Dilshan set to retire after Australia series- After the third ODI against Australia in Dambulla, Sri Lanka squad will miss one of its players. The island’s senior opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan will retire from limited over, Sri Lanka’s governing body of the sport exclaimed on Thursday.
The match to happen against Australia on 28 August will be dedicated to Dilshan by the Sri Lanka Cricket(SLC) as said by them ,for his “invaluable contribution to his mother land”.SLC continued in their statement wishing Dilshan a whole hearted appreciation and all the best ,while there was not any specific immediate comment from him.
The 39-year-old, right-hander, aggressive batsman will be missed by Sri Lanka after their Third ODI.He came into the picture for Sri Lanka in the year 1999 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo.After playing 87 matches resulting in a score of 5,492 runs Dilshan retired from test cricket in October 2013.He also took 39 test wickets.ODI to be played on Sunday will be his 330th.
Up till now he has scored 10,248 at 39.26 runs in 50 overs format of the game and took 106 wickets which are indeed an appreciable score!He will not be playing the last two ODIS which was to be played in Dambulla and Kandy respectively.His final match will be the T20 international which is to happen against Australia in Colombo on September 9.
Dilshan was not available for the previous limited-overs series this summer against England for few personal reasons.He returned after his two matches in Colombo.
Dilshan has hit 22 centuries including the 161 not out in Sri Lanka’s World Cup pool match played against Bangladesh in February 2015 at the MCG.He is one amongst the five players to score a century in all three forms of the game.
Dilshan was under severe pressure from Sri Lanka’s selectors to stand aside when the team builds themselves up for the World Cup 2019.2015 was his most successful year in One Day cricket.He indeed made an outstanding score of 1,207 runs.Since 2013 he averaged 49.18 in ODIs.In this year’s he was also the nation’s top scorer World T20 campaign.
We wish Dilshan all the very best for his future!