Lasith Malinga Overtakes Anil Kumble In His Retirement Match, Finishes ODI Career As 9th Highest Wicket-Taker
Lasith Malinga played the last ODI of his international career yesterday against Bangladesh. The Sri Lankan legend bowed out of the game as third-highest wicket-taker in this format for his country and in his last match, he created a record by overtaking Anil Kumble in the list of highest wicket-takers in ODIs (overall).
Malinga scalped three wickets in his retirement match and the moment Thisara Perera caught Mustafizur Rahman off his bowling, Malinga went past Anil Kumble to become the ninth highest wicket-taker in this format.
Before the start of the game, the Sri Lankan legend had 335 wickets in his account and was 10th on the list. The list is topped by another Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan who scalped 534 wickets in 350 ODIs. He also sits at the top in the list of most wickets in Tests with 800 scalps.
Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis sit next to with 502 and 416 wickets respectively in ODIs. Chaminda Vaas and Shahid Afridi sit fourth and fifth with 400 and 395 respectively and following them is Shaun Pollock, who has 393 wickets in his account.
Australian duo Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee are just above Malinga with 381 and 380 wickets respectively. Malinga comes next and following him is former India Test captain Anil Kumble, who scalped 337 wickets in 271 ODIs.
Known for his toe-crushing yorkers, Malinga made his ODI debut against UAE in 2004. He played four World Cups. At one stage, there were doubts whether he would be part of 2019 World Cup but he made himself available to play domestic cricket to be in fray for World Cup 2019.
Just before the World Cup, he was replaced as the captain of the side with Dimuth Karunaratne replacing him in the job due to Sri Lanka’s 2-0 win in Test series against South Africa.
Malinga will continue to play T20I cricket for Sri Lanka and is expected to play both 2020 and 2021 T20 World Cup. Under Malinga, Sri Lanka won T20 World Cup in 2014 where he led his side in the final, replacing Dinesh Chandimal.
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