Lasith Malinga’s franchise cricket journey comes to an end

Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga, who belongs to Sri-Lanka, is a right-arm fast bowler with a side-arm action which he is famous for. The curly hair and the unique bowling action are two things that always come to people’s minds when they think of him. Death bowling especially in limited-overs cricket is his specialty.

He has been a key player in franchise cricket and IPL. Malinga started his IPL career in 2008. Since then he has switched between numerous teams. Malinga made a mark in the league after he became the leading bowler in terms of wicket-taking ability. His brilliant performances in 2010, 2011, and 2014 earned him a place in Cricinfo’s IPL XI.

Lasith Malinga had already retired from international cricket in 2019 (Photo: Getty Images)

Due to his overall record, he was also named in Cricinfo’s overall IPL XI. He was also able to get hold of the purple cap award (most wickets) in IPL season four. In 2017 he had been bestowed the duty of being a mentor for Mumbai Indians but in 2019 he was picked again and asked to resume his role as a bowler.

Missed the first six matches of IPL 2019 but was later available and proved instrumental for his team. Got a wicket on the last ball in the final where two runs were needed making Mumbai Indians win the title.

On 20th January 2020, Malinga announced retirement from franchise cricket meaning he won’t be able to continue his journey of IPL or any other league for that matter.

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