Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan to retire

Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan to retire
Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan to retire

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan will quit international cricket after the ongoing limited overs series against Australia, announced on Thursday.

"I have decided to retire from the ODIs after the third match in Dambulla (on Sunday) and will play the two Twenty20s and then retire completely," Dilshan told local media.

After the conclusion of the five-match ODI series, Sri Lanka and Australia will play two Twenty20 matches on Sept. 6 and Sept. 9.

Inventor of the famous "Dilscoop" ramp shot, Dilshan played the last of his 87 tests in 2013 before quitting the longer format with 5492 runs and 39 wickets.

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

According to media reports, the former captain was persuaded to retire as Sri Lanka build a new team under Angelo Mathews with an eye on the 2019 World Cup.

Dilshan made his one-day debut against Zimbabwe in 1999 and went on to play 329 ODIs, 10248 runs that included 22 hundreds.

He has also scored 1884 runs in 78 Twenty20 Internationals and was Sri Lanka's top scorer in this year's World Twenty20 in India.

Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan to retire