Sri Lanka’s legendary bowler Lasith Malinga has said goodbye to all forms of cricket. Malinga announced his retirement on Tuesday. In a career spanning 17 years, Lasith Malinga performed many times in every format for the Sri Lankan team. He was considered a specialist bowler in T20 cricket.
Lasith Malinga started his career with Test cricket against Australia in 2004. After this, he also made his ODI debut for Sri Lanka against UAE in the same year. In T20 cricket, he took to the field for the first time against England in 2006 and has shown much better bowling performance in this format.
Lasith Malinga took a total of 101 wickets in his career playing 30 Test matches. In ODI cricket, he took 338 wickets in 226 matches. In T20 International cricket, Malinga took 107 wickets in 84 matches. In this way, he took a total of 548 wickets for the Sri Lankan team in all three formats.
Malinga’s name shone a lot in franchise cricket as well. He played for only one team in IPL and that is Mumbai Indians. Malinga played 122 matches for Mumbai and took a total of 170 wickets in his name. His best was 5 wickets for 13 runs. Malinga’s bowling cannot be ignored in helping Mumbai win the title several times. His presence also gave energy to the other bowlers of the team.
Malinga is at the forefront of taking four consecutive wickets in four balls in one-day international cricket. After him, no other bowler has been able to do such a feat till now. Apart from this, he has taken hat-trick twice in T20 International cricket.