I am mentally done with international cricket, mulls retirement: Malinga

Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga bowls during their fourth one-day international cricket match against India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Vastavam web: Sri Lanka speedster Lasith Malinga has hinted at possible retirement, saying that he is mentally done with international cricket now that his eventful IPL career is over.The Sri Lankan has been the core of Mumbai Indians winning combination in the last decade. He has donned the prestigious Mumbai Indians jersey in 110 matches of the 157 games the franchise has played so far.”I have not spoken to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) but once I go back I will have to again go through domestic grind, see how my body responds. But now as my IPL career is also over and I am starting a new chapter with Mumbai Indians, I might not play again,” he added.

Malinga knows it would be tough not to play in front of a capacity Wankhede Stadium crowd wearing the Mumbai Indians blue jersey but admitted that in his heart he knew that his time was up.The Sri Lankan slinger said he is looking forward to the new chapter of his life as a mentor.”I am 34-years-old and not getting any younger. And I feel this is the right time to make a career move. Mumbai Indians had the mentorship role in mind and I am happy to start a new innings,” said Malinga, who has a record 331 T20 wickets across 248 games (international plus franchise).Malinga acknowledged the emergence of Jasprit Bumrah in Mumbai Indians outfit and said he is a fine prospect in the shortest format.

“Bumrah has emerged as a great death bowler. He has the skill sets which I also had bowling at the death overs under pressure. For that you need a different temperament as IPL is a high-pressure tournament,” he said.