With this declaration, his worldwide vocation reaches a conclusion as he had effectively resigned from Tests and ODIs. Malinga last played a T20I match for Sri Lanka in March 2020 against West Indies in Pallekele. He took an aggregate of 546 wickets across all arrangements for Sri Lanka.
In January 2021, he had resigned from establishment cricket after Mumbai Indians delivered him. He had educated the IPL group about his choice to throw in the towel.
“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,” Malinga tweeted.
Last year, he had expressed his desire to lead Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup, which was originally scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November 2020 but will be held next month after a COVID-forced postponement.
“I am looking forward to help youngsters and guide them in the coming years,” he said as he thanked his national team and all the franchises that he has played for, including IPL team Mumbai Indians.
“I want to give 100 percent rest to my T20 shoes. While my shoes will rest, my love for the game will never ask for rest,” a smiling Malinga added in the video.
A fearsome pacer known for his menacing yorkers, the leading wicket-taker in T20I also has two T20I hat-tricks to his name.
Malinga also picked up three hat-tricks in ODI cricket, with his performance against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies etched in history.
“Today is a very special day for me,” he said.
“I want to thank each and everyone who supported me throughout my T20 journey. I want to thank the Sri Lankan cricket board and team members. And the Mumbai Indians cricket team, especially the team owners and officials.
“I would also like to thank the team members and staff at Melbourne Stars, Kent, Rangpur Riders, Kayana Warriors, Maratha Arabians, and Montero Tigers. When I played with you all, I got many experiences through my cricketing journey.”
Malinga has been a piece of 83 T20Is for Sri Lanka in which he got 107 wickets, his best exhibition being 5 for 6. He likewise addressed Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 122 matches, helping the group win various prizes. Altogether, he took 170 wickets in the association.
Probably his proudest accomplishment for Sri Lanka has been winning the World T20 in 2014 as a skipper. After Dinesh Chandimal was expelled as skipper in the center of the mission, Malinga assumed liability and took the group to the title.