Lasith Malinga is Going to Play His Last ODI
Siri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga will retire from ODI cricket after the first match of a three-match series against Bangladesh, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne announced at a press conference on Monday.
“Malinga is going to play the first game. After that, he retires. That is what he told me. I don’t know what he said to the selectors, but for me, he said he only played one game,” Karunaratne told AFP. Bangladesh’s three ODIs in Sri Lanka are scheduled for July 26, 28 and 31 at Colombo’s Premadasa Stadium.
Malinga, a Veteran of Sri Lanka since his debut in 2004, will retire from the ODI format as the country’s third-biggest wicket-taker, with 335 wickets in 219 innings to date. Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399) are the only Sri Lankans to have taken more wickets than Malinga in the OIDs.
The slangy pacer was also Sri Lanka’s biggest wicket catcher at the recent World Cup, winning 13 wickets in seven innings. Malinga retired from Test cricket in 2011 but has remained available in other formats ever since. The 35-year-old speedster will continue to play the T20I for Sri Lanka. “I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then finish my career,” he said earlier this year.