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Sri Lankan veteran Tillakaratne Dilshan to retire after Sri Lanka Australia series

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 25 August 2016, 16:27 IST

Sri Lankan star batsmen Tillakaratne Dilshan has decided to drop the curtain on his 17-year-old international career. On 25 August, Dilshan announced that he would hang up his boots for good at the end of the Sri Lanka vs Australia ODI series.

Dilshan made his debut against Zimbabwe in 1999. The 39-year-old has played 87 Tests, 329 ODIs and 78 T20Is.

In 2013, he retired from Tests to prolong his limited-overs career.

Dilshan is the 11th batsman and fourth Sri Lankan to cross the 10,000 runs-mark in ODIs. In T20Is, he is the second Sri Lankan after Mahela Jayawardene to score a hundred.

Dilshan - who is credited for inventing the 'Dilscoop' - his go-to, instantly-recognisable move - smashed 990 runs in 25 games at an average of 41.25 in 2014. The year after that, he scored a massive 1,207 runs in 25 games at an average of 52.47.

Sri Lanka are currently tied 1-1 in the ODIs against Australia with three matches to go. The fifth and final ODI will be played in Dambulla on 4 September while the two T20Is will be played on 6 and 9 September.

First published: 25 August 2016, 16:27 IST
 
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