Rohit and his fellow opener KL Rahul smashed centuries as India registered a comfortable win against Sri Lanka ahead of their semi-final clash.
Malinga played his last one-day match as he had announced ahead of the tournament that he will retire after the World Cup.
The pacer has played a total of 225 ODI matches and 335 wickets and ended his World Cup career as the third-highest wicket-taker in history with 56 wickets behind Glenn Mcgrath and Muttiah Muralitharan.
During the post-match presentation, Rohit was full of praises for the legendary pacer, with whom he has played for Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
"He (Malinga) has been a champion bowler for Sri Lanka and then for Mumbai Indians. I have had a great time playing with him," said Rohit.
"He is definitely a match-winner. He has shown it over the years how the teams rely on him. I have seen him in close quarters and the cricket world will miss him," Rohit added.