One of the greatest all-rounders of Sri Lankan Cricket, Thisara Perera has just announced his retirement from international cricket. He informed the Lankan Cricket Board of his decision on the morning of May 3. With the T20 World Cup coming up, everyone is shocked at the announcement of Thisara’s retirement from the national team at just 32 years old. Thisara last played international cricket in March this year. However, even if he won’t play in international cricket, he will be seen in various franchise T20 tournaments around the world.
He has not played Tests for a long time. After scoring 75 off 86 balls against Pakistan in 2012 and taking 4 wickets, he realized that he was not needed in the Tests. That’s why he once sent a notice of Test retirement to the board. The board did not accept that notice but did not call Thisara to the Test squad after that incident.
Meanwhile, Thisara has not been regular in ODIs since 2015. Although most of his success came in white-ball cricket. He was well known for his effective medium-pace bowling and aggressive batting in the lower order. Thisara’s strike rate (112.08) is the fourth-highest in the history of men’s ODIs among those who have scored a minimum of 2,000 runs.
His 12-year international career ended in silence. Thisara made his international debut in an ODI match against India in December 2009. He made his T20 in May 2010 and made his Test debut in the following year. He has become an essential part of the team since then. For the Sri Lankan team, he has scored 203 runs and took 11 wickets in 6 Tests, his run-collection in ODI is 2338 picking up 175 wickets taking part in 166 ODIs, and he bagged up 1204 runs and picked up 51 wickets playing 84 T20Is.
It is understood that the Sri Lankan board has informed several senior cricketers including Thisara that they will not be included in the squad for the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh. Instead, Sri Lanka wants to give opportunities to new players with an eye on the future. Thisara opts not to continue after getting the news.
However, Thisara was still considered an important part of the team in the T20Is. He was instrumental in helping the team to win the T20 World Cup in 2014. His last six in the final match confirmed that the title was going to Sri Lanka’s home. There was even talk that he might be included in the squad for the T20 World Cup to be held later this year.
He will be seen in franchise cricket even if he stays away from wearing the national team jersey. For now, he will be seen as the captain of the Jaffna Stallions in the Sri Lankan Premier League. He has played for Rangpur Riders and Comilla Victorians in the BPL and ruled the IPL for Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiant and Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
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