The inventor of the ‘Dilscoop’, the stylish Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan announced his retirement from International cricket after the third ODI against Australia that was scheduled to be played in Dambulla. He was probably one of the best batsmen from 1990’s who was known for his improvisation while batting.
For a decade or more Dilshan has served Sri Lankan cricket with an utmost loyalty which reflected with the number of players that reacted after his announcement of retirement. Dilshan has been tremendous with the bat and is the fourth highest run scorer from Sri Lanka in ODI with over 10000 runs to his name in the 50 over format. Soon after retiring from international cricket if sources are to believe he will also play his last T20 match against Australia on September 9.
Tillakaratne Dilshan has been a pure entertainer, a healthy competitor all throughout his career and has been one of the influential and most attacking batsman in the history of cricket.In the year 2015, which is marked as the most successful year for Dilshan he scored about 1207 runs at an average of 52.47.He had already retired from test cricket in 2013, but he continued to play shorter format of the game before this announcement becomes official.
Srilanka is all gearing up for the 2019 Cricket world cup and Dilshan,who is currently 39 years of age is unlikely to be a part of this team, 3 years from now, which would be led by Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Matthews. With his retirement, it has paved the way for number of Srilankan youngsters to be a part of the International team in the coming years.
Also, he expressed his views with respect to his captaincy and also stated that he lacked support from other Sri Lankan players when he was acting as the captain.
He stated that ” While he was the captain of the Sri Lankan team, he lacked resources in particularly in the bowling department with Murali retiring from international cricket, Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajanta Mendis injured along with Angello Matthews struggling with the calf injury for more than a year.”
He also mentioned that after the 2011 world cup no one was willing to take the captain’s responsibility and also after he was hit by a ball on the finger he took up the captaincy. He was hurt but he never let the personal things get into his ways. Statistics prove that Dilshan was a true sportsperson as his 513 runs at an average of 51.3 against Australia in the 2012 series, which was his first after stepping down from captaincy, says a lot about himself as a player.
He almost carried out every responsibility his country needed from him whether it was bowling , batting, wicket keeping, fielding or captaincy. He always gave his best & was a true legend who served the game and his country very well within his overall career span.