Upul Tharanga retires from International Cricket
Sri Lanka’s opening batsman and former skipper Upul Tharanga has drawn the curtain on his 15-year-old international career, as he announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday (23). The 36-year-old left hander took to social media to inform his fans about his decision.
“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.
“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. I am 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 was easily the drive behind my ambition. For that I thank you all, 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 strongly soon. Thank you all!” the left hander wrote in his official Facebook page.
Debuting in 2005, Upul Tharanga was once a regular member in Sri Lanka’s ODI set-up, having also served as the captain. Tharanga was part of the Sri Lankan squad that made it to the final of the 2011 World Cup. He shone during the 2011 World Cup, at which he forged a prolific opening stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Opening along with Tillakaratne Dilshan, the left-handed batsman scored 395 runs in nine outings at a healthy average of 56.43. In subsequent years, the 36-year-old’s inconsistencies crept up.
Upul Tharanga has not played for the National team since March 2019. The left hander has played 223 ODI innings mustering 6,951 runs(average 33.74),including 15 tons and 37 fifties. He also featured in 31 Tests; however, he could not make a strong impact in Tests. In the longest format of the game, he managed three centuries and eight fifties, while in T20’s, Tharanga’s highest score was 47 in 26 innings.