Two weeks after South African fast-bowling great Dale Steyn hung up his spikes, Sri Lankan legend and T20 god Lasith 'Slinger' Malinga has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Malinga posted a tweet accompanied by a YouTube clip displaying some of his famous scalps announcing he was retiring from the game on Tuesday.
Hanging up my #T20 shoes and #retiring from all forms of cricket! Thankful to all those who supported me in my journey, and looking forward to sharing my experience with young cricketers in the years to come.https://t.co/JgGWhETRwm #LasithMalinga #Ninety9— Lasith Malinga (@ninety9sl) September 14, 2021
The 38-year-old from Galle gained world renown as one of the most feared T20 and ODI bowlers on the international circuit with his low-flying, fizzing deliveries that often caught batsmen unawares.
His curly mop with blonde streaks was unmistakable on the pitch, but his in-swinging yorkers were unhittable, especially at the death.
Malinga retires after playing 30 Tests for Sri Lanka (101 wickets), 226 ODIs (338) and 84 T20Is (107) in an international career that started in a Test against Australia in Darwin in 2004.
He put down the white ball as the cricketer with the most T20 wickets in the format and inspired Sri Lanka to their 2014 T20 World Cup victory in Bangladesh, where they beat India in the final.
He last played for Sri Lanka in a T20 against the West Indies in Pallekele in March last year.