It’s a no doubt why Lasith Malinga is regarded as one of the greatest bowlers of the century. His unorthodox action and perfect yorker length bowling with perfect pace makes him stand apart from other bowlers. He belongs to that Sri Lankan team which indeed was one of the best teams that the country had and Malinga being their prime weapon to intimidate the opposition. The day has come when this lion departs from his cricket career and will hopefully surface with new positions.
Yorker King Ends His Spell
The 38-year-old legend was the captain of Sri Lanka’s 2014 T20 World Cup winning team. He posted a message on his social media account announcing his decision.
“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,” said Malinga. “I want to give 100 per cent rest to my T20 bowling shoes. While my shoes will rest, my love for the game will never ask for rest.
As soon as this news came out, fans and stars remembered some of his finest knocks and contribution to world cricket. In Fact Malinga was the star bowler for Mumbai Indians in IPL and had secured them crucial wins in the league.
Twitter Erupts With Love
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
From crushing batsmen's toes to getting lifted on shoulders, Mali achieved everything in T20s. 🙌🔥
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 14, 2021
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 !!! https://t.co/iuvu3pI9ip
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) September 14, 2021
— ICC (@ICC) September 14, 2021
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 #lasithmalinga!#Legend #Yorkers #Retirement
— Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) September 14, 2021
Yorkers in the @CricViz database (all formats & since 2006)
Lasith Malinga 2034
Mitchell Starc 1217
Dwayne Bravo 1118
Tim Southee 976
Trent Boult 782
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) September 14, 2021
Lasith Malinga has retired. He is one of the greatest white ball cricketers, the best yorker bowler in history & one of the game's most iconic players. Malinga's unique round-arm action gave him an advantage with bowling yorkers. This is an extract from Cricket 2.0. pic.twitter.com/o01PrEcS8t
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) September 14, 2021
Best of luck in your retirement Lasith Malinga, some amazing battles over the years 👊 pic.twitter.com/qCMu4ZXKnu
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) September 14, 2021
One of the greatest white-ball cricketers bids goodbye to the game. Will never forget Malinga practising yorkers with that shoe kept on the pitch in the nets. What a bowler… pic.twitter.com/iK02xYnL03
— Ashish Magotra (@clutchplay) September 14, 2021
A legend bids adieu to the sport. Congratulations on a fabulous career, Lasith Malinga! 🧡 https://t.co/fTRj9KlV6x
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 14, 2021
Thank you for all the wonderful memories, Mali 🙌
We all know the stats but the impact you have had on Cricket shall stay on forever 💛
— North Stand Gang – Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) September 14, 2021
Remember watching this live. SA required just 4 runs from 32 with 5 wickets in hand.
Malinga single handedly turned the match into a crazy thriller. Incredible to think that he did 4 in 4 once again in International Cricket.
Go well, Mali ! https://t.co/hEen6Ahv8c
— Vipul (@Sporty_Baba) September 14, 2021
🔹Most men's T20I wickets of all-time
🔹2014 World T20 winning captain
🔹3 ODI hat-tricks
🔹2 T20I hat-tricks
🔹Most wickets in IPL history
🔹IPL champion x4
🔹One of the most recognisable actions of all time
Lasith Malinga, an all-time white-ball great, retires today. pic.twitter.com/wbjO1Htb0s
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) September 14, 2021