The legendary Sri Lankan opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan might be planning a sensational return to the international cricketing circuit. He retired from all forms of cricket two years ago in 2016, though the reasons for which he took an immediate retirement were not made public at that time.
Dilshan was a limited overs specialist for his country in their golden generation of cricket which consisted of all-time legendary cricketers like Mahela Jayawardena, Kumara Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas who all are retired right now. Dilshan was famous for a shot which he invented called ‘DilScoop’.
“Former Sri Lankan Cricketer TM Dilshan (42) has hinted he could return to International Cricket since the national team is struggling. He told Lak FM radio that he wanted to play until 2019 World-cup but due to certain issues he had to retire earlier,” Azzam Ameen who is a reporter cum producer at the BBC, tweeted this tweet.
Former Sri Lankan Cricketer TM Dilshan (42) has hinted he could return to International Cricket since the national team is struggling. He told Lak FM radio that he wanted to play until 2019 World-cup but due to certain issues he had to retire earlier pic.twitter.com/oQG1NyAurA
— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) September 19, 2018
The reason for this U-turn by Dilshan might be the current state of affairs of cricket in the island country. They were humiliated by once minnows Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the ongoing Asia Cup in which they became the first team to get knocked out of the tournament. In the opening match against Bangladesh, Sri Lankans conceded a total of 248 which in the end turned out to be more than enough after a poor chase by Sri Lanka which only took them to 124 all-out. Honestly, 261 was not impossible to chase but the Lankan literally batted like an amateur side.
In the must-win encounter against Afghanistan, almost the same story repeated as batting first, Afghanistan made a challenging 249 on a sluggish pitch. Lankan inexperienced batsmen again struggled to pick Afghan spinners and ended up scoring 158 to lose the match by 91 runs.
Dilshan has not been far away from cricket though in the last couple of years. He was a part of a fun inaugural Ice Cricket Tournament which took place on a ground which was full covers under the ice. That tournament comprised of many former legends like Virender Sehwag, Jacques Kallis, Mike Hussey, Mahela Jayawardene and Graeme Smith etc.