New Delhi. Sri Lanka’s 38-year-old fast bowler Lasith Malinga retired from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. He informed the fans about his decision by sharing a message on social media. Malinga played international cricket for almost 17 years. But the journey till here was not easy for him. He was born in a very simple family. Father used to work in a bus depot in Galle city of Sri Lanka. In such a situation, it was not easy for him to play cricket. Whenever he got a chance, he used to go out to play cricket with a tennis ball on the seashore. During this, cricket coach Champak Ramanayake caught sight of him. Because Malinga’s action made was unique. After this, he started the work of polishing Malinga’s bowling and gradually he was able to play competitive cricket.
Malinga troubled big batsmen in international cricket with less than his yorker. Its foundation was laid at the same time when Malinga used to play cricket with a tennis ball. To make it more lethal, his initial coach Ramanayake did the work. Actually, to make Malinga’s yorker sharp, the coach used to put two shoes near the stumps and then asked Malinga to throw the ball at him for hours. On the strength of this penance, he later became the Yorker King.
Malinga made his Test debut in 2004
Initially, Malinga was sent with the team on the 2004 tour of Australia due to his speed. Then he took 6 wickets in a tour match. On the basis of this performance, he got a chance to make his Test debut. In that Test in Darwin, he dismissed batsmen like Adam Gilchrist and Darren Lehmann in the same over.
When a special request was made to the umpire due to Malinga’s action
The next year he toured New Zealand. An interesting incident happened on that tour, when the Kiwi players requested the umpire to change their pants due to Malinga’s action. Because he could not see the ball. This fast bowler got real success in limited overs cricket. He created panic in the 2007 World Cup against South Africa by taking 4 wickets in 4 balls. After this, he did not look back and in a career spanning 17 years, he created new stories of success in ODIs, T20s.
He made many such records, which will not be easy for any bowler to break. Let us tell you about 10 such big records of his.
Malinga has taken 4 wickets in 4 balls for 2 consecutive times in international cricket. He did this for the first time in the 2007 World Cup against South Africa and for the second time in the T20 match against New Zealand in 2019.
Malinga has taken hat-tricks 5 times in international cricket.
Malinga is the bowler with the most 3 hat-tricks in ODIs. The special thing is that he took 2 hat-tricks out of three in the World Cup.
He is also the highest wicket-taker in a T20 as a captain. He did this feat against New Zealand in September 2019. Then Malinga took 5 wickets for 6 runs in 4 overs.
Malinga was a great bowler, his hand in batting, the tighter he was. He holds the record of being dismissed for zero in 4 consecutive matches in ODIs.
Malinga has clean bowled the most 43 batsmen in T20. He has got 40 percent of the wickets of his T20 career clean bowled.
His record in IPL too has been unmatched. He has taken 170 wickets in the league.
Malinga has also taken five wickets once in IPL.
He has achieved the feat of taking 4 wickets in a match 6 times in IPL.
Sri Lanka has won the T20 World Cup once in 2014 and then the captain of the team was Lasith Malinga.
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