Sri Lanka and IPL legend Lasith Malinga have announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Malinga holds the record for most wickets in Indian Premier League (IPL) history.
Captain Lasith Malinga, who won Sri Lanka’s 2014 T20 World Cup, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday.
Lasith Malinga announces his retirement from cricket. Has 5 hat-tricks in international cricket. Has taken 4 wickets off 4 consecutive balls twice in international cricket. Was captain when SL won T20 WC in 2014. He's the highest wicket-taker in the IPL
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 14, 2021
Malinga said on his official YouTube channel, “Today is a very special day for me. I want to thank everyone who supported me and blessed me throughout my T20 career.”
“While playing with all of you, I have had many experiences throughout my cricket injury and I will share that [experience] with young cricketers in the future,” he added.
Malinga also thanked the team members and officials of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC), Mumbai Indians, Melbourne Stars, Kent Cricket, Rangpur Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Maratha Arabians, and Montreal Tigers.
The star fast bowler who played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the five-time champions Mumbai Indians is the most successful bowler in the league.
Malinga holds the record for most wickets in IPL history. He played in 122 matches in the IPL and took 170 wickets. His best bowling performance was taking five wickets for 13 runs in the IPL.
In particular, in January, Lasith Malinga retired from franchise cricket. The Sri Lankan fast bowler announced his decision to the Mumbai Indians management as he was not available for the champion retention wish list.
Malinga made his debut against Australia in July 2004. 16 days after his Test debut, Malinga made his ODI debut.
Known for his toe-crushing yorkers, Malinga has twice taken 4 wickets off 4 balls in international cricket.
Malinga, who took 107 wickets in the shortest form, made his T20I debut in June 2006 against England.