The veteran Sri Lankan all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan has announced his retirement from international cricket and has confirmed that the T20 against Australia which is scheduled o be played next month in Dambulla will be the last appearance in international cricket.
Dilshan, in the year 1999 came into the national team as a lower order batsman who used to bowl off-spin. At the start of his career he concentrated more on bowling than batting but as years passed away, he was promoted in batting order thus ending up his career an opener of the Sri Lankan team.
The highest run scorer of 2011 world cup sometimes used to open the bowling for his team, thus contributing in all the departments of the game as he was a brilliant fielder too.
All-rounder had a brilliant career but a 50 over world cup trophy was something he could never touch despite playing two world cup finals i.e. in the year 2007 and 2011. The 2011 world cup loss was more hurting as Sri Lankan team had a brilliant start but M.S. Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir snatched the game from the jaws of Sri Lanka team to capture the cup after a period of 28 years.
Winning the 2014 T20 World cup was a perfect revenge taken by the Sri Lankan team.
The retirement of Dilshan will leave a big hole in the team as the earlier Sri Lankan team has suffered many blows with the retirement of Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Muralitharan. The Sri Lankan team is yet to get a permanent spinner in the squad since the retirement of Murali. Surely they will face problem to find someone of the same calibre to Dilshan.
In a career spanning 18 years, Dilshan played 97 Test matches scoring 5492 runs at an average of 40.98. He retired from test cricket in the year 2013.
In 329 ODI’s he set a benchmark by crossing 10000 runs in ODI’s along with 107 wickets.
He also played 78 T20I’s and scored 1884 runs.
Dilshan though had a clean career but that no ball fiasco is still a visible blot on his clean career. He forced Suraj Randiv to
deliberately bowl a no-ball so as the Indian batsmen Virender Sehwag who were batting on 99 could not score a century as team India needed just 1 run to win. Post this incident, Suraj Randiv was banned for one match whereas fine was imposed on Dilshan.
The Indian batsman Virender Sehwag was hurt with this as Dilshan was his good friend who shared the dressing room with him in IPL played a few months ago.
A week ago Sehwag took Twitter to recall that incident and relived the memory when he missed a ton.