TM Dilshan to retire from International Cricket

2002
TM Dilshan

Senior batsman Tillakarathne Dilshan has decided to retire from ODI cricket after the 3rd ODI in Dambulla and from T20I cricket after the two-match series against Australia in September.

Dilshan, who is turning 40 this October, has played 329 ODIs during his illustrious 17-year career, scoring more than 10,248 runs at an average of nearly 40.

He is the 12th most-capped ODI player in the history of the game and 5th most-capped Sri Lankan.

Dilshan was one of Sri Lanka’s most consistent limited-overs batsmen in 2015, making 1,207 ODI runs at an average of 52.47. In the same year he became the 11th batsman to score 10,000 runs.

In T20I cricket, he has amassed 1,884 runs in 78 games with a strike-rate of 120.

In the first two games against Australia, Dilshan fell for 22 and 10 respectively, further solidifying rumours that this may be the end for the veteran.

The innovator of the famous ‘Dilscoop’ transformed his ODI career in 2008 after being given the opportunity to open the batting for Sri Lanka in the shorter formats of the game.