After the first game of the three-match series against Bangladesh in Colombo on July 26th, The King of Yorker – Lasith Malinga is all set to retire from an illustrious ODI career. In a press conference held on 22nd July, Dimuth Karunaratne, the current captain of the Sri Lanka Test and One-Day International Cricket teams, confirmed the news in a press conference held on July 22.
According to the captain, Malinga will retire after the first match, although, he did reiterate that he was unaware of the selectors’ feedback. When Lasith Malinga ends his career, he would be hailed as the third-highest wicket-taker in Sri Lankan cricket format with 335 wickets to his credit. Additionally, he also stands at no. 10 on the overall wicket-takers’ list. Going further, he still has a chance to overtake Anil Kumble’s 337 wickets’ record.
His wickets tally will rise to 50 if he picks even a single wicket in his last ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Whatever the outcome, Malinga is one of the finest white-ball bowlers will be bowing out. During his tenure, it will be remembered that he raised the bar with his accuracy for bowling Yorkers and his unique penchant for the game. He gracefully featured in the World Cup 2019 having batted several injuries and fitness woes. At the showpiece event, he gave a stunning performance with his 4 for 43, which is also regarded as one of the finest bowling performances ever. While blowing the competition wide open, making teams scramble for the knockout spots till the end of the league game, he also managed to stun the eventual World Champions, England, in a low-scoring chase.
All the best Malinga for a great future from Cricdost!
Receive more interesting news, updates and live scores on your smartphones, download CricDost app now!