Dilshan’s one day international career has ended after he player the 3rd ODI against the Australians.Sadly for Sri Lankans and Dilshan they did not able to beat Australia and Sri lankan team could not give him a good farewell with a win.
Sri Lanka opted to bat first after winnin the toss and were all out for 226 with four balls remaining, a total built around Dinesh Chandimal’s gutsy 102 in an otherwise poor batting display by the home side in the third match of the series.
Dilshan’s fluent 42 in his one-day swansong was the second highest score and the former Sri Lanka captain quit the format with 10,290 runs, including 22 centuries from 330 matches. He will play the two Twenty20 matches against Australia next month before retiring from international cricket.
There was no room for one final ‘Dilshan special’ in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), but the emotional crowd at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium gave one of their best batsman in the current era a fitting goodbye. Tillakaratne Dilshan, one of the most devastating modern-day batsman and a fine accumulator of runs, brought down the curtains on his ODI career in the third 50-over game against Australia in Dambulla on Sunday (August 28).
“I took the decision a few days back. (I’m) really happy with the way I finished, really happy with what I did for Sri Lanka cricket. Just like my Test retirement, one morning I woke up, on the 25th, and realised this was the time to go. I think it’s the right decision, the way I finished my career,” Dilshan said, while being feted during the presentation ceremony after the game.
While the 10,000-plus ODI runs will stand out as Dilshan’s finest contribution to Sri Lankan cricket, his 106 wickets in 330 matches epitomises the value he added to the team in his 17-year-long illustrious career in the 50-over format of the game.
“I’m really happy I contributed in all three departments. I discussed it (retirement) with my wife and other people,” he said.