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Malinga had already retired from Test (2011) and ODI (2019) cricket. The 38-year-old announced his T20 retirement on social media to end his decorated 17-year career.
Apart from his exploits in the shorter forms of international cricket, Malinga is also an IPL legend and the most successful bowler in the tournaments history with 170 wickets for Mumbai Indians.
He won 4 IPL trophies (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) and two Champions League T20 titles in 2011 and 2013.
"From crushing batsmens toes to getting lifted on shoulders, Mali achieved everything in T20s. As he announces his retirement from T20 cricket, we just have three words to say - Thank you Malinga," MI posted on Instagram.
From crushing batsmens toes to getting lifted on shoulders, Mali achieved everything in T20s. ??— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 14, 2021
As he announces his retirement from T20 cricket, we just have three words to say - ?????. ???. ???????. ?#OneFamily #MumbaiIndians @ninety9sl pic.twitter.com/5HWV4Tj5zS
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Such was his popularity in Mumbai that the chants of MA-LIN-GAA reverberated around the Wankhede Stadium whenever he had the cricket ball in his hands for MI.
"Popular sounds from Mumbai: Local train passing by, BEST bus horn, Kali-pili taxi meter and Wankhede buzzing with MA - LIN - GAAAA," MI wrote in another post.
Popular sounds from Mumbai:— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 14, 2021
?Local train passing by
?BEST bus horn
?Kali-pili taxi meter
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Thank you Mali for all the memories! ? https://t.co/is0hyXpF2q
A fearsome pacer known for his menacing yorkers, Malinga is still the leading wicket-taker in the shortest format of international cricket and the first to complete a century of scalps in T20Is.
Malinga captained the Sri Lankan T20 team to victory in the 2014 World Cup and is the only bowler to have taken 4 wickets in 4 balls in a row on two occasions in international cricket. Malinga is also the only bowler to take 3 ODI hat-tricks and two in T20I cricket.