The veteran Sri Lankan fast bowler, Lasith Malinga has decided to retire from T20 cricket, marking his retirement from all forms of the game. Malinga has led Sri Lanka’s fast bowling attack for over a decade since Chaminda Vaas hanged his boots from international cricket. was arguably the single-most-important player in Sri Lanka’s excellent run in global tournaments from 2007-2014.
The celebrated fast bowler took to social media platforms to announce his retirement. He tweeted: “Hanging up my #T20 shoes and #retiring from all forms of cricket! Thankful to all those who supported me in my journey, and looking forward to sharing my experience with young cricketers in the years to come. But I will be continuously supporting the younger generations who thrives to uplift the spirit of the game and I will always be there with all who love the game.”
Hanging up my #T20 shoes and #retiring from all forms of cricket! Thankful to all those who supported me in my journey, and looking forward to sharing my experience with young cricketers in the years to come.https://t.co/JgGWhETRwm #LasithMalinga #Ninety9
— Lasith Malinga (@ninety9sl) September 14, 2021
JUST IN: Lasith Malinga has announced retirement from all forms of cricket. pic.twitter.com/NYrfgpQPqR
— ICC (@ICC) September 14, 2021
Lasith Malinga also posted a compilation of all the wickets he has taken in the T20s. He further added, “While my shoes will rest my love for the game will never rest.”
Lasith Malinga, who has always been known for his toe-crushing yorkers and deceptive slower ones, holds some unique records for Sri Lanka. He has taken five hat tricks in international cricket. He has also taken 4 wickets off 4 consecutive balls twice in international cricket.
The veteran fast bowler, who took a total of 546 wickets across all formats for Sri Lanka, had already retired from Test cricket in 2011, and in 2019, he announced retirement from ODIs but continued to play T20Is for the national side.
Lasith Malinga remains the highest wicket-taker (170) in the history of IPL. Amit Mishra, the second-highest wicket-taker, at 166 wickets, is still 4 wickets behind him.