Sri Lankan ODI captain Lasith Malinga announced his retirement from international cricket after the Twenty20 World Cup next year. He will retire from ODI cricket after the World Cup in England. Malinga announced this after the second Twenty20 international defeat to South Africa.
“My career will end after the World Cup,” he said. I want to play Twenty20 World Cup and then I will retire from international cricket.”
Lasith Malinga has taken the 97th wicket in Twenty20 against South Africa on Friday after Reeza Hendricks was dismissed in the Twenty20 match against Shrilanka. Malinga needs only one wicket to break the record of Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, who took 98 wickets in this format.
The Lankan great Malinga will not be able to play in the first six matches of the IPL. Sri Lanka’s legendary bowler will have to return to the national duty. He will play Super Provincial One-Day domestic tournament, which started from April 4 to April 11, 2019.
Malinga is the greatest pacers to have played for Sri Lanka, but his career came down due to a lot of injuries and inconsistent form. He was recalled into the Shri Lankan ODI squad for the last year’s Asia Cup after more than a year.
Malinga the Slinga took four wickets in four balls against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup. On the basis of his unique bowling action, the bowler took 72 wickets in 97 T-20 matches.
Lasith Malinga made his Test debut against Australia on 1 July 2004 at Darwin. Malinga was the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team who won the 2014 ICC Twenty20 World Cup and he was also the part of the team who made the final in World Cup 2007, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC Twenty20 World Cup, and 2012 ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
Malinga is the first bowler to take two World Cup hat-tricks, and the fourth to take two hat-tricks in all One Day International cricket. In August 2011, he has taken yet another hat-trick against Australia, to become the first man to take three hat-tricks in ODI cricket.
In his ODI carrier, Malinga has taken 322 wickets in 218 matches with an average of 29.03. He has taken 5 or more wickets 8 times in his career.
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