COLOMBO: Fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to victory at the 2014 Twenty20 World Cup, on Tuesday quit T20 internationals to complete his retirement as a player.
The 38-year-old, one of the most successful limited over bowlers of all time with his distinctive sling action, said he would now devote himself to supporting the next generation of cricketers.
Malinga, who was dropped for Sri Lanka s current T20 series against South Africa, had been considering giving up since leading the team when it lost 2-0 to India in January last year. “I have decided to retire from T20I cricket marking my retirement from all formats of cricket,” he said on his Facebook page.
“But, I will be continuously supporting the younger generations,” he added. “While my shoes will rest, my love for the game will never ask for rest.”
Malinga has been a top attraction at the Indian Premier League and other limited overs tournaments around the world.
His greatest moment, however, was leading Sri Lanka to the T20 World Cup title in Bangladesh in 2014.