Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Asia Cup 2018
Lasith Malinga with Jasprit Bumrah (Credits - AFP)

Jasprit Bumrah paid tribute to veteran Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga after the latter played his last game in World Cup on Saturday. Malinga’s glorious journey in World Cup came to an end on a disappointing note as Sri Lanka lost to India by seven wickets. It was a forgettable outing for Lasith Malinga as he conceded 82 runs in his ten overs while picking up one wicket.

The camaraderie between Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah dates a long way back. It was the year 2013 when Jasprit Bumrah first met Malinga after Mumbai Indians roped him. Malinga was one of the best bowlers in the world at that time and Bumrah made sure to learn the tricks of fast-bowling from him. Bumrah has now become one of the best pacers in the world and Malinga has played a big role in his development.

Also Read: If We Play Well We Can Beat Anyone, Says Virat Kohli

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Credits: Twitter)

And with Malinga’s international career now on the verge of coming to an end, Jasprit Bumrah paid a glowing tribute to him. After the game, Bumrah took to Twitter to post a selfie of himself and Malinga with the caption:

“An honour to play with you and an honour to play against you! LEGEND ?”

Talking about the game, India thrashed Sri Lanka by seven wickets to finish their league stage on a strong note. Asked to ball first, India started brilliantly. They had Sri Lanka reeling at 55 for 4. However, a century from Angelo Mathews and a fifty from Lahiru Thirimanne helped Sri Lanka recover and post a challenging total of 264 for 7. For India, Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers, picking up 3 for 37 off his ten overs.

The score then turned out to be too less in the end for India as they chased it down inside 44 overs by losing just four wicket. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul starred with the bat by scoring centuries. While Rohit Sharma scored 103, Rahul scored 111. The two added 189 runs for the first wicket to all but seal the game for India. Sri Lanka did manage to dismiss them but the damage was already done.

Rishabh Pant failed to get going but Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 34 and Hardik Pandya made sure that India reach the finishing line with ease. Speaking at the end of the match, Virat Kohli said he was proud of his team’s performance. At the same time, he said that there is still some room for improvement.