Sri Lanka speedster and limited-overs captain, Lasith Malinga is all set to hang his boots post T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be played in Australia 2020. Malinga, who has been in the scheme of things ever since he worked on his fitness and personally having a good time with the ball.
“After the World Cup, my cricketing career is ending,” Malinga said after his side lost the second Twenty20 International against South Africa by 16 runs. “I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career.”
Malinga, 35, is a limited-overs great for Sri Lanka, picking up 322 wickets from 218 one-day internationals – including four in four balls against South Africa in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2007 – and 97 in 72 T20Is with his unique bowling action.
That is, one short of the record for most wickets in men's T20Is, currently held by Shahid Afridi.
Injuries have affected his career, and several times in the past he's considered hanging up his boots. But having been handed the reigns of the side again, he appears keen to sign off on a high.
His first focus is the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. While there is no confirmation if the selectors will persist with him as skipper for the World Cup, especially after the team's poor performance in South Africa where they were swept 5-0, Malinga is putting himself in the best place for selection.
This remains to be seen how well he is able to perform in the upcoming twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). For Mumbai Indians, the schedule kicks off against the Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on March 24.