Sri Lanka bowling legend Lasith Malinga has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. The speedster was known for his ability to bowl accurate yorkers, which is known for crushing batsmen’s toes and sending the stumps flying as well.
However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday took to Instagram and shared a tribute to one of the best in the business. The video shows a lot of Malinga’s best yorkers in his iconic action. “King of the Yorker,” ICC captioned the video for the pace bowler.
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“Hanging up my #T20 shoes and #retiring from all forms of cricket! Thankful to all those who supported me in my journey, and looking forward to sharing my experience with young cricketers in the years to come,” the 38-year-old had tweeted on Tuesday a swell.
His Sri Lanka teammate Kumar Sangakkara shared the tribute for Lasith Malinga. “Congrats on an awesome career. Your contribution to Sri Lanka and world cricket will stand for all time. Been such a pleasure playing with you. All the very best in what you decide to do from now. So much knowledge to give. Legend,” the former Sri Lanka captain tweeted.
“Mali, you have been a champion cricketer. Well done on your wonderful career. Best wishes ahead,” tweeted Rohit Sharma, who both played for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
“Congratulations on an illustrious career, Mali and all the very best for everything the future holds. It was a pleasure playing alongside you,” wrote Jasprit Bumrah, his Mumbai Indians teammate.
However, Lasith Malinga has played in 226 ODIs, 84 T20 Internationals (T20Is) and 30 Tests for Sri Lanka. While he claimed 101 wickets in the Test format of the game, he has 338 wickets in ODIs and 107 in T20Is as well.
— ICC (@ICC) September 14, 2021
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) September 14, 2021
Congratulations on an illustrious career, Mali and all the very best for everything the future holds. It was a pleasure playing alongside you. https://t.co/8dkjndMgQ2
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) September 14, 2021