The veteran Sri Lanka cricketer, Lasith Malinga retires from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. He is retiring from T20 cricket after playing 295 matches where he scalped 390 wickets.
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He is definitely one of the greatest limited-overs bowlers of all time and retired from Tests back in 2011. Also, he retired from ODIs in 2019. Furthermore, in the month of January of this year, he even announced his retirement from franchise cricket after releasing by Mumbai Indians.
He ended his cricketing journey with excellent figures; a strike rate of 16.60, an economy of 7.07, and an average of 19.68. The former Sri Lankan cricketer was a key member of every team he represented and played for. In addition, he is the sole reason for many victories, be it Sri Lanka or Mumbai Indians in IPL, or any other franchise tournaments.
His thoughts on this decision:
Malinga shares his thoughts on retirement, “Today is a very special day for me. I want to thank each one of you who has supported me throughout my T20 career. Today I have decided to give 100 percent rest to my T20 bowling shoes. 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.”
He further added, “While my shoes rest, my love for the game will never ask for rest. Looking forward to seeing our youngsters make history.”