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Lasith Malinga, a Sri Lankan cricketer, announced his retirement from the game on September 14, 2021. The 38-year-old fast bowler made the announcement on his YouTube channel, stating that his 17 years of experience will no longer be used in cricket. Despite his absence from the field, Malinga stated that he will continue to support the younger cricket generation and everyone who enjoys the game.
Numerous cricketers end up leaving a lasting impression in a particular area of the game for which they become famous. Lasith Malinga is also one of those players who has made a name for himself in the sport. His official statement labelled the end of a long and illustrious career.
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Malinga is a well-known T20 bowler. Malinga not only has remained relevant all through his complete cricket career, but he has also achieved as much over the years. Malinga captained the T20 World Cup-winning team in 2014. He is right-handed and well-known for his round-arm action, which inspired the nickname “Slinga Malinga.”
Malinga has now amassed the ninth highest ODI wicket total in history. He took 338 wickets in 220 innings at an impressive average of 28.87. When it came to wicket-taking, his prowess was evident. Malinga’s strike rate was 32.3, allowing him to rank 10th among 53 fast bowlers who have taken at least 150 ODI wickets. Furthermore, Malinga has the third most World Cup wickets in history. The first is Mcgrath, who has a score of 71, and the second is Muttiah Muralitharan, who has a score of 68. Malinga had a total of 56 wickets. He did it in twenty-eight innings at a 22.87 ERA. Malinga led Sri Lanka to the World Cup finals in both 2007 and 2011. Malinga took 18 wickets in eight matches in 2007, with an average of 15.77.
Malinga is also the second-highest wicket-taker in WT20 cricket. At a strike rate of 16.2, he took 38 wickets in 31 innings. Lasith Malinga has taken 322 wickets from 10,508 balls bowled. He gave up 9,349 runs. His average was 29.03. Lasith Malinga’s career has been marked by numerous world records. Malinga, for example, is the only bowler to have taken four wickets in four consecutive balls twice. He did it in an ODI against South Africa in 2007 and a T20 against New Zealand in 2019.
The impact he has had on Sri Lankan cricket is astronomical, to say the least. Lasith Malinga, who can lay claim to being the greatest T20 bowler in men’s cricket, for such a man to finally hang his boots can be taken as the end of an era. The heritage he leaves behind is vast and would serve as a guide and a goal for all cricketers the world over. Words might not be enough to depict the love he had for cricket, and they love this sport had for him. As a fan of Cricket, one can only hope that his legacy lives on forever.