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    Cricketer Shoaib Malik Bids Goodbye to One Day Int'l Cricket, Draws Good Wishes From India, Pakistan

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Feeling dejected since being dropped from an ongoing world cup match, Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik confirmed his retirement from One Day International Cricket on Twitter, just as Pakistan’s 2019 World Cup campaign ended in London.

    The 37-year-old called it a day, bringing an end to his 20-year career which comprised of 7,534 runs at an average of 34.55 in 287 matches.

    Malik, who did not get a chance to feature in Pakistan's final group-stage match against Bangladesh was given a ground walk and guard of honour by Pakistan’s cricketers in the Lord's stadium.

     

    ​The official Twitter handle of the Cricket World Cup also shared the video saying 'Pakistan gave Shoaib Malik a fitting send-off as he retired from ODI cricket'.

    ​Wishes came pouring in from both Indian and Pakistani fans on social media, including from teammates, but perhaps one of finest came from India's ace tennis star and his wife Sania Mirza who tweeted:

    Malik recently invited much criticism for his performance during the World Cup 2019 for scoring just 8 runs, including two ducks, in 3 matches. He was dropped from the team after Pakistan lost to India on June 16.

    Malik, in an interview to media, said he is disappointed that he is being judged for his performances in the World Cup.

    "I have no regrets. But it’s just that I have been too flexible in my batting order. I have batted wherever the team wanted. I have been dropped many times, I missed a few years of international cricket and have been around for 20 years," Malik said.

    "I am disappointed to be judged on two bad games here," the Pakistani cricketer added.

    Malik did not hide his disappointment about leaving the one-day cricket format but said this will allow him to spend more time with family, and concentrate on the Twenty20 world cup next year.

    His teammates shared some emotional messages on social media, reminiscing about the years spent with him.

     

    ​Malik’s fans were also full of praise and took to Twitter to express their feelings.

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