Lasith Malinga ‘the Yorker king’ retires from ODI cricket. Twitter reactions inside:

Lasith Malinga
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The slinging action of Lasith Malinga was always a fear in batsmen

The Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga has retired from the ODI cricket in style by taking a wicket of the last ball of career. Yorker King who was always in control of his bowling throughout his career said goodbye to ODI Cricket within the completion of World Cup 2019. Sri Lankan players bid farewell to the bowling legend by giving his guard of honour.

The Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga finished his career with a wicket on his last ball

Lasith Malinga in his last match took 3 wickets for 38 runs in 9.4 overs. The veteran pace bowler helped his team win in his last game against Bangladesh by 91 runs. He rattled the Bangladeshi batsmen in the first spell which they never recovered.

 In his 226 match ODI career, he took 338 wickets which included 3 ODI hat-ricks. He is the only bowler to take three hat-ricks in ODI cricket. The unorthodox bowler was always difficult to play because of his low-arm action and pinpoint Yorkers.  After the inception of T20 cricket and innovation in batting, bowlers also developed new balls. Lasith Malinga developed slower balls which became lethal combinations with his unconventional bowling style.

Malinga is vastly popular in India due to IPL

Malinga is one of the most popular foreign bowlers in India. His impact in the Mumbai Indians team and unique hairstyle made him a local player in Mumbai and other parts of the country. He is the third most wicket-taker in Sri Lankan history in ODI cricket. Muttiah Muralidharan (534) and Chaminda Vaas (400) are the other two who have taken more wickets than the slinging action fast bowler. He is also the ninth highest wicket-taker overall in ODI cricket.

Cricket legends came forward on Twitter and supported the legendary bowler on his wonderful career. Here are some reactions:

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