Former Sri Lankan opening batsman Upul Tharanga ha son Tuesday announced to withdraw from international cricket.
Taking to Twitter, Upul Tharanga released a statement and shared a heartfelt note, thanking everyone who helped him on his entire cricket journey.
“All good things must come to an end,” he wrote, saying: “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.”
“I leave behind a road travelled with fond memories and great friendships. I am thankful to Sri Lanka Cricket for always having faith and the trust vested in me. Grateful to the many Cricket Loving Fans, friends and my family for standing by me during my highest of highs and even at my lowest points in my career.
Your well-wishes and messages of encouragement were easily the drive behind my ambition. For that I thank you call, and I wish you well. I would like to wish Sri Lanka Cricket all the very best for the future and I am hopeful that the team will bounce back strong soon, Tharanga added.
I have decided to retire from international cricket 🏏 pic.twitter.com/xTocDusW8A
— Upul Tharanga (@upultharanga44) February 23, 2021
Furthermore, he lastly appeared for Sri Lanka in an ODI against South Africa in March 2019. He played 31 Tests scoring 1754 runs and totalled 407 runs in 26 T20Is.
However, since he made his international debut in an ODI against West Indies in Dambulla in 2005, Tharanga has played 292 matches scoring 9112 international runs, including 18 centuries.
Upul Tharanga has also scored 1,754 Test runs, 6,951 in ODIs and 407 in T20s.
🔸 292 matches
🔸 9112 runs
🔸 18 centuries
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka batsman Upul Tharanga has brought the curtains down on his 15-year long international career.
Happy retirement! pic.twitter.com/4LfKKp8gXh
— ICC (@ICC) February 23, 2021