Sri Lankan pace sensation Lasith Malinga announced today that he will retire from all forms of Cricket. Malinga has already retired from tests in 2011 & ODIs in 2019. The pace sensation had announced his retirement from league cricket earlier in January 2021 after he was released by his Mumbai Indians franchise.
Lasith Malinga took to his Official Twitter handle & YouTube accounts to announce his retirement. He termed today as a ‘special day’ & spoke about his illustrious career & the teams he has been a part of.
“Today is a very special day for me because I want to thank each and every one who supported me and blessed me throughout my T20 journey. Today, I have decided to give 100% rest to my T20 bowling shoes.” Malinga said.
“I want to thank the Sri Lankan cricket board team members and officials, Mumbai Indians cricket team and team members especially the owners and officials. Melbourne staff team members and officials, Kent cricket club team members and officials. Rangpur Riders team members and officials, Guyana Warriors team members and officials, Maratha Arabians team members and officials and the Montego Tigers team members and officials”, Lasith Malinga added.
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Towards the end of the video Lasith Malinga highlighted immense knowledge & experience that he has gained from the opportunities that he has received while playing for the leading franchises over the world.
“When I played with you all (the teams he thanked), I got a lot of experience. Now I want to share this knowledge with young cricketers. To all those who want to play cricket and dream to play franchise cricket or for their national teams, I feel I can share my experience with you all. Thanks to everyone again”, Lasith Malinga signed off.
Lasith Malinga’s Career Highlights
The ‘Yorker King’ Lasith Malinga is known for producing consistent & accurate yorkers that has helped him to scalp consecutive wickets at crucial matches & guided his team towards victory. Lasith Malinga made his Test debut on 1 July 2004 against Australia at Darwin. He has played 30 Test matches & has taken 101 wickets with 3 5-wicket hauls.
Lasith Malinga made his ODI debut against United Arab Emirates on 17 July 2004 at Dambulla. During his celebrated ODI career, Malinga has played 226 matches and taken 338 wickets. He has also registered 8 & 5-wicket hauls in ODIs. The pace spearhead has played 84 T20Is & has scalped 107 wickets at an enticing economy rate of 7.42.
One of the best pacer with an ability to deliver inswinging yorkers with a unique round arm action, Lasith Malinga took the Sri Lankan team towards the pioneer of success by captaining the team in the 2014 T20 World Cup. He led the team towards a glorious win in 2014 T20 World cup. However Malinga stepped down from the role of T20 captain ahead of Sri Lanka’s 2016 World T20 campaign, owing to a chronic knee injury.
Lasith Malinga’s Records in International cricket:
- He is the only player to have taken 4 wickets on 4 consecutive balls, against South Africa in 2007 and against New Zealand in 2019.
- Lasith Malinga is the first bowler to take 100 international wickets in all the three formats of the game.
- He is the fastest bowler to scalp 100 wickets in T20Is.
- Lasith Malinga is the only bowler to have registered three hat tricks in ODIs.
- The ‘Yorker specialist’ enjoys the record for having two World Cup hat-tricks in two different World Cups i.e. 2007 & 2011.
- Lasith Malinga is the only bowler to have taken five international hat-tricks.
- He has taken 387 wickets in T20Is which is the highest for a Sri Lankan pacer.
- He is the quickest bowler to reach 50 wickets mark in ODIs.
- Lasith Malinga also holds the record for the highest 9th wicket partnership in One Day Internationals with a score of 132 runs along with Angelo Mathews.
- He is the only Sri Lankan player to score a half century when batting at number 10.
Many batsmen across the globe will get a sign of relief today as the pace sensation legendary Lasith Malinga has pull down curtains on his celebrated cricketing career.
Cricketflicker wishes the Legendary pacer ‘best of luck’ for his future endeavors.
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