Slinger Lasith Malinga has announced his retirement from T20Is, ending his international career that started in 2004.
Malinga who captained Sri Lanka to the World T20 title in 2014, posted a message on his social media account announcing his decision. He also posted a video on his YouTube channel, showing a compilation of his wickets in T20s. “While my shoes will rest my love for the game will never rest,” he captioned the video.
“The experience that I have gained through the past 17 years will no longer be needed in the field since I have decided to retire from T20I Cricket marking my retirement from all formats of cricket,” Malinga said on his social media account.
“But I will be continuously supporting the younger generations who thrives to uplift the spirit of the game and I will always be there with all who love the game.
Malinga has picked up 546 international wickets during his illustrious career. He was also a widely sought-after cricketer in franchise cricket around the globe, having represented Mumbai Indians for 10 years. He also played for Melbourne Stars, Rangpur Riders, Kent Cricket, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Maratha Arabians, and Montreal Tigers.
Malinga retired from franchise cricket early this year. He last played for Sri Lanka in March 2020, in a T20I vs West Indies.
He also remains the highest wicket-taker in international cricket, with 107 wickets. Shakib al Hasan is 1 wicket behind him. Malinga remains the highest wicket-taker in the IPL till with 170 wickets.
He is also the holder of a few unique feats for Sri Lanka. He has taken five hat-tricks in international cricket including 4 wickets off 4 consecutive balls twice in international cricket.