Veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, on Tuesday, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. His toe-crushing yorkers have become a legend of the game of cricket and his distinct sling-arm remains forever etched.
Considered one of the greatest T20 bowlers, the 38-year-old was the captain of Sri Lanka's 2014 T20 World Cup-winning team.
"Hanging up my T20 shoes and retiring from all forms of cricket! Thankful to all those who supported me in my journey, and looking forward to sharing my experience with young cricketers in the years to come," Malinga tweeted.
"I want to give 100% rest to my T20 bowling shoes. While my shoes will rest, my love for the game will never ask for rest," a smiling Malinga added in the video.
Malinga last played a T20I match for Sri Lanka in March 2020 against West Indies in Pallekele.
Malinga has a total of 546 wickets across all formats for Sri Lanka and had retired from Test cricket and ODIs in 2011 but continued to play the T20Is for the national side.
He wasn't named in Sri Lanka's squad for the upcoming World Cup.
Last year, he had expressed his desire to lead Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup, which was originally scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November 2020 but will be held next month after a COVID-forced postponement.
"I am looking forward to help youngsters and guide them in the coming years," he said as he thanked his national team.
In 84 T20Is, he has 107 wickets under his belt and 338 wickets in 226 ODIs and 101 wickets in 30 Tests.
He was the first bowler to bag 100 T20I wickets and finishes fourth in the highest wicket-taker category in the list behind Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir and Sunil Narine.
"The experience that I have gained through the past 17 years will no longer be needed in the field since I have decided to retire from T20I Cricket marking my retirement from all formats of cricket," said Malinga in a video on his YouTube channel.
Malinga also picked up three hat-tricks in ODI cricket, with his performance against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies etched in history.