Veteran Sri Lankan pacemaker Lasith Malinga announced his retirement from the shortest format of the men’s competition on Tuesday.
Malinga posted a message on social media while announcing his decision. He also posted a video on his YouTube channel showing a compilation of his wickets in the T20s.
‘I hung up my # T20 shoes and retired from all forms of cricket! Thank you to everyone who supported me on my journey, and look forward to sharing my experience with young cricketers in the years to come. ” he captioned the video.
The 38-year-old also shows his gratitude to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and thanks his franchise teams.
‘May the triple jewel bless you all!
Sri Lanka Cricket
Guyana Amazon Warriors
Montreal Tigers. ”
Hang me up # T20 shoes and #retire of all kinds of cricket! Thanks to everyone who supported me on my journey, and look forward to sharing my experience with young cricketers in the years to come.https://t.co/JgGWhETRwm #LasithMalinga # Ninety9
– Lasith Malinga (@ ninety9sl) 14 September 2021
Malinga told his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) that he wanted to retire from franchise cricket this year; therefore, he was not kept in the group for the 14th IPL season.
To congratulate Malinga on his wonderful career, MI wrote in their congratulatory message on social media:
‘From the crushing of the batsmen to being lifted on the shoulders, Mali achieved everything in the T20s.
As he announces his retirement from T20 cricket, we have only three words to say – 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤. 𝐘𝐨𝐮. 𝐌𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐚. ”
From crushing the batsmen’s toes to being lifted on their shoulders, Mali achieved everything in the T20. 🙌🔥
– Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 14 September 2021
Malinga is the highest wicketkeeper in the history of IPL. Amit Mishra, the second highest wicketkeeper, has 166 scales to his name and is still four wickets behind the ‘yorker king’.
Malinga is also still the highest wicketkeeper in T20 matches, with 107 wickets. Allrounder in Bangladesh Shakib-Al-Hasan is one wicket behind him.