Lasith Malinga retires from T20s to close out playing career

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Lasith Malinga, who has a claim to being men's cricket's greatest T20 bowler, has officially called time on the last format he had not retired in.

It was always likely Malinga's playing career was over after he stopped being picked for the Sri Lanka side, while he also withdrew from several franchise tournaments, including the IPL.

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Malinga announced his decision via his new Youtube channel, in which he had been analysing Sri Lanka's limited-overs performances over the past few weeks.

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"Today I decided I want to give 100% rest to my T20 bowling shoes," he said. "I want to thank each and every one who supported me and blessed me throughout my T20 journey."

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Malinga went on to thank the officials and teammates of all the major teams he has been a part of, from the Sri Lanka national side, to Mumbai Indians, Melbourne Stars, and various other sides from around the world.

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Recognised almost as much for his blonde-tipped curls, as his unique round-arm action, Malinga claimed 107 T20 international wickets, and maintained an economy rate of 7.42 across 83 bowling innings.

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He was an integral part of the Sri Lanka men's team's T20 success at the turn of the last decade. Malinga was leader of Sri Lanka's attack in the 2009 and 2012 T20 World Cups

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Although he didn't pick up hard-ball cricket until relatively late in his teens, Malinga was discovered by Sri Lanka fast bowling coaches Anusha Samaranayake and Champaka Ramanayaka

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