Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga, who terrorized the world’s best batsmen with his crushing Yorkies delivered from low-arm, sling action, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. The 38-year-old, who was captain of the winning Sri Lankan side of the 2014 T20 World Cup, posted a message on his social media account announcing his decision.
“Hang up my T20 shoes and retire from all forms of cricket! Thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey, and I look forward to sharing my experience with young cricketers in the years to come,” Malinga tweeted.
Malinga had retired from Test and ODI cricket in January of this year, but had yet to leave the T20 internationals.
Last year he expressed his desire to lead Sri Lanka at the T20 World Cup, which was originally scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November 2020 but will be held next month after a forced postponement of COVID.
“I look forward to helping the young people and guiding them in the years to come,” he said thanking his national team and all the franchises he has played for, including the IPL Mumbai Indians team.
“I want to give my T20 shoes 100% rest. While my shoes will rest, my love for the game will never ask for rest,” Malinga added with a smile in the video.
Malinga, who has played 122 IPL games, has 170 wickets to his name, the league’s highest cash-rich, with the best bowling numbers of 5/13.
He recovered 107 wickets in 84 T20 Internationals, 338 scalps in 226 ODI and 101 wickets in 30 tests.