Malinga to quit ODI cricket after first match against Bangladesh of 3 ODIs on July 26 after the first match of the three-ODI series against Bangladesh,The three ODIs Bangladesh will play in Sri Lanka are scheduled for July 26, 28 and 31 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Sri Lankan captain Karunaratne told at a press conference in Colombo on Monday.
The 35-year-old fast bowler has played 225 ODIs for Sri Lanka, having claimed 335 wickets at an impressive average of 29.Only Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399) have taken more wickets than Malinga in ODIs for Sri Lanka. it will took a long time for Sri Lankan cricket to fill his Gap.
His international career has been interrupted by injuries. He even took a one-year break from all forms of international cricket in 2016.
The former captain was still Sri Lanka‘s most successful bowler at the recent World Cup in England with 13 wickets from seven outings to finish third in the list of most successful bowlers in the history of the World Cup with 56 wickets.
Since his 2004 debut against United Arab Emirates, Malinga has been a consistent bowler in limited overs cricket with his ability to execute toe-crushing Yorkers at will, especially in the death overs.
One of his best moment in ODI career has been a match against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies. The right-arm fast-bowler took four wickets in four balls against South Africa but South Africa somehow managed to get overcome the line and won that match by one wicket.
He would like to continue T20Is for Sri Lanka. “I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career,” the 35-year-old had said earlier this year.