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.
Twitter reacts to his retirement, here are some best of the tweets –
1,000+ run saves
— Kalhara Hapuarachchi (@kalhara18) August 25, 2016
President of SLC Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala extends appreciation of himself & the committee to Dilshan for his service to cricket in SL.
— Roshan Abeysinghe (@RoshanCricket) August 25, 2016
Dilshan is the one batsman I can watch without getting bored…Love his attitude to always HIT the ball no matter what!
— Upuli Jayasinghe (@UpulilovesDemi) August 25, 2016
Hope Dilshan plays his savage pull and a dilscoop for us to remember him by – not that we need any help, tbh. Wonderfully memorable career
— Andrew F Fernando (@andrewffernando) August 25, 2016
I’m watching you since my childhood
An Era !!!!
will miss you <3
— StepInMobile (@irrfannshah) August 25, 2016
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) August 25, 2016
Dilshan is an absolute match winner and game changer. Deserves the grandest of farewells. @OfficialSLC will miss him. A champions career
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) August 25, 2016
SLC decided to dedicate the 3rd ODI to honour the master batsman Dilshan for his invaluable contribution to motherland #ThankYouDilshan
— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 25, 2016