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.
— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) July 5, 2019
Congratulations @realshoaibmalik on your great odi career. You served your country for 20 long years and played great cricket which is commendable. Just like you served Pakistan in ODIs and Tests i hope you do wonders in T20I too. May your life shine ahead . Inshallah pic.twitter.com/zAkGRSIdsM
— Junaid khan 83 (@JunaidkhanREAL) July 5, 2019
Congratulations @realshoaibmalik on wonderful ODI career 👍🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 , As Team mate enjoyed ur company, True ambassador of Pakistan U r & as Fan of Pakistan Cricket would like to thank U for ur contributions in Pakistan Cricket , Good Luck for future Endeavours, Stay Blessed pic.twitter.com/BkaaxDbvKr
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) July 5, 2019
Congratulations @realshoaibmalik on a commendable ODI career spanning over a couple of decades. You’ve made your country proud with all you have achieved & are a true ambassador to the Nation. I’ve enjoyed the times we have played together & wish you all the very best
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 5, 2019
Dear brother @realshoaibmalik You have played marvellous cricket and your calm batting style will be remembered for the times to come . You have retired but you will always stay in our hearts as a legend. #ThankyouMalik
— Abrar Ul Haq (@AbrarUlHaqPK) July 5, 2019
As always @realshoaibmalik was graceful and dignified during his retirement speech. #ThankYouShoaibMalik for being an inspiration to so many specially the younger players and for all the winning moments over the last 20 years. pic.twitter.com/fmPbHSVQos
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) July 5, 2019
One of the best honour of my life is to play alongside you Alhumdullilah. You have been a great inspiration for all of us. Loved every bit of your glorious ODI career. Best of luck for your future life and career. @realshoaibmalik#ThankYouMalik pic.twitter.com/zWJ6FOALXK
— Rumman Raees (@rummanraees15) July 5, 2019
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) July 6, 2019
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.
‘Every story has an end, but in life every ending is a new beginning’ @realshoaibmalik 🙃 u have proudly played for your country for 20 years and u continue to do so with so much honour and humility..Izhaan and I are so proud of everything you have achieved but also for who u r❤️
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) July 5, 2019
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.