Sri Lanka’s veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga will continue to play the T20 cricket even after retiring from the One Day Internationals. Malinga has clarified that the first One Dayer against Bangladesh is going to be his swansong performance in the 50-overs performance. The experienced player asked his fans to come in numbers to see him in action for the final time in One-Day format.
Meanwhile, Lasith Malinga had a good World Cup in England. Malinga scalped 13 wickets in the seven matches of the World Cup and he was by a distant Sri Lanka’s best bowler. The veteran fast bowler has bowled with great success and it has been a great career for Malinga.
Malinga has his eyes set on T20 format.
“Friday will be the last day you will see me playing an ODI match,” Malinga said. “If you can, please come for the match.”
Malinga is hopeful that he play for Sri Lanka in the next T20 World Cup which will take place in Australia. The experienced campaigner has bowled with aplomb in the shortest format and he would aim to deliver the goods.
“I hope to be able to take Sri Lanka to the next T20 World Cup,” he said.
“I hope I will have an opportunity to play in that tournament, but if there are better players than me, I don’t mind being left out.”
Lasith Malinga has had a glorious career in the 50-overs version. The fast bowler has scalped 335 wickets in the 225 One Day Internationals. In fact, only Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas have more wickets than Malinga for Sri Lanka. Malinga will play his final ODI when he will take the field at R. Premadasa Stadium on 26th July.
Meanwhile, Malinga’s retirement was first confirmed by Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne. Malinga has served his country for a long time and he would aim to end his career on a high.