Lasith Malinga is retiring from ODI cricket after the first game in the best-of-3 series against Bangladesh.
Sri Lankan ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne has confirmed that legendary cricketer Lasith Malinga will bid farewell to international cricket after the 1st ODI of the series against Bangladesh at home.
The 35-year-old Malinga is retiring from one-day international cricket after the first game in the best-of-three series, which starts Friday.
Malinga has taken 335 wickets in 225 ODIs and has been one of the most distinctive fast bowlers.
The most fitting farewell for retiring paceman Lasith Malinga will be to win the series-opening limited-overs international against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said Thursday.
Malinga will continue playing in the Twenty20 format.
Mainly we want to focus about winning the match. That’s the best thing we can give for him. We will try to give him the best farewell in this first one-day, Karunaratne said.
Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal said even though Malinga’s achievements and legacy are phenomenal, his lineup will play hard to prevent a Sri Lanka victory in the fast bowler’s last ODI.
Lasith Malinga has been great ambassador of the game. He is one cricketer that a lot of young children after watching him have started playing cricket, Tamim said.
Malinga has three hat tricks in ODIs, including four wickets in consecutive deliveries in a World Cup game against South Africa in 2007.
Lasith Malinga had been a long-time servant of Sri Lankan cricket. He will finish as the 3rd highset wicket-taker in ODIs for Sri Lanka. Malinga was also the highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in World Cup 2019.
Malinga is currently the 3rd highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket for Sri Lanka with 335 wickets in 219 innings with only Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399) above him on the list.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have played in 45 one-day internationals, with Sri Lanka winning 36 matches against Bangladesh’s seven.
Tamim leads Bangladesh in the absence of injured captain Mashrafe Mortaza. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and opener Liton Das have taken breaks.