Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Lasith Malinga retired from T20 cricket

Lasith Malinga to retired from T20 cricket

Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka pacer, announced his retirement from T20s on Tuesday, 14 September.

With this announcement, his international career came to an end as he had already retired from ODIs and Tests. Malinga last played a T20I fixture for the Sri Lanka team in March 2020 against the West Indies team in Pallekele cricket ground. He took 546 total wickets across all forms of cricket for Sri Lanka.

He had retired from franchise cricket in January 2021, after Mumbai Indians released him. He had informed the IPL team about his decision to call it a day.

Last year, he expressed his desire to lead Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup, initially scheduled in Australia in 2020 October-November but will be held next month after a COVID-forced postponed.

A fearsome pacer knew his dangerous yorkers, the leading wicket-taker in T20I, and two T20I hat-tricks records.

He also picked up three hat-tricks in ODI international, with his performance against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies marked in history.

"Today is a very special day for me," he said.

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"I want to thanks each and everyone who supported me throughout my T20 journey. I want to thank the Sri Lankan cricket board and team members. And the Mumbai Indians cricket team, especially the team owners and officials.

"I would also like to thanks 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."

Lasith Malinga has been a part of 83 T20Is for Sri Lanka, in which he picked up 107 wickets, his best performance being 5 for 6. He also represented Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 122 matches, helping the team win multiple trophies. In all, he took 170 wickets in the league.

One of his proudest achievements for Sri Lanka was winning the World T20 in 2014 as captain. After Dinesh Chandimal was ousting as captain in the middle of the campaign, Malinga took charge and took the team to the title.

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