COLOMBO: Sri Lanka pace legend Lasith Malinga announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday, after terrorising the world's finest batsmen with his toe-crushing yorkers thrown from a low and peculiar sling-arm movement for almost a decade and a half. The 38-year-old was captain of Sri Lanka's T20 World Cup-winning team in 2014. He is a white ball legend and one of the greatest T20 bowlers of all time.
He announced his decision with a message on his social media account."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," Malinga tweeted."I want to give 100 per cent rest to my T20 bowling shoes.
While my shoes will rest, my love for the game will never ask for rest," a smiling Malinga added in the video.Malinga last played a T20I match for Sri Lanka against the West Indies in Pallekele in March 2020.Malinga, who took 546 wickets for Sri Lanka in all formats, had already retired from Test cricket in 2011 and ODI cricket after that, but he continued to play T20Is for the national side.
He has been left out of Sri Lanka's World Cup roster."I'd like to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported me throughout my T20 adventure. I'd like to express my gratitude to the Sri Lankan cricket board and team members. And the Mumbai Indians cricket team, particularly its owners and officials."I'd also like to express my gratitude to the Melbourne Stars, Kent, Rangpur Riders, Kayana Warriors, Maratha Arabians, and Montero Tigers players and staff. When I played cricket with you, I gained a lot of valuable experience."
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