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Lasith Malinga Career Review

Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga
Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga
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Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga broke the news of his retirement from cricket on 14th September 2014. The 38-year-old fast bowler made the announcement on his YouTube channel, stating that the 17 years of experience he gained in the field will no longer be used in the cricket field. Despite not participating in the field, Malinga said he would continue to support the younger cricket generation and everyone who loves the game.

Many cricketers leave an indelible mark in a specific area of the sport that they become famous for. Lasith Malinga is one of those players who has left a mark in the sport. His announcement marked the end of a very successful and glorious career. Malinga is a notable bowler in T20 cricket. The celebrated fast bowler, who has enjoyed an interesting international career, decided to announce his exit ahead of the Indian Premier League. He had earlier expressed his decision to retire from test matches in 2011 and ODIs in 2019. Malinga has not only managed to remain relevant throughout his entire cricket career but has also managed to achieve more over the years. Malinga was the captain of the T20 World Cup winners in 2014. He is right-armed and widely recognized for his round-arm action which influenced his nickname “Slinga Malinga”.

Lasith Malinga’s Achievements

Malinga managed to become the 9th highest wicket taker in all of ODI cricket history. In 220 innings, he managed to get 338 wickets at an impressive average of 28.87. When it came to wicket taking, his prowess could be seen. Malinga’s strike rate was 32.3 and this has enabled him to become number 10 in 53 fast bowlers that managed to pick a minimum of 150 ODI wickets. Malinga has done better in this area than some of the greatest cricketers like Wasim Akram and Glenn McGrath.

Moreover, Malinga is the 3rd highest World Cup History wicket taker. The first one is Mcgrath with 71 and the second is Muttiah Muralitharan with 68. Malinga had a whopping 56 wickets. He got that in twenty-eight innings with an average of 22.87. Malinga led Sri Lanka to the finals in the 2007 as well as the 2011 World Cup. In 2007, Malinga got 18 wickets in eight matches at an average of 15.77. In 2011, he bagged 13 wickets in seven matches at an average of 20.76 which is an impressive feat. So if you think you know which test player can match these impressive feats, then check out online sports betting in the UK to back the next test player to reach the heights the way Malinga did.

The impressive former cricketer undoubtedly ended his career in style. At the time of his retirement, he had bagged 107 wickets in eighty-four matches at an average of 20.79. He managed to bag 170 wickets in 122 matches and an average of 19.79, making him the highest IPL wicket taker. Malinga’s strike rate was 16.6. He was a loyal cricketer to the Mumbai Indians and served them for over nine seasons. Some of the best figures Malinga managed to get were 4 overs, six runs, one maiden and five wickets. He achieved these bowling figures in 2019 in a match against New Zealand. They were the best figures in his T201 career.

Malinga is also the 2nd wicket taker in WT20 cricket. He got 38 wickets in thirty-one innings at a strike rate of 16.2. Lasith Malinga has bowled over 10, 508 balls and bagged 322 wickets. He conceded 9, 349 runs. His average was 29.03.

Lasith Malinga is known for many record-breaking achievements in his career. For instance, Malinga is the only bowler to take 4 wickets in 4 consecutive balls two times. He did that in international matches in a South African 2007 ODI and against New Zealand in a 2019 T20. The cricket legend will surely be missed on the field.