Sri Lankan cricketer Dilshan to retire from One-Dayers

Colombo, Aug 25 (IANS) Sri Lankan opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan on Thursday announced his decision to retire from One Day cricket.

He will quit after the third One-Day match against Australia in Dambulla on Sunday.

Sri Lanka Cricket has decided to dedicate the third One-Day to honour the batsman.

A former One-Day captain, Dilshan made his debut in the one day team in 1999 against Zimbabwe.

The 39-year-old has played 329 matches scoring 10,248 runs and is the fourth Sri Lankan and the 11th overall to pass 10,000 One-Day runs.

Dilshan is the second Sri Lankan to have 3 One-Day centuries above 150. He is the second Sri Lankan and fifth overall to achieve hundreds in all 3 formats of the game.

He is most famous for his improvised shot over the wicketkeeper’s head called “Dilscoop”.

“I together with my committee wish to extend our sincere appreciation and wish him the very best in his future endeavours,” Thilanga Sumathipala, Sri Lanka Cricket president, said in a statement on Thursday.



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