Known as the yorker King, Lasith Malinga announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. It was a remarkable career for the Sri Lankan legend picking wickets in the limited-overs format. His performance created a major impact and done lots of brilliant.
Malinga made his Test debut for Sri Lanka on July 1st, 2004, against Australia. He played a total of only 30 matches (59 innings) and grabbed a total of 101 wickets with five-wicket haul thrice. His last test match came against India on 3rd August 2010.
Malinga was great in the limited-overs format. He made his ODI debut against the United Arab Emirates on 17th July 2014. He grabbed a total of 338 wickets from 226 matches (220 innings) with career-best figures of 6/38. During his remarkable career, he achieved the unique feat of picking 3 hattricks in ODI format.
He became the first bowler to take 4 wickets off 4 balls during the match against South Africa in World Cup 2007. After that, Malinga grabbed hattricks against Kenya in the 2011 World Cup and then against Australia at Colombo. He decided to retire from his ODI career playing against Bangladesh on 26th July 2019.
Malinga was one of the greatest bowlers in T20I format also. He made his T20I debut for Sri Lanka against England on 15th June 2006. His performance during the shortest format has been brilliant.
With the World T20 around the corner to be played in UAE, Malinga decided to hang up their boots. He is the leading wicket-taker with 107 wickets from 83 matches (83 innings) with career-best figures of 5 for 6. Under his captaincy, Sri Lanka won the ICC World Cup 2014 played in Bangladesh as it was Sangakkara’s and Jayewardene’s farewell T20I match.
“Today is a very special day for me. Because I want to thank each and everyone, who has supported me and blessed me throughout my T20 career. Today I decided that I want to give a 100 percent rest for my T20 bowling shoes.
“That’s why I want to thank Sri Lankan Cricket Board and my team members. While my shoes will rest, my love for the game will never ask for rest. Looking forward to seeing our youngsters make history.”