Lasith Malinga or the “Salinga” is Sri Lanka’s third-highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket. After the dismal performance by Sri Lanka in the World cup 2019, 36-year-old veteran faced a fair share of criticism and rumors about his retirement. But now it looks like Lasith Malinga is going to play his last ODI match.
Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne told the press that Malinga is to retire from ODI cricket after playing the first game against Bangladesh from a three-match series. First SRI vs BAN scheduled on 26th-July at Premadasa will be Malinga’s last match said the SL captain.
The captain further said upon a question from the press regarding confirmation of the news that “ he has no idea what Malinga said to the selection board but this is what he has told the team and he will play out the first match against Bangladesh as a farewell match”.
Malinga has already retired from the rest cricket way back in 2011 however, was a part of shorter formats SL squad. Malinga has 335 ODI scalps to his name and he is just behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas.
Lasith Malanga Stats and Figures.
A fiery quick with a distinctive action, Lasith Malinga has been terrorising opposition batsmen since making his international debut in July 2004. Prior to his national selection, Malinga had been building his reputation as a damaging fast bowler on the domestic circuit. He went on to cement his place in the national side and the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup was a standout for Malinga who finished with 18 wickets including hauls of 3-10, 3-27 and 4-54. He fared well in his second World Cup appearance in 2011, taking the second of his three ODI hat-tricks against Kenya during the tournament. Malinga retired from Test matches in 2011 in order to prolong his limited-overs career and in August 2011 he became the first player to take three ODI hat-tricks.
He is the only bowler to have taken four wickets in four balls.
Test Debut date : 01/07/2004
ODI Debut date : 17/07/2004
T20 Debut date : 15/06/2006
Age : 38 years 20 days
Role : Bowler
Height : N/A
Batting Style : Right Hand
Bowling Style : Right Arm Fast-Med
Team Played For : N/A