Sri Lanka fast bowling ace Lasith Malinga will retire from 50-over internationals after Friday's first match against Bangladesh in Colombo, the 35-year-old has said.
The Sri Lankan star Kulasekara made his last appearance in worldwide cricket format in 2017 when he performed exceptionally well for his side against Zimbabwe in exciting One Day global (ODI) series at Hambantota.
After Lasith Malinga's retirement from ODIs, another Sri Lanka fast bowler, Nuwan Kulasekara, has made a decision to call time on worldwide cricket with immediate effect, as per Sri Lanka media reports. Kulasekara hadn't played competitive cricket at the senior level since March 2018 during which he played List-A cricket. With his ability to move the ball off the seam and generate reverse-swing the ball, Kulasekara became one of the significant members of the Sri Lankan team alongside Lasith Malinga.
Malinga was named in the 22-man Sri Lanka squad for the series with matches scheduled for July 26, 28 and 31 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Not only this, Kulasekara also played total 58 T20Is in which he managed to take 66 wickets.
"I hope to be able to take Sri Lanka to the next T20 World Cup", he said. In four overs, he conceded 29 runs, dismissed Yuvraj Singh and kept India to just 130.
Nuwan Kulasekara played 21 Tests and picked 48.
He was Sri Lanka's highest wicket-taker at the World Cup, claiming 13 scalps in seven innings.
He was the No. 1 ODI bowlers in the ICC Rankings in 2008, a year after his debut in World Cup.
Apart from bowling, he was good with the bat as well in the lower order for Sri Lanka.
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