Sri Lanka’s aggressive batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has announced his retirement from Test Cricket. The 36-year-old was planning to retire after playing the scheduled Test Series in Zimbabwe which we know was postponed indefinitely.
When Ahmed Shehzad cracked an unbeaten 98 off 64 balls against Zimbabwe at Harare on Saturday, he became the record-holder for the highest individual score by a Pakistani batsman, overtaking his one-day skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who had blasted an undefeated 87 off 53 balls against Bangladesh at Karachi in April 2008.
Sri Lanka won the third and final T20I at Hambantota by 6 wickets on Tuesday to avoid a 0-3 cleansweep. For a change, it was a slightly high-scoring game in the 3-match series with Sri Lanka chasing down a target of 164 with 11 balls to spare.
Batting has been the chief cause of Sri Lanka’s failure in the T20 series against South Africa. On Tuesday at Hambantota though they demonstrated how good they can be on occasions when they get their act right.
Sri Lanka has made two changes to their Champions Trophy squad for the upcoming Tri-Series in West Indies. Tillakaratne Dilshan is out of the tournament because of the calf muscle injury he sustained during the Semi-Final against India.