Today is the day when Sri Lankan star bowler Lasith Malinga is going to retire after 1st ODI against Bangladesh.
Sri Lankan team’s Legendary and most distinctive bowler Lasith Malinga will play his career’s last ODI match against Bangladesh.
Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne has confirmed the same on Monday to the reporters. The skipper said, “He is going to play the first match. After that, he is retiring. That’s what he said to me. I don’t know what he said for the selectors, but for me, he said he is playing only one match.”
The 35-year-old Malinga is currently the 3rd highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket for Sri Lankan with 335 wickets in 219 innings, where Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399) are on the first and second place respectively.
During the recent World Cup 2019, Malinga took 13 wickets in 7 innings. Malinga is the only bowler to who has taken three hat-tricks in ODI cricket including two hat-tricks in World Cup (2007 vs South Africa, 2011 vs Kenya).
In 2004, he debuted against the United Arab Emirates. Malinga has played a total of 225 games and his abnormal slinging bowling action and ability to bowl accurate Yorkers made him a dangerous bowler in the limited-overs cricket.
Malinga is the third most wicket-taker in Cricket World Cup, taking 56 wickets in 29 innings. Australian legend Glenn McGrath and Sri Lankan veteran master spinners Muttiah Muralitharan are respectively in first and second place with its 71 and 68 wickets.
The right-arm pace-man Malinga quitted the Test match in 2011. Now after today’s match, he will say goodbye to his ODI career, but he will continue to play in the T20 format.