Kumar Sangakkara sends message to Lasith Malinga after he retires from cricket

Kumar Sangakkara has congratulated Lasith Malinga on an ‘awesome’ career and described his former Sri Lanka teammate as a ‘legend’ after he announced his retirement from cricket at the age of 38.

Malinga, known for his slingy bowling action and devastating ability to bowl yorkers, took a record 107 wickets in 84 T20 internationals and captained Sri Lanka to the T20 World in 2014.

He is still the only bowler to take three hat-tricks in ODI cricket and the only man to claim four wickets in four balls on two occasions in international cricket.

Malinga, who retired from Test cricket in 2011 and ODIs in 2019, finishes his extraordinary career with 434 international wickets and more than 1,000 domestic scalps.

In a video on social media, Malinga said: ‘Today I decided I want to give 100% rest to my bowling shoes. I want to thank each and every one who supported me and blessed me throughout my T20 journey.

‘I’ve had many experiences throughout my career, and I want to share all of my experience in the future, especially with young cricketers.’

Following Malinga’s announcement, Sangakkarra said: ‘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!’

Fellow Sri Lanka legend Mahela Jayawardene added: ‘From the time I first faced you in the Galle nets as a 18-year-old net bowler to the Curly coloured hair icon, you have left us with amazing memories.

‘Fantastic teammate… wishing you all the very best my friend and thank you!’

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