Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga bid adieu to One Day International (ODI) cricket by taking a wicket off his final delivery to help his side register a 91-run victory over Bangladesh at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday.
After Malinga called it a day from the 50-overs format, one of his old friends and Mumbai Indians team-mate, Yuvraj Singh, came forward to congratulate the pacer on a glorious journey.
Yuvi took to Twitter and addressed the speedster as the 'Yorker King' and reminded him that there will never be another toe crusher like him again. The former all-rounder then wished Malinga good luck for his future endeavours.
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Malinga had announced his decision to hang up his boots after Sri Lanka's first match against Bangladesh. The 35-year-old had made his ODI debut way back in 2004 and since then has represented the island nation in 226 matches in the last 15 years and picked up 338 wickets which is the ninth highest in the world and third highest for Sri Lanka in the shorter format of the game.
The veteran pacer is the only bowler to take two World Cup hat-tricks. One was in 2007 against South Africa where he scalped four wickets in four deliveries and the other one was against Kenya in the 2011 edition. Sri Lanka ended as the runners-up in both these editions.
The fast bowler had retired from Test cricket way back in 2010. It was in 2004 when he had started his Test career. In his six-year career, Malinga played 30 matches and picked up 101 wickets in the game's longest format.
When the cricketing fraternity is congratulating a star pacer on an illustrious ODI career, how could the fans lag behind? Even they came forward to thank the 35-year-old for all the memorable moments.