T20I
wickets
and
finishes
fourth
in
the
highest
wicket-taker
category
in
the
list
behind
Dwayne
Bravo,
Imran
Tahir
and
Sunil
Narine.

The
Sri
Lanka
pacer
had
also
announced
his
retirement
from
franchise
cricket
in
January
this
year
after
being
released
by
Mumbai
Indians.
Malinga,
one
of
the
best
T20
bowlers
of
all
time,
was
a
key
figure
in
the
teams
he
played
for
in
the
Indian
Premier
League,
the
Big
Bash
League,
the
Caribbean
Premier
League
and
other
franchise
tournaments.

During
his
12-year
stint
at
Mumbai
Indians,
he
was
part
of
MI’s
four
of
the
five
IPL
title
triumphs
but
had
opted
out
of
the
2020
tournament
due
to
personal
reasons
at
a
time
when
his
father
was
not
keeping
well.

“The
experience
that
I
have
gained
through
the
past
17
years
will
no
longer
be
needed
in
the
field
since
I
have
decided
to
retire
from
T20I
Cricket
marking
my
retirement
from
all
formats
of
cricket,”
said
Malinga
in
a
video
on
his
YouTube
channel.

He
added,
“But
I
will
be
continuously
supporting
the
younger
generations
who
strive
to
uplift
the
spirit
of
the
game
and
I
will
always
be
there
with
all
who
love
the
game.”

A
fearsome
pacer
known
for
his
menacing
yorkers,
the
leading
wicket-taker
in
T20I
also
has
two
T20I
hat-tricks
to
his
name.
Malinga
also
picked
up
three
hat-tricks
in
ODI
cricket,
with
his
performance
against
South
Africa
in
the
2007
World
Cup
in
West
Indies
etched
in
history.

“Today
is
a
very
special
day
for
me,”
he
said.
“I
want
to
thank
each
and
everyone
who
supported
me
throughout
my
T20
journey.
I
want
to
thank
the
Sri
Lankan
cricket
board
and
team
members.
And
Mumbai
Indians
cricket
team,
especially
the
team
owners
and
officials.

“I
would
also
like
to
thank
the
team
members
and
staff
at
Melbourne
Stars,
Kent,
Rangpur
Riders,
Kayana
Warriors,
Maratha
Arabians
and
Montero
Tigers.
When
I
played
with
you
all,
I
got
many
experiences
through
my
cricketing
journey.”





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