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‘Dilscoop’ to retire from ODIs, T20s

Tillakaratne Dilshan has finally decided to call time on his 17-year international career by officially announcing that the ODI and Twenty20 International series against Australia will be his last as a player.

Dilshan, who made his debut against Zimbabwe in 1999, played 87 Tests, 329 ODIs and 78 T20Is. In 2013, he retired from Tests to prolong his limited-overs career.

His ODI and T2OI record for Sri Lanka is wonderful. Dilshan is the 11th batsman and fourth Sri Lankan to go past 10,000 runs in ODIs while in T20Is, he is only the second Sri Lankan after Mahela Jayawardene to score a hundred. He achieved this feat in 2011 when he smashed 104* against Australia in Pallekele.

The 39-year-old right-hander, well-known for his innovative strokes and particularly the ‘Dilscoop’, has been in magnificent form in ODIs after retiring from Tests.

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