On Tuesday the 38 years old Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. He is one of the greatest cricketers in the history of Sri Lankan cricket. The Rathgama express has already announced his retirement from two formats of cricket and on Tuesday he also retires from T20 cricket. So, in 2011 he makes his test retirement to prolong his career. Therefore, in 2019 after his World cup campaign with Sri Lanka, he made his ODI cricket retirement announcement.
He finished his one day International with a good nod by taking 3 wickets in his four overs in the match against Bangladesh. He is known worldwide for his yorker and slower deliveries that deceive and frustrate batsmen alike. The Yorker king has started his cricketing career in 2001 at the age of 17 years. During his 19 years of cricketing career, the Sri Lankan pacer has several numbers of records in his international as well as in domestic cricket.
Several records and facts of Lasith Malinga in his cricketing career.
1. Hat tricks
The Yorker King is the number one hat trick taker in the cricket world. As he has 3 hat tricks in one day of International. Out of his three hat tricks, two have come in the world cup campaign which is also one of the unique records of Malinga. Therefore, in total Mali has 4 International hat tricks along with veteran Wasim Akram.
2. Wicket Hauls
The Rathgama Express has another unique record in his book of taking 4 wickets in 4 balls on two different occasions. The 38 years old veteran is the only bowler in international cricket to hold this record. Malinga took the 4 wickets in 4 balls first time in 2007 during the World Cup match against South Africa. Secondly, the Rathgama Express again shows why he is one of the best pacers in the world. By taking 4 wickets for the second time in the T20 match against New Zealand.
3. Batting record
The Speed King also holds a record in batting other than his bowling records in International cricket. Malinga is the only Sri Lankan player to have the highest score while batting at no 10 positions. And he is also the only no 10 batsman to score half-centuries for Sri Lanka.
4. Strike Rate
Lasith Malinga also holds the record of best strike rate after veteran Ajantha Mendis. The yorker king has a bowling strike rate of 32.4 and Ajantha Mendis has 27.33.
5. World Cup
Another record by Sri Lankan legend pacer Lasith Malinga is the third most wicket-takers in the history of World cup cricket. He has 56 wickets in his name from 2worldsld of up matches which are the third highest wickets. Therefore, the highest number of wickets in the world cup is taken by legend Glenn McGrath with 71 wickets. And he was followed by one of the greatest spinners Muttiah Muralidharan with 68 wickets. Despite being the third-highest wicket-taker, he is also the fastest one to reach 50 wickets in the one-day cricket world cup in just 26 innings.
6. Most Wickets
After the third-highest wickets in the world cup, Lasith Malinga is also again the third-highest wicket-taker in the history of Sri Lanka in ODI cricket. And he comes after Sri Lankan legend bowler Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas. So, Muttiah has 523 wickets in ODI, while Chaminda has 399 wickets and Malinga has 338 wickets in ODI cricket. However, in his last world cup campaign, Malinga took the highest number of wickets (13) for Sri Lanka.
Apart from his several international records the veteran pacer also mark his greatness with his bowling. In one of the best domestic tournaments in IPL. So, by taking 170 wickets in his 122 matches for Mumbai Indians. He becomes the highest wicket-takers in the history of IPL.
Some facts of Lasith Malinga
1. Malinga’s right arm tattoo displays the date of his debut in the test cricket for his national side Sri Lanka. And it also displays when he ended his 2007 tour against South Africa by taking four wickets in four balls.
2. Lasith Malinga is known not only for his unconventional actions but also for his curly colour-coated hair, tattoos and piercings. Barbados Magazine named him the sexiest cricketer of the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007.
3. The 38 years old veteran Sri Lankan cricketer has started playing cricket on the beach near his village. During his game, the former Sri Lankan pacer noticed his unique action, and he was invited to join the Galle cricket club by Champaka Ramanayake. However, the encouragement and support of Ramanayake were present in key moments in Malinga’s youth.
4. During his 30 test match career the Yorker King has taken more than 100 wickets and even he also has a half-century in his name. While in his 226 ODI matches Malinga has taken around 338 wickets. However, in t20 cricket he played around 84 matches where Malinga took 107 wickets for Sri Lanka.