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Cricket fraternity hails yorker king Malinga following his retirement

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Slinger
Lasith
Malinga
announces
retirement
from
all
forms
of
cricket

The
Sri
Lanka
pace
veteran
on
Tuesday
announced
his
retirement
from
all
forms
of
cricket
after
terrorising
the
world’s
best
batsmen
for
over
a
decade
and
a
half
with
his
toe-crushing
yorkers
delivered
from
a
low
and
distinct
sling-arm
action.

A
white
ball
legend
in
his
own
right
and
one
of
the
greatest
T20
bowlers,
the
38-year-old
was
captain
of
Sri
Lanka’s
2014
T20
World
Cup
winning
team.
He
posted
a
message
on
his
social
media
account
announcing
his
decision.

Wishing
him
on
a
successful
career,
the
game’s
governing
body
ICC
wrote:
“Happy
retirement,
Yorker
King.”

Jasprit
Bumrah,
who
formed
a
formidable
pair
with
Malinga
for
the
IPL
team
Mumbai
Indians,
also
congratulated
him.
“Congratulations
on
an
illustrious
career,
Mali
and
all
the
very
best
for
everything
the
future
holds.
It
was
a
pleasure
playing
alongside
you,”
Bumrah
wrote.

During
his
12-year
stint
at
Mumbai
Indians,
he
was
part
of
MI’s
four
of
the
five
IPL
title
triumphs
but
had
opted
out
of
the
2020
tournament
due
to
personal
reasons
at
a
time
when
his
father
was
not
keeping
well.

Mumbai
Indians
thanked
him
for
all
the
good
memories:
“Popular
sounds
from
Mumbai:
Local
train
passing
by,
BEST
bus
horn,
Kali-pili
taxi
meter,
and
wankhade
buzzing
with
MA-LIN-GAAA.
Thank
you
Mali
for
all
the
memories!,”
it
wrote.

Malinga,
who
has
played
a
staggering
122
IPL
matches,
has
170
wickets
to
his
credit,
the
highest
in
the
cash-rich
league,
with
the
best
bowling
figures
of
5/13.
SunRisers
Hyderabad
also
bid
him
a
farewell.

“A
legend
bids
adieu
to
the
sport.
Congratulations
on
a
fabulous
career,
Lasith
Malinga!,”
the
franchise
tweeted.

Malinga,
who
took
a
total
of
546
wickets
across
all
formats
for
Sri
Lanka,
had
already
retired
from
Test
cricket
in
2011
and
after
that
from
ODIs
as
well
but
continued
to
play
T20Is
for
the
national
side.
He
wasn’t
named
in
Sri
Lanka’s
squad
for
upcoming
World
Cup.

Former
Sri
Lankan
skippers
and
his
teammates
Kumar
Sangakkara
and
Mahela
Jayawardene
too
praised
him
on
his
outstanding
career.
“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!!!,”
Sangakkara
tweeted.

Jayawardena
remembered
the
first
instance
when
he
had
faced
him
at
the
nets.
“Time
I
first
faced
you
in
the
Galle
nets
as
a
18
year
old
net
bowler
to
the
Curly
coloured
hair
icon
you
have
left
us
with
amazing
memories!!
Fantastic
team
mate..
wishing
you
all
the
very
best
my
friend
and
thank
you!!,”
he
wrote.

He
picked
up
107
wickets
in
84
T20
Internationals,
338
scalps
in
226
ODIs
and
101
wickets
in
30
Tests.
He
was
the
first
bowler
to
bag
100
T20I
wickets
and
finishes
fourth
in
the
highest
wicket-taker
category
in
the
list
behind
Dwayne
Bravo,
Imran
Tahir
and
Sunil
Narine.
The
Sri
Lanka
pacer
had
also
announced
his
retirement
from
franchise
cricket
in
January
this
year
after
being
released
by
Mumbai
Indians.

Former
Sri
Lankan
cricketer
Russel
Arnold
also
congratulated
him
on
his
amazing
career.
“Peththa.
How
unique
..
what
a
star
..
one
of
a
kind
on
and
off
the
field
..
Great
memories
.
Well
done
on
an
amazing
career
and
wish
you
well
in
retirement,”
he
wrote.

Left-handed
Indian
batsman
Abhinav
Mukund,
who
played
for
Chennai
Super
Kings
and
Royal
Challengers
Bangalore,
wrote:
“An
inspiration
to
anyone
taking
up
cricket
professionally
from
tennis
ball,his
unorthodox
style
redefined
#t20
bowling.

“Many
loved
his
death
bowling,
but
my
favourite
was
the
inswinging
yorker
with
the
new
ball.
Happy
retirement.”

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