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I AM VERY MUCH SATISFIED AND DELIGHTED TO SERVE SRI LANKAN CRICKET FOR YEARS: TILAKARATNE DILSHAN.

I AM VERY MUCH SATISFIED AND DELIGHTED TO SERVE SRI LANKAN CRICKET FOR YEARS: TILAKARATNE DILSHAN.

Though the farewell bidding match for Dilshan didn’t go his way, but the player has done more than enough for his team and also contributed a lot for the cricketing world, after Australia won the match yesterday the spectators of Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium got off their seats and cheered for their hero, to bid him a warm good bye.

 

Yesterday was the final ODI for the legend as we all were waiting to see a commendable innings from him, the star scored 42 runs falling short of 8 runs for his 47 fifty in International cricket.

 

 

"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 during the presentation ceremony. 

 


It was a long 17 years old career for Dishan and the milestone he achieved during this feat is just out of the box, the legend scored over 10,000 plus runs in ODI and mind it that’s not the end he also took 106 wickets in 330 matches he played.

 

 


"I'm really happy I contributed in all three departments. I discussed it (retirement) with my wife and other people," he said.

 


"There is also no cricket for almost six months after this and it's a good time for giving youngsters a chance. If a youngster can take Sri Lankan cricket forward and score some runs, I'll watch it at home and be happy,"

 

Ups and downs is a part in everybody’s life but we must learn to get through the situations and so did Dilshan to come out of it as a true warrior.

 


"Around 2008 the selectors dropped me, not taking me to the Australia tour. Then I thought I could do more in the side. I called Mahela, the captain at that time, and said don't pick me as middle-order batsman and pick me as an opener. He said, 'okay, so go and open in domestic competition'. In the first game I scored 190 and finished 30 or 40 overs in most matches. Then I went to Pakistan and scored well. Since then I have continued to bat at the top,"

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75