Lasith Malinga retired from One Day Cricket on Friday bringing an end to his wonderful career. He took a wicket off his last ball which took him past Anil Kumble's tally of 337 wickets.
Malinga said that younger bowlers will need to stand up and be match winners. "I tried my best all through my career. I hope all the young bowlers do this as well. Because just surviving in cricket, I don't think anyone can go far. You have to be a match-winner," Malinga said at the presentation ceremony.
"All the pressure games, must win games, all have to the same things - the basic. That means what's your wicket taking length. You have to bowl every ball to your wicket taking length. That means every ball must hit the stump. Then you have three opportunities but when you are bowling back of a length you have just one opportunity. That's the thing I thought before the match," he said.
He also talked about his yorker preparation.
"When I am practicing my yorker deliveries I plan my session in just a manner that the only thing that I will bowl is the yorker, and the same goes with my slower and other deliveries as well."
"If you can bowl, bat or field then you have talent but converting that talent into skill is all that matters and executing that skill consistently can only brings success and probably that is the reason I feel hard work and patience is key behind turning out as Lasith Malinga."
Malinga retired in front of his home crowd and fans turned up in huge numbers to support him. "I've played the last 15 years for Sri Lanka. Really an honour to play and really happy to play for these people and for all the crowd that's been behind me. I feel this is the time I have to move on because we have to build for the 2023 World Cup and that's why I realised, okay, my time is up, I have to go," he said.