Former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from 50-over cricket on Friday, following Pakistan's 94-run victory over Bangladesh at Lord's in London. It was the last round-robin match for both teams at the World Cup and neither progressed to the semi-finals, meaning their respective campaigns were over.
Wife Sania Mirza took to her Twitter handle and wrote a heartfelt note for husband and cricketer. She said that she and her son Izhaan are 'proud of everything' that he has achieved and for 'who he is'. Read her full tweet below -
Actor Riteish Deshmukh too congratulated Shoaib Malik for his 'great career'. Read his tweet below -
Shoaib on announcing his reitrement said: "Hello everyone. As I mentioned in my previous interviews wherever I've given interviews that I'm going to retire, right after the World Cup and today was our last game. And I'm retiring from ODI cricket. And... I had planned this for a few years ago to retire on the last Pakistan World Cup match. I'm sad that I will be leaving a format of cricket I once loved but happy that I'll have more time to spend with my family. This will also allow me to focus on T20s. I would like to thank some of the most important people whose support and backing helped me through these 20 years of international cricket. Starting with the players, I share dressing rooms with. All the coaches I have (played) under, my friends and family, the media, my sponsors, the Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Sports Board. But most importantly my fans who I love you all. Thank you."
The Pakistan batsman on his pride in his one-day international career said: "I think if you go through the whole thing, sometimes you come out with a performance, sometimes you don't. But of course it's a big platform. And expectations were high. But you don't perform, that's part of life. But I think life never stops. And I'm pretty satisfied with my ODI career."
(With inputs from AP)