Lasith Malinga: Sri Lankan great player, most prolific pitcher in T20 internationals, retires from cricket | Cricket News

Lasith Malinga retires from cricket at 38; Seamer is the most prolific pitcher in T20 internationals with 107 wickets in 84 games; Sri Lanka is the only man to have scored three ODI hat tricks and four wickets in four balls on two occasions; Malinga last performed for his country in March 2020

Last update: 09/14/21 3:24 PM

Lasith Malinga retired from cricket at the age of 38

Lasith Malinga retired from cricket at the age of 38

Sri Lankan great Lasith Malinga, the most prolific pitcher in international T20 cricket, has announced his retirement at the age of 38.

The crimper, famous for his slingy bowling action, took 107 wickets in 84 T20Is and led Sri Lanka to the 2014 T20 World Cup title.

Malinga retired from Test Cricket in 2011 and played his last one-day international match in 2019, but continued to play T20s for his country.

The paceman’s most recent appearance came in a home T20I against the West Indies in March 2020.

“I have had many experiences throughout my career and I want to share all my experience in the future, especially with young cricketers,” he said in a social media post.

Malinga is the only bowler to score three hat tricks in ODI cricket, doing it against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup, Kenya in the 2011 World Cup, and then against Australia later in 2011.

He is also the only man to have claimed four wickets in four balls twice, achieving the feat in that aforementioned ODI against South Africa as well as in a T20 international against New Zealand in 2019.

Malinga took 338 wickets in 226 ODI and 101 wickets in 30 test matches.

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