Shoaib Malik
Twitter bids farewell to Shoaib Malik after retiring from ODIs

Twitter paid tribute to Pakistan’s all-rounder Shoaib Malik as he confirmed his retirement from one-day cricket after the victory over Bangladesh on Friday.

The 37-year-old was dropped from the playing XI after scoring 8 runs in 3 matches at the World Cup. He did not play the final group match on Friday, 5 July, but came on to the field as Pakistan registered their fourth win on the trot.

Malik will continue to play the Twenty20 format, but he admitted it was an emotional moment to call time on his ODI career.

“I am retiring from one-day cricket,” said Malik. “I’m sad as I’m leaving the format I loved the most but this will allow me to spend more time with my family and concentrate on the Twenty20 World Cup next year,” he added.

Shortly after his retirement announcement #ThankyouMalik became the top trend on Twitter as his teammates, celebrities and fans took to twitter and wished him luck for the future.

Indian Tennis star and Malik’s wife Sania Mirza took to Twitter reacting to Shoaib Malik’s retirement.

“Every story has an end, but in life every ending is a new beginning. You (Shoaib) have proudly played for your country for 20 years and you continue to do so with so much honour and humility. Izhaan and I are so proud of everything you have achieved,” she wrote on her Twitter handle.

The veteran all-rounder said he was disheartened to finish on a low note.

“Yes, I wanted to help my team win the World Cup as a senior but at times things don’t go the way you think and that’s part and parcel of cricket,” he said.

“You don’t judge a player on two or three matches, but I am still happy that the player who replaced me performed well,” Malik said of Haris Sohail, who replaced him and played responsible innings against South Africa and New Zealand.

“I am satisfied with my ODI career and winning the Champions Trophy has been the highlight of my ODI career,” he added of Pakistan’s victory in England two years ago.

Malik has represented Pakistan in 287 one-day internationals and scored 7,534 runs with nine hundreds.