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Lasith Malinga: Sri Lankan great player, most prolific pitcher in T20 men’s internationals, retires from cricket |  Cricket News

Lasith Malinga retires at 38; Seamer is the most prolific pitcher in the T20 men’s international with 107 wickets in 84 games; Sri Lanka tall only man to take three ODI hat tricks and four four-ball wickets on two internationals; Malinga last performed for the country in 2020

Last update: 09/14/21 3:38 PM

Lasith Malinga retired from cricket at the age of 38

Sri Lankan great Lasith Malinga, the most prolific pitcher in international T20 cricket, has announced his retirement at the age of 38.

The couturier, famous for his dashing bowling action and devastating Yorkers, won 107 wickets in 84 T20Is and led Sri Lanka to the 2014 T20 World Cup title, where they beat India in the final.

Malinga retired from Test Cricket in 2011 and played his last one-day international match in 2019, but continued to play T20s for his country.

The paceman’s most recent appearance came in a home T20I against the West Indies in March 2020.

“I have had many experiences throughout my career and I want to share all my experience in the future, especially with young cricketers,” he said in a social media post.

Malinga is the only bowler to score three hat tricks in ODI cricket, making it against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup, Kenya in the 2011 World Cup, and then against Australia later in 2011.

He is also the only man to have claimed four four-ball wickets twice at internationals, achieving the feat in the aforementioned ODI against South Africa as well as in a T20 international against Nova Scotia. Zealand in 2019.

Malinga took 338 wickets in 226 ODI and 101 wickets in 30 test matches.


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