Sri Lanka’s veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga stated that he is very happy to leave at this stage of the career. Malinga has been a huge servant of Sri Lanka and the first One Day International against Bangladesh will be his swansong in the 50-overs format. Subsequently, Malinga urged the future generation of Sri Lankan cricketers to prove themselves at the topmost level.

Meanwhile, Lasith Malinga has his eyes set on the next T20I World Cup in 2020 which will take place in Australia. Malinga has shown the interest to continue to play the shortest format and he has been a massive servant of Sri Lankan cricket.

 

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga. Reuters

Malinga did a fine job for Sri Lanka.

“I am very happy to leave at that time. This is an opportunity for new players to prove themselves and prepare for the next World Cup,” Malinga, 35, told reporters Thursday at the team’s final training session.

“We may have had some setbacks, but we have the capability to win another World Cup,” he added.

Meanwhile, Lasith Malinga believes that young players need to have the belief that they can deliver the goods. Malinga said the players need to work hard for their success and have dedicated plans.

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“The young players need to believe that they can deliver. They need to be dedicated and develop to a level that they can decide for themselves when they go to the middle,” Malinga said.

Meanwhile, Malinga has had an illustrious career for Sri Lanka as he has done a fine job for the team. The talisman fast bowler has scalped 335 wickets in the 225 One Day Internationals and he will play his final ODI against Bangladesh at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on 26th July. Only Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas are the two Sri Lankan bowlers who have taken more wickets than Malinga.

Lasith Malinga was the pick of the Sri Lanka bowlers in the World Cup as he had claimed 13 wickets in the seven matches of the tournament.