Lasith Malinga has declared his retirement from T20 cricket after 295 matches. He picked 390 wickets. Malinga had effectively resigned from Tests in 2011. He retired from ODIs in 2019. The Sri Lanka pacer reported his retirement from franchise cricket in January this year. After Mumbai Indians parted ways with him.
Malinga Had His Last Say
“Today is a very special day for me. I want to thank each one of you who have supported me throughout my T20 career. Today I have decided to give 100 per cent rest to my T20 bowling shoes,” he said. “I want to thank Sri Lanka cricket board, Mumbai Indians, Melbourne Stars, Kent Cricket Club, Rangpur Riders, Guyana Warriors, Maratha Warriors and Montreal Tigers. I now want to share my experience with young cricketers who want to play franchise cricket and for their national team.
“While my shoes rest, my love for the game will never ask for rest. Looking forward to seeing our youngsters make history.”
Malinga wraps up with amazing figures – a strike rate of 16.60, an economy of 7.07 at an average of 19.68. He was first of all the bowlers to 100 T20I wickets prior to finishing with 107 scalps in the international arena. He takes the fourth spot in the highest T20 wicket-taker list in the rundown behind Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir and Sunil Narine.
Malinga, one of the most outstanding T20 bowlers ever, was a critical figure in the teams he feayured in the Indian Premier League, Big Bash League, Caribbean Premier League, and other establishment competitions. He was important for four of the five IPL title wins with Mumbai Indians however did not take part in the 2020 competition.
A pinnacle figure in world cricket, Malinga will leave behind a legacy that will be hard to match. His toe crushing yorkers and deceiving slower deliveries will always haunt batsmen in their dreams. He was the best bowler in the death overs during his prime.
6 for 7 Malinga’s best bowling figures in T20s. He achieved it in the 2012-13 Big Bash League for Melbourne Stars against Perth Scorchers. He also finished as the second highest wicket taker in the T20 world cup with 38 scalps to his name. Only Shahid Afridi with 39 wickets is ahead of him.