The end of an era – Twitter reacts to Lasith Malinga’s retirement


The champion fast bowler from Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga, announced his retirement from the shortest format of the game on Tuesday, 14th September, marking the end of his career in International Cricket.

Malinga had already retired from Test (2011) and One-dayers (2019). The stalwarts of the game from all over the world tweeted praises and congratulations on a spectacular career which was unique by all means.

The very first among them were the Sri Lankan greats, Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara.

Jayawardena reminisced his memories of meeting Malinga for the first time while Sangakkara said “Your contribution to Sri Lanka and world cricket will stand for all time.”

Mahela Jayawardena

Kumar Sangakkara

Former Sri Lankan fast bowling great Chaminda Vaas also congratulated this special speedster.

A few other former and present cricketers who played alongside this legendary cricketer took it as an opportunity to praise an extraordinary career that unfolded in their presence.

Farveez Maharoof

Upul Tharanga

Dhammika Prasad

Angelo Mathews

Malinga was a keen advocate of the game. He loved passing whatever knowledge he had gained on the game to the next generation. And a few such youngsters who were lucky enough to have played under Malinga too thanked him for his services to the nation.

Dasun Shanaka

Avishka Fernando

Dinesh Chandimal

Lahiru Thririmanne

The slinga was a prominent figure in the IPL and that made him a household name in the 1.3 billion-populated country. Several Indian cricketers too wrote wishes for this T20 specialist, most of them were his teammates at Mumbai Indians.

Rohit Sharma

Dinesh Karthik

Jasprit Bumrah

Surya Kumar Yadav

Suresh Raina

R Ashwin

Abhinav Mukund

Dhawal Kulkarni

“What a remarkable career.” A few masterminds of the sport too tweeted their admiration.

AB de Villiers

Tom Moody

Anil Kumble

Of course, Mumbai Indians did not forget to congratulate their favourite star. They went all out on twitter!

To add the icing on the cake a few media personel too posted a few words of appreciation for Malinga.

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Vithushan Ehantharajah

Harsha Bhogle

These were all just a few words which surfaced on twitter, but we all know everyone who saw Malinga bowl would have uttered a few words of appreciation when they heard of his retirement. One word would have been unanimous among all of them, “Legend.”