New Delhi [India], Sept. 14 (ANI): Former Sri Lankan skippers Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene praised compatriot Lasith Malinga after the fast bowler announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday.
Malinga retired from T20I cricket to end a glorious international career. The Sri Lankan point guard last played for Sri Lanka in the T20Is in March 2020. He retired from trial cricket in 2011.
Malinga had led Sri Lanka to the 2014 T20 World Cup and was a key cog in the team’s bowling wheel, having won three hat tricks at ODI cricket.
Sangakkara said Malinga’s contribution to Sri Lanka and world cricket will last forever.
“Congratulations on an awesome career. Your contribution to Sri Lanka and to world cricket will go forever. I have been such a pleasure to play with you. All the best in whatever you decide to do from now on. So much knowledge to give. Caption, “Sangakkara tweeted.
Jayawardene recalled the first time he faced Malinga in a net and said the quick pitcher left everyone with “amazing” memories.
“The time I first faced you in the Galle Nets as an 18 year old pitcher with the curly hair icon, you left us with amazing memories !! Fantastic teammate .. wish you all best my friend and thank you !! ”Jayawardene tweeted.
Known for his toe-crushing Yorkers, Malinga has pulled out 4 wickets of 4 consecutive balls twice in international cricket.
The Sri Lankan point guard played 30 tryouts, 226 ODIs and 84 T20Is, taking 546 wickets. (ANI)