Lasith Malinga announces retirement from T20 series
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Wed Sep 15 2021
Lasith Malinga announces retirement from T20 series Lasith is retiring from T20 cricket after 295 matches in which he took 390 wickets. Malinga had already retired from Tests in 2011 and ODIs in 2019.
The Sri Lankan pacer had also announced his retirement from franchise cricket in January this year after being released by Mumbai Indians. Malinga finished with amazing figures – a strike rate of 16.60, an economy of 7.07 and an average of 19.68. 100 T20Is before he finished with 107 scalps
Lasith was the first bowler to get the wicket. He is the fourth highest wicket-taker in the team behind Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir and Sunil Narine.
He said, “Today is a very special day for me. I want to thank all of you who have supported me throughout my T20 career. Today I have decided to give 100 percent rest to my T20 bowling shoes.“
“I would like to thank Sri Lanka Cricket Board, Mumbai Indians, Melbourne Stars, Kent Cricket Club, Rangpur Riders, Guyana Warriors, Maratha Warriors and Montreal Tigers.“ Now I want to share my experience with the young cricketers who are playing franchise cricket. Want to play for their national team.
“While my shoes rest, my love for the sport will never ask for rest. We look forward to watching our youth make history.”
Malinga, one of the finest T20 bowlers of all time, was a key figure in the teams that represented the Indian Premier League, Big Bash League, Caribbean Premier League and other franchise tournaments.
He was part of four out of five IPL championship wins with Mumbai Indians but was ruled out of the 2020 tournament.
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Although he did not take up hard-ball cricket until after the means of his teen years, Malinga was discovered by Sri Lankan fast bowling coaches Anusha Samarnayake and Champaka Ramanayaka, who brought him home and coached him in his early years.
He made his international debut in 2004 and was soon included in all Sri Lankan teams. Repeated knee and ankle injuries threatened to end his career, and in 2010, he decided to retire from Tests to focus on limited-overs cricket.
Malinga last played an international match in March 2020. He has retired at the age of 38.