Lasith Malinga retires, Mumbai Indians hail former Sri Lankan pacer

Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. Sri Lankan legend ended his 17-year career that began in 2004. Malinga had already retired from the Test format in 2011 and the ODI in 2019. Lasith Malinga had bagged 546 international wickets for Sri Lanka in all three formats.

The Sri Lankan pacer is the most successful bowler in international T20 cricket and leads with 107 wickets. Former Sri Lankan T20 skipper is also the highest wicket-taker in IPL. Lasith Malinga, known for his menacing Yorkers is the first to complete a century of scalps in the shortest format of cricket.

Lasith Malinga shared a post stating that he wants to give 100 percent rest to his T20 bowling shoes. He thanked Sri Lankan cricket board and his team members. Malinga said a special thanks to Mumbai Indians cricket team, who trusted him the most and gave opportunities to prove him as the world’s best. Malinga added that he wants to share his experience with young cricketers.

Malinga is a bowling legend in IPL with highest wickets in the tournament’s history. He scalped 170 wickets in 122 matches for Mumbai Indians. Malinga was a part of the Mumbai Indians team that won 4 IPL title. He contributed a lot with his pace attack and won the Champions League T20 titles in 2011 and 2013.

Mumbai Indians paid a glorious tribute to Lasith Malinga. Mumbai Indians posted on Instagram that Mali had achieved everything in T20s, from crushing batsmen’s toes to getting lifted on the shoulders. The chants of MA-LIN-GAA repeated several times as an echo around the Wankhede Stadium whenever he had the ball in his hands for Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians thanked Malinga for all the memories.

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