Lasith Malinga To Retire From ODIs After 1st ODI Against Bangladesh
Sri Lanka bowling legend Lasith Malinga is all set to bring down curtain on his ODI career as he be will retiring from 50-over cricket after playing the first ODI of the series against Bangladesh on Friday. The news was confirmed by Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who talked about it few days prior to the start of the series.
Malinga was a part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad where he scalped 13 wickets. Before the World Cup, there were doubts on his place but he kept his spot in the side by performing coming up with performances in domestic cricket.
Malinga kept himself in the fray for selection by flying from India to Sri Lanka just after playing an IPL game. However, he lost the captaincy of Sri Lankan cricket team for World Cup.
He was the one to lead Sri Lanka in South Africa but Karunarante’s success in the Test series not only saw him make his comeback to ODI side after four years, but also leading the team in the quadrennial event.
Malinga will retire 226 ODIs alongside his name. He has scalped 335 wickets so far with best figures of 38/6. In total, he has played 289 List A matches in which he has 443 wickets.
He is expected to play the T20I cricket till T20 World Cup that takes place next year. Malinga had already retired from the longest format of the game in 2011, but his last first-class appearance came in the year 2017.
Sri Lanka host Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series. All the three ODIs will be played in Colombo on July 26, 28 and 31 respectively. The visitors will be missing out on the services of their star player Shakib-al-Hasan. Bangladesh’s Test captain was rested for the series.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka named as many as 22 players for the series and it remains to be seen how many will make it to the 15-member squad.
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