Sri Lankan T20 Skipper Lasith Malinga hinted about his retirement plans in a press conference prior to the series against India. The veteran fast bowler from Island has been one of the best bowlers in limited over cricket.
He is the highest wicket-taker in T20 internationals claiming 106 scalps in 79 appearances. He has been an asset in the limited overs cricket for Sri Lanka ever since his debut. He took 338 wickets in 226 appearances in ODI cricket. He is also the only bowler to take 100 wickets in T20 internationals.
“I’ve already retired from Tests, and ODIs. Now whatever is required for SL cricket. If they say it’s enough for me now then I’ll be really happy to retire from T20s also. My only target is to play qualifying round in the T20 World Cup. If Sri Lanka qualify for the knockouts, I would never mind retiring any time after that. In this format, the key is to win the situations and bowlers can win you the matches,” quoted Malinga on the eve of the match.
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On the eve of the match Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga, who also won Sri Lanka T20 World Cup in 2014 under his captaincy, made it very clear that in the twilight of his career he wants his team to make at least till knockout stages in the upcoming World T20. He also stressed that after which he will hang up his boots without any regret.
Malinga retired from the red ball cricket in 2011 to focus on white ball cricket and lengthen his career. He also took retirement from ODIs after the Cricket World Cup last year.
FYI, the speedster is known for his toe cruising and in-swinging Yorkers that can nip out even the best with their speed and accuracy. In his prime, it was very difficult to pick him because of his ability to bowl disguising slower balls with ample variations.