Veteran Sri Lankan all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan is set to retire from international cricket at the end of the ongoing series against Australia. The 39-year-old has announced that the match against Australia on Sunday will be his last ODI outing, before he features again in the two T20I games.
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Reports suggest that Dilshan was initially reluctant to retire, despite being persuaded to do so, but having managed to score only 22 and 10 in the first two matches against Australia, he has changed his mind.
Dilshan, who innovated the famous Dilscoop, has featured in 87 Tests, 329 ODIs, and 78 T20Is for Sri Lanka so far, and he has scored a total of 39 centuries across all formats. Apart from being a destructive opening batsman, Dilshan was also a handy spin bowler, who had picked up 106 wickets in ODIs, and an excellent fielder in the circle. Even the great Kumar Sangakkara has come out in praise of Dilshan after the news
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