Former batsman ends his career with the fifth-most centuries for Sri Lanka in one-day cricket
Sri Lankan batsman Upul Tharanga has introduced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 36. Having made his debut in August 2005, Tharanga final turned out for Sri Lanka in an ODI in South Africa in March 2019. He performed his last T20I in March the earlier 12 months and his final Test in August 2017.
Over the course of his profession, Tharanga has captained Sri Lanka’s limited-overs sides a number of occasions, first taking over the function in November 2016 in an ODI series towards Zimbabwe. Months later he would additionally take over the reins of the T20I aspect for a tour of Australia. Sadly for Tharanga, his captaincy coincided with a lean interval in Sri Lankan cricket, and he suffered the ignominy of captaining his aspect to a few 5-0 whitewashes in 2017.
Tharanga’s failed captaincy stint considerably soured what had been a total spectacular interval with the nationwide aspect. Whereas his Test and T20I careers underwhelmed, his ODI report is among the many finest in Sri Lanka’s historical past. His 15 one-day tons of are the fifth-most by a Sri Lankan batsman, whereas his performances within the 2011 World Cup performed a serious function within the run to the ultimate. Opening the batting, his 395 runs within the event got here at 56.42 and included two centuries.
Followers can even bear in mind fondly his function in setting a then-world report for a gap partnership, plundering 286 runs off simply 201 deliveries alongside respect Sanath Jayasuriya towards England at Leeds in 2006.
Tharanga finishes his profession having performed 31 Tests, 235 ODIs and 26 T20Is. His 1754 Test runs got here at a mean of 31.89 and included three centuries and eight fifties. It was in restricted overs cricket although that Tharanga got here into his personal, scoring 6951 runs at 33.74 in ODIs, inclusive of 15 centuries and 37 fifties. Whereas he had proven prospers within the home T20 circuit, that kind by no means actually carried into his transient T20I profession, during which he averaged 16.28.
“As the nice outdated saying goes ‘all good issues should come to a finish‘, I consider it’s time for me to bid farewell to my Worldwide Cricket Profession after over 15 years of giving the sport my all,” Tharanga mentioned in a press release.
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“I depart behind a street travelled with fond recollections and nice friendships. I’m grateful to Sri Lanka Cricket for all the time having religion and the belief vested in me. I’m grateful to the various cricket-loving followers, associates and my household for standing by me throughout my highest of highs and even at the lowest factors in my profession. Your well-wishes and messages of encouragement were simply the drives behind my ambition. For that, I thank you all, and I want you nicely.
“I wish to want Sri Lanka Cricket all the easiest for the longer term, and I’m hopeful that the crew will bounce again sturdy quickly.”
Sri Lanka Cricket, in a media launch, paid tribute to Tharanga’s “large service” to the team.
“Upul Tharanga has finished an incredible service as a participant to Sri Lanka Cricket throughout his lengthy profession and has been an integral part of the National Team throughout its many achievements,” Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley De Silva mentioned.