Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga has announced his retirement from the T20 format. He is considered one of the best bowlers ever in the format. He has taken 390 wickets in 295 T20 matches. Malinga had already retired from Tests in 2011 and from One Dayers after the 2019 World Cup. He had also retired from franchise cricket in January of this year after being released by the Mumbai Indians.
Malinga has finished with some amazing figures- a strike rate of 16.60, an economy rate of 7.07 runs per over and an average of 19.68. He was the first bowler to get 100 wickets in the T20I format and ended up with 107 wickets, overall. He finishes as the fourth highest wicket taker in the format with Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir and Sunil Narine above him.
He said that today is a very special day for him and wants to thank everyone who supported him throughout his T20 career. He continued saying that he has decided to give 100 per cent rest to his T20 bowling shoes. He thanked the Sri Lanka cricket board, Mumbai Indians, Melbourne Stars, Kent Cricket Club, Rangpur Riders, Guyana Warriors, Maratha Warriors and Montreal Tigers for his career and wants to share his experience with young cricketers who want to play franchise cricket and for their national team. He ended by saying that his love for the game will never rest and will look forward to seeing the youngsters in the game.
He has been a crucial player for every team he has played in as he is considered one of the best death bowlers ever in the game. He has helped Mumbai Indians win four of their five IPL championships in their history. He will be missed in the cricketing world.