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To go long in cricket you have to be a match-winner: Lasith Malinga

“You have to be a match-winner” is the golden rule to survive in cricket said veteran Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga after playing his final ODI for his team in front of his home crowd, Colombo.

On Friday, Malinga brought an end to his illustrious ODI career with a wicket off the last ball he bowled in the first ODI of the three-match series against Bangladesh. Sri Lanka won the match by 91 runs. Meanwhile, the bowling spearhead didn’t fail to impress and ended with 3 for 38 in 9.4 overs, passing Anil Kumble’s tally of wickets in the 50-over format.

Malinga finished with 338 wickets in 226 matches, finishing as the 9th highest wicket-taker in ODIs. He is Sri Lanka’s third highest wicket-taker in the format after Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399).

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