Dhammika Prasad Retires At 37 After Last Playing For Sri Lanka In 2015
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Dhammika Prasad Retires At 37 After Last Playing For Sri Lanka In 2015

Dhammika Prasad
Dhammika Prasad

Dhammika Prasad, Sri Lankan pacer has announced his retirement from international cricket at 37 years of age.

Dhammika Prasad has represented the country in 25 Tests, 24 One Day Internationals, and in one T20I and his last series was in 2015 against the West Indies.

Dhammika Prasad makes an unsuccessful appeal for the wicket of Pakistan cricketer Asad Shafiq
Dhammika Prasad. (Photo credit should read Ishara S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Dhammika Prasad Felt Correct Time Had Arrived To Retire From International Cricket And Give Other Youngsters Chance

Sri Lankan pacer Dhammika Prasad was in and out of the Sri Lankan team continuously since 2015 due to the injuries he sustained. He was unable to participate in Sri Lanka’s hectic schedule as the injury caused a serious setback to his career.

“I think this is the correct time for me to retire from international cricket and provide a chance for the youngsters,” the 37-year-old right-arm paceman told the Daily News.

Sri Lankan cricketers, team captain Marvan Atapattu (L), bowler Rangana Herath (C) and Muttiah Muralidharan (R)
Sri Lankan cricketers. (Photo credit should read SENA VIDANAGAMA/AFP via Getty Images)

“I have decided to continue playing domestic cricket and already I have played for 19 years for the SSC giving my best,” added the former schoolboy of De Mazenod College.

The fast bowler announced his retirement from all formats of the game on the 18th of February. The fast bowler organized a special press conference at SSC, Colombo to announce his retirement from international cricket. The press meet was attended by former Sri Lankan cricketers Rangana Herath and Marvan Atapattu too.

Dhammika Prasad Will Play For Sri Lanka Legends In Road Safety World Series After Retiring From International Cricket

The fast bowler played 25 Test matches and 32 ODIs for Sri Lanka in a career that lasted for almost a decade. In Tests, he scalped 75 wickets averaging 36.0. In ODIs, he bagged 32 wickets averaging 30.5.

Road Safety World Series 2020: Sri Lanka Legends defeat Australia Legends in a last-over thriller
Sri Lanka Legends vs Australia Legends. Road Safety World Series 2020: Sri Lanka Legends defeat Australia Legends in a last-over thriller (Image Source: Quint)

In 2015, he was in form of his life as he bagged as many as 41 wickets in just 9 Tests and ended among the top ten wicket-takers of the year. His last Test was against West Indies in 2015. Most of his 75 Test scalps came in 2014 and 2015. He went wicketless in the lone T20I he played.

Unfortunately, a shoulder injury he sustained during the same year played spoilsport in his career. Dhammika Prasad was unable to recover and stage a complete comeback from the injury which ended in his farewell from international cricket. The fast bowler will be playing for Sri Lanka Legends in the upcoming Road Safety World Series in India.

 

A few days before the fast bowler hinted at his retirement with a tweet. After 10 days he announced the retirement officially. The Road Safety World Series commenced on 7 March 2020 and a total of eleven matches were scheduled to be held in the league held in India.

India Legends won against West Indies and Sri Lanka Legends and Sri Lanka beat Australia Legends while South Africa emerged victorious over West Indies. On 13 March 2020, as a result of Government Advisory following the global coronavirus pandemic, the remaining seven matches were rescheduled to a later date.

According to media reports, the Legends Road Safety World Cricket Series Tournament is all set to schedule between March 2, 2021, to March 21, 2021. The tournament will feature prominent cricketers such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Muttiah Muralitharan.