Former Nepal captain Gyanendra Malla announced retirement from international cricket on Friday, August 4. The Nepal cricketer took to Twitter to announce his decision in an elaborated message.
Having made his international debut in 2014, Malla in his message wrote, “With a heavy hear but deeply grateful heart, I feel it is now the right time to announce my leave from International Cricket. This sacred game, that has been the essence of my existence - from playing locally to playing at the National level - has taught me invaluable lessons about life, determination, and the power of unity.”
He also thanked his teammates, coaches and support staff for being a family and playing an instrumental role in shaping his career. Adding further, he also said that isn’t a farewell but a new chapter in his journey. “This isn’t a farewell; it’s a new chapter in my journey. A journey where I will continue to be a staunch supporter of the sport, a witness to its evolution, and a proud flag-bearer of the country I love dearly."
Malla in his illustrious career, he has led Nepal in ten ODIs, winning six of them. Whereas in T20Is, he led his side to nine wins out of the 12 matches. Malla has amassed 876 runs in 50-over format, which includes seven half-centuries. His highest score in the format (75) came in 2022 against Namibia. In his T20I career, he has scored 883 runs at a strike rate of 120.29, scoring one century and two half-centuries.