The legendary Lasith Malinga has announced his retirement from ODI cricket, in a video message on Twitter. He will only be playing the first of the three games against Bangladesh scheduled to be held on the 26th of July, Friday, in Colombo. Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said in a press conference, “He is going to play the first match. After that he is retiring. That’s what he said to me. I don’t know what he said to the selectors but for me he said he is playing only one match.”
Malinga, is proclaimed as one of the best fast bowlers in the cricket world and has earned worldwide acclaim for his ‘pin point yorkers’ and distinctive ‘slingy bowling’ style.
He holds the record for being the third highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in 50-overs cricket, ending with a total of 335 wickets in 225 ODIs overall. He is also the 10th highest wicket taker in the in ODI cricket, only short of three wickets to beat Anil Kumble’s number of 337.
The fast bowling guru announced his retirement from test cricket back in 2011. Malinga, now 35, has indeed played a pivotal role in the journey of success for the Sri Lankan cricket team for a very long time. He was Sri Lanka’s highest wicket-taker at the World Cup, claiming 13 wickets in just seven innings.