Tharanga bids farewell to international cricket
Sri Lankan left-handed batsman Upul Tharanga announced his retirement from international cricket on 23rd February and he officially revealed it through social media.
Sri Lankan left-handed batsman Upul Tharanga is one of the finest players who represented Sri Lanka in the game. On 23rd February, the southpaw batsman announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket.
“As the good old saying goes “All good things must come to an end”, I believe it is time for me to bid farewell to my International Cricket Career after over 15 years of giving the game my all,” the left-handed batsman wrote in his retirement announcement through his official social media accounts.
The left-handed batsman made his national debut for Sri Lanka in an ODI game against West Indies in 2005. Tharanga scored 6951 runs for Sri Lanka at an average of 33.74 in the 235 games he played. He made his Test debut in the same year of the ODI debut. In 31 Tests for Sri Lanka, he scored 1754 runs at an average of 21.89.
Also, the left-handed batsman played 26 T20Is for Sri Lanka, scoring 407 runs with a best of 47. The last international appearance was in the ODI game against South Africa in 2019. The southpaw batsman was left from the Test side after the home series against India in 2017.
Upul Tharanga also served as the captain of Sri Lanka on several occasions. Earlier he was named as stand-in skipper during the absences of the permanent skipper Angelo Mathews. In July 2017, Upul Tharanga was made as the permanent skipper of the limited over formats for Sri Lanka. In the same year, he was sacked from the captaincy ahead of the series against India.
I have decided to retire from international cricket 🏏 pic.twitter.com/xTocDusW8A
— Upul Tharanga (@upultharanga44) February 23, 2021