Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga introduced his retirement from all types of cricket on Tuesday. The quick bowler was recognized for his potential to bowl devastating yorkers, virtually at will, crushing batsmen’s toes and sending the stumps flying. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday took to Instagram to share a tribute to the “Yorker King”. The video exhibits a montage of Malinga’s finest yorkers, delivered with that iconic slinging motion. “King of the Yorker,” ICC captioned its video for the right-hand pacer.
“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.
His worldwide teammate Kumar Sangakkara led the tribute for 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 previous Sri Lanka captain tweeted.
“Mali, you have been a champion cricketer. Well done on your wonderful career. Best wishes ahead,” tweeted Rohit Sharma, who was his captain at Mumbai Indians.
“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, who was additionally Malinga’s MI teammate.
Congrats on an superior profession. Your contribution to Sri Lanka and world cricket will stand forever. Been such a pleasure enjoying with you. All the easiest in what you determine to do from now. So a lot information to offer. Legend !!! https://t.co/iuvu3pI9ip
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) September 14, 2021
— ICC (@ICC) September 14, 2021
Mali, you might have been a champion cricketer. Well carried out in your great profession. Best needs forward @ninety9sl https://t.co/fDGOg1ZBT7
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) September 14, 2021
Congratulations on an illustrious profession, Mali and all the easiest for every thing the long run holds. It was a pleasure enjoying alongside you. https://t.co/8dkjndMgQ2
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) September 14, 2021
Malinga performed in 226 ODIs, 84 T20 Internationals (T20Is) and 30 Tests for Sri Lanka. While he picked 101 wickets within the longest format of the sport, he has 338 scalps in ODIs and 107 in T20Is.
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