Thirimanne announces retirement from international cricket

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –Sri Lankan cricketer Lahiru Thirimanne on Saturday (July 22) announced retirement from all formats of international cricket with immediate effect.

The southpaw released an official statement related to his decision.

Lahiru Thirimanne made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2010 and played a decent role for the team in all three formats of the game.

The left-hander played some great knocks for the team and help them register some famous wins. He was the key man behind his side lifting the T20 World Cup 2014.

Lahiru Thirimanne, who last played for Sri Lanka against India in a Test match in 2022, was a great servant for his team, playing 44 Tests, 127 ODIs, and 26 T20Is. In the most extended format of the game, he amassed 2088 runs to go with 10 fifties in 3 tons.

In 127 ODIs, Lahiru Thirimanne amassed 3164 runs at an average of 34.77 to go with 21 half-centuries and 4 tons. Apart from this, he smashed 291 runs in T20Is at a strike rate of 108.

Lahiru Thirimanne said that it was an absolute honour for him to represent his country. He remarked that he gave his best for his side and revealed that there were some unexpected reasons behind his decision.

“It has been an absolute honour to represent my country for the past few years. This game that has given me so much over the years. But with a lot of mixed feelings, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

“As a player, I have given my best, I have tried my best, I have respected the game and I have done my duty honestly and ethically to my motherland. It was a difficult decision to make, but I cannot mention here the many unexpected reasons that influenced me to take this decision willingly or unwillingly.”

Lahiru Thirimanne further went on to say thank SLC, his friends, family and all those who have supported him throughout his career.

He added: “I take this opportunity to thank the SLC members, my coaches, teammates, physios, trainers and analysts for their support and encouragement.

“And my fans, supporters, and journalists for all the love, support and motivation you have given me over these years. I am forever grateful to you all. Thank you to all of you who have supported me behind the scenes throughout my career,” he concluded.



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