Sri Lanka legend Malinga announces retirement from cricket with emotional video

The iconic Lasith Malinga has announced his retirement from cricket, having become a legendary T20 bowler with his exploits for Sri Lanka and the Mumbai Indians

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Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga has officially retired from the sport and will go down in history as one of the greatest bowlers in T20 cricket.

Malinga, known for his iconic hairstyle, round-arm action and toe-crushing yorkers, famously captained Sri Lanka to their 2014 T20 World Cup win.

He also holds the remarkable records of being the only bowler to take four wickets in four consecutive balls twice in international cricket and being the only bowler to take three hat-tricks in ODIs.

Malinga was also the first bowler to take 100 T20I wickets and he remains fourth on the list of the leading wicket-takers in T20 cricket, having picked up 390 wickets during his time playing for Sri Lanka and several T20 franchises.

Lasith Malinga has announced his retirement


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His most notable success on the franchise circuit came with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, helping them win the competition on four occasions.

Malinga announced his retirement in a video on his YouTube channel, saying: “Today is a very special day for me. I want to thank each one of you who have supported me throughout my T20 career.

“Today I have decided to give 100% rest to my T20 bowling shoes. I want to thank 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 played a total of 30 Test matches, 226 ODIs and 84 T20Is for Sri Lanka and picked up 546 wickets across all formats.

His last game for his country came in March 2020 in a seven wicket defeat to the West Indies.

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