Sri Lankan cricket team’s veteran fast bowler, Lasith Malinga, has officially announced his retirement from international cricket. The 33-year-old made this decision following the conclusion of the ongoing international cricket series. Malinga, who began his international career in 2004, has been an integral part of the Sri Lankan cricket team for nearly two decades.
Throughout his illustrious career, Malinga has achieved numerous milestones. He has scored 2088 runs in 44 Test matches, 3194 runs in 127 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and 291 runs in 26 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Notably, Malinga made his Test debut against India in 2010 and played a crucial role in Sri Lanka’s victory in the 2014 Asia Cup and the 2014 T20 World Cup.
Malinga captained the Sri Lankan team in 5 ODIs and has been a prominent figure in Sri Lankan cricket. However, in the past year, he has struggled to secure a place in the national team. With this retirement announcement, Malinga expressed his gratitude to the Sri Lankan cricket board, coaches, teammates, psychologists, and researchers for their support throughout his career.
Paragraph 4 Malinga also took to Instagram to thank his fans and followers. In his post, he stated, “I have given my best as a warrior and tried my utmost for the game. I have represented my country with pride and dedication. This decision is tough, and I cannot disclose the reasons behind it. I am grateful to all the supporters, coaches, teammates, and well-wishers who have been with me throughout this incredible journey.”
As Malinga bids farewell to international cricket, the Sri Lankan cricket team is currently playing a two-match Test series against Pakistan. After winning the first Test, Sri Lanka leads the series 1-0. The second and final Test match is set to begin in Colombo today, and it marks the end of an era for Malinga and his illustrious career.
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