Sri Lanka secured an emphatic 91-run victory over Bangladesh in speedster Lasith Malinga's farewell game on July 26 at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. The pacer's three scalps for 38 runs in 9.4 overs saw the islanders clinching a clinical win over the Tigers, and a perfect farewell for Malinga as he wrapped up the game for Sri Lanka with a wicket off the penultimate ball of his spell.
Former Mumbai Indians teammate and ICC Hall of Famer Sachin Tendulkar bid farewell to Lasith Malinga. The Master Blaster congratulated the speedster for a spectacular one-day career and wished him the best for his future. The two played together for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians since the conception of the league in 2008. While the 'Little Master' went on to retire from the IPL and become the mentor for Mumbai Indians, Lasith Malinga still continues to play for the side as a senior bowler. Malinga along with Tendulkar is largely accredited for spotting Jasprit Bumrah and nurturing other young bowling talents in the team over the past years.
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Indian commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle also congratulated the speedster for a fabulous career and called him the torchbearer of the unorthodox type of bowling.
The veteran pacer is widely known for his brutal pace attack along with the deadly swings and toe-crushers that leaves batsman lurching on their crease, with the ball often going on to crash on to the stumps. Malinga is distinctly remembered for his four-wicket haul in four balls against South Africa in 2007 that saw Sri Lanka make a comeback from the verge of losing to win the match.
He is the third-highest wicket-taker in the limited-overs format for Sri Lanka after Muttiah Muralidharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399).
The right-arm pacer had retired from the Test format in 2011 following which he made himself available for just the limited-overs format. Malinga was also the highest wicket-taker for the island side in the 2019 World Cup with 13 scalps from seven games.
Malinga completed his ODI career with three scalps from his farewell match against Bangladesh, taking his tally to 338 wickets in the limited-overs format.