Lasith Malinga to retire after the 1st ODI against Bangladesh at Colombo

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Lasith Malinga Retirement News – The Sri Lankan Legend, Lasith Malinga will bid adieu to international cricket after Sri Lanka plays their first One Day International against Bangladesh in Colombo. Malinga has been a great servant to the Sri Lankan Cricket. He is a champion bowler which Sri Lanka will surely miss. Malinga, known for his unorthodox bowling action is the best white-ball bowler that Sri Lanka has ever produced. He is known for his brilliant Yorkers. He also holds credit for teaching the deadly Yorkers to India’s pace bowler, Jasprit Bumrah.

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Lasith Malinga Retirement News

Malinga grew up in a coastal village obsessed with cricket, called Rathgama. In his childhood, he often played cricket on the sandbanks and coconut groves by the side of the river. He started his cricket career at Vidhyaloka College in Galle. Later, when he went to class XI, Malinga went to Mahindra College, which was a turning point for his career. He got some help there from the distinguished old boys. He made a short attempt to change Malinga’s action but, that reduced the pace and his accuracy. He was helped out and encouraged by Ramanayake to continue his old action. This action of Malinga was a great comment. His delivery action was the same as ‘’slinging’’ so he was called ‘’SlingaMalinga’’ and this name is still popular to mention him.

Lasith Malinga Retirement News

On 1st August 2004, Lasith made his test debut against a mighty Australian side at Marrara Oval. And this young guy impressed everyone when he took a 6 wicket haul for his debut. A special moment for Malinga also came when Adam Gilchrist presented a match stump to Malinga in the Sri Lankan dressing room. Then, Malinga became a regular member of the Test and ODI side. He troubled many great batsmen with his deadly Yorkers and with his well-directed bouncers. He also helped Sri Lanka in drawing the test series when the Lankans toured to the Kiwi nation in 2006 and 2007. Later, he announced his retirement from test cricket. His last test match was against India in 2010.

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Lasith Malinga played 30 test matches and picked up 101 with a bowling average of 33.16. He also had 3 fifers to his name. His best performance in a test match is 5 wickets for 50 runs. In the One Day Internationals, he was considered to be the best. Malinga made his ODI debut in the 2004 Asia Cup against the United Emirates. He took just one wicket in that match and since then he is a regular member of the ODI setup of Sri Lanka. Malinga became the first player to take the wickets on the first four balls of an ODI match. He did it against South Africa in the ODI World Cup of 2007. Malinga’s second hattrick came against Kenya in the 2011 world cup. He became the only bowler to take 2 world cup hattricks.

Lasith Malinga Retirement News

Malinga was the best death bowler for his country. He is still considered a doyen of death bowling. His economy rate in the last few overs is 5.32, no other cricketer other than Malinga has this record. Malinga has made a mark for himself by bowling some tough overs in One Day International cricket. He is the tenth highest wicket-taker and third on the list with Murlidharan and Vaas. Malinga’s strike is the best amongst the 37 players who have 200 wickets and he is the 9th player to end his career with the most number of wickets. He made his name due to his skills in death overs bowling. He is one death over specialist! The variation of his deliveries like Yorkers, fast Yorkers, slow Yorkers, change of pace and slower bouncers are his weapons which he uses when it is needed the most.

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Malinga wasn’t a permanent feature in Sri Lanka’s ODI setup for almost two years. He got his chance in the 2006 series against England, where Sri Lanka was whitewashed. He picked up 13 wickets for Sri Lanka and since then he never looked back. He took the perfect responsibility from Chaminda Vaas, who was at the end of his career and after Vaas’s retirement, Malinga became the leader of the Lankan pace attack. Despite missing 15 months in ODI cricket, Malinga was the highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka. He took 267 wickets from March 2008 to June 2009. His performance was too good on the England tour of 2006 and 2012. He picked up 160 wickets from just 96 games. He was only 5 behind Mitchell Johnson. He was the absolute tough bowler to face in the death overs. He picked up the most wickets from the overs of 41 to 50 and had an economy of 6.08 in those overs which batsmen looked to maximize.

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Even though Malinga wasn’t at his best but still he picked up 116 wickets from the year 2012 to 2015 world cups. He was the highest wicket-taker in this period as well and was a threat to the batsmen as well. After the 2015 world cup, his performance went down. He was selected in only 20 ODI matches and picked up only 18 wickets from them. He wasn’t that effective in death overs also. In the death overs too, he picked up just 4 wickets from 11 games. The year 2017 was a bad one for him and Sri Lanka both. Zimbabwe won the series against Sri Lanka earlier that year and India whitewashed Sri Lanka across all the formats in Sri Lanka.

Lasith Malinga Retirement News

Malinga was sidelined for a few years and then was given a chance in the Asia Cup in 2018. Malinga picked up 34 wickets from 21 ODI matches. That also includes his match-winning performances against England and Afghanistan in the world cup 2019. Malinga picked up 4 crucial wickets to upset the champions, England. In Malinga’s heydays, he was the lethal weapon which Sri Lanka had. The World Cup 2007 and 2011 are prime examples of that. Due to his brilliant performance, Sri Lanka reached the finals of those two tournaments. He took 56 wickets from 29 world cup matches. He is the 3rd highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in world cups. Malinga is the leading wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in all four world cups. He also has two hattricks in world cup matches.

Lasith Malinga Retirement News

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The match figures 6 wickets for 38 runs is Malinga’s best match figures in ODI cricket. That came in his second world cup hattrick in the 2011 world cup against Kenya. He was also the second-highest wicket-taker in the Champions Trophy and the Asia Cup. Malinga has taken 25 wickets in the Champions Trophy and 29 wickets in the Asia Cup. Malinga struggled only against India. He took only 44 wickets in 40 games against the men in blue. But against other countries like England, Pakistan, and Australia he took 48 wickets.

Lasith Malinga Retirement News

Only MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have been successful against Malinga. Virat scored 225 runs with two dismissals and MSD has scored 233 runs with 3 dismissals. Shane Watson has been out to Malinga 6 times from 109 deliveries. Malinga scored his only 50 plus score in ODIs. That came when Sri Lanka was struggling at 107 for 8. That was when Mathews and Malinga added 132 to the run stand which allowed Sri Lanka to win the match against Australia at MCG. Lasith Malinga made his ODI debut in 2004 and now he is set to retire after Sri Lanka’s first ODI against Bangladesh. He has played 225 ODIs for Sri Lanka and has picked up 561 wickets to his name. His bowling average in the 50 over format was 29.02. He has had 8 fifers in ODI cricket which is the 4th best along with Waqar Younis, Murlidharan, Shahid Afridi and Brett Lee.

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Lasith Malinga was the captain when Sri Lanka won the World T20 in 2014. He is the highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in the shortest format also. He has taken 96 wickets. Bue to his continuous injuries Malinga stepped down from the captaincy of T20I cricket. In 2017 Malinga took a T20I hat-trick against Bangladesh. He became the fifth bowler to take a T20I hat-trick. He made his T20 International debut in 2006 against England and played his last T20 International match against South Africa in 2019. Malinga has played 73 T20I matches where he has picked up 97 wickets to his name. His bowling average was 19.70 and he also had a five-wicket haul. Malinga’s contribution to the Indian Premier League is as well. He is an integral part of the 4-time champion side, Mumbai Indians. He is the leading wicket-taker in the IPL too.

Lasith Malinga Retirement News

He has taken 28 wickets in the 4th season of the IPL. Which is the most by any bowler and that’s why he was also awarded the Purple cap. Malinga has been instrumental in many wins for the MI side. In 2011 too, Malinga was on top. He was the highest wicket-taker for MI in the CLT20 league. He was awarded the player of the tournament award for that. Malinga also holds the record of picking up 170 wickets in the IPL tournament which are the highest number of wickets for that cash-rich tournament.

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