COLOMBO: Fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who guided Sri Lanka to victory in the 2014 Twenty20 World Cup, announced his retirement from cricket on Tuesday.
With his motion, the 38-year-old was one of the most successful limited-over bowlers of his time, and he claimed he will now devote himself to mentoring the next generation of players.
Malinga, who was benched for Sri Lanka’s current T20 series against South Africa, has been contemplating retirement since the team’s 2-0 loss to India in January of last year.
“I have decided to retire from T20I cricket, marking my retirement from all forms of cricket,” he announced on his Facebook account.
“However, I will continue to encourage younger generations,” he said. “While my shoes may take a break, my passion for the game will never stop.”
Malinga has been a big draw in the IPL and other limited-overs events around the world.
His greatest achievement, though, was leading Sri Lanka to victory in the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.
In the final, Sri Lanka defeated India by six wickets, thanks to Malinga’s Yorkers in the dying overs, which frustrated the Indian batters.
With 107 wickets in T20 internationals, Malinga is the all-time leading wicket-taker. In ODIs, he took 338 wickets, placing him among the top ten bowlers in the game.
He is the only bowler with two World Cup hat-tricks and one of just two players in international cricket history to take four wickets in four consecutive balls.
After a career that began in 2004, he retired from ODIs in July 2019. He retired from Test cricket in 2010 to concentrate on limited overs cricket.