Veteran Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga made his final World Cup appearance against India at Leeds on Saturday. It was not a fairytale ending for him as his team could not sign off with a win as the Men In Blue registered a convincing seven-wicket win. The 35-year-old could also not make an impact with individual performance as he could only manage a single wicket of KL Rahul by giving away 82 runs in his 10 overs at an economy rate of 8.20.
As Malinga is done with his World Cup career, three Indian players who are also the speedster's Mumbai Indians team-mates came forward to hail the champion player on social media. They were the quickie's old friends, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.
Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma took to Twitter and called Malinga a 'Champion Player'. Sharma also shared an image of the duo in Mumbai Indians colours.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya came forward and addressed Malinga as a 'Legend'. He also wrote that the veteran cricketer was always smiling and always inspiring.
Top-ranked ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah was full of respect for Lasith Malinga. Bumrah wrote that it was an honour for him to have played with the legendary fast bowler and at the same time, he was also honoured to have played against him.
Malinga has represented Sri Lanka in four World Cups (2007, 2011, 2015 & 2019). He has taken two hat-tricks in the quadrennial event. One was in the 2007 edition where he had taken four wickets off four consecutive deliveries against South Africa. He then took his second hat-trick against Kenya in 2011. He is also the third highest wicket-taker in the history of the showpiece event behind Glenn Mcgrath and Muttiah Muralitharan.
Apart from these achievements, the pacer was also a part of the Sri Lankan squad that had finished as the runners-up in the 2007 and 2011 editions.