Lasith Malinga announces T20 Retirement
After 295 appearances and 390 wickets, Lasith Malinga has declared his retirement from T20 cricket. Malinga had previously left Test cricket in 2011 and ODI cricket in 2019. After being discharged by the Mumbai Indians in January, the Sri Lankan bowler confirmed his retirement from franchise cricket.
Malinga’s strike rate is 16.60 percent, his economy is 7.07 percent, and his average is 19.68 percent. Before finishing with 107 wickets, he was the first bowler to reach 100 T20I wickets. He is ranked fourth in the list of highest wicket-takers, behind Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, and Sunil Narine.
“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,” he said. “I want to thank the 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.
“While my shoes rest, my love for the game will never ask for rest. Looking forward to seeing our youngsters make history.”
Malinga, regarded as one of the greatest T20 bowlers of all time, was a key member of the Indian Premier League, Big Bash League, Caribbean Premier League, and other franchise events. With Mumbai Indians, he was a part of four of the five IPL title wins, although he had opted out of the 2020 competition.