The emotional touch of the crowd at Dambulla expressed itself as one of the best farewells to the inventor of the famous "Dilscoop." Tillakaratne Dilshan was followed by military men parading behind him, as the retiring batsman shook hands with is fans, as he walked away from his career last ODI match. His last inning was gracious with a 40 plus score, playing against Australia until he flicked the delivery from Adam Zampa to George Bailey. There was the standing ovation from fans at the stadium while his fellow players, both Australians and Sri Lankans ran up to him to bid the bye.
In the after match ceremony, the player expressed that he decided to retire only a few days back. He thought that it was a right decision and the way he ended his ODI career is similar to retirement from Test. Dilshan said that he is really happy with the way he finished and is really happy with what he did for Sri Lanka cricket. The cricketer had 10,000 plus runs playing 330 ODI matches. He also had 106 wickets in his ODI career spanning over 17 years. He is one of the best cricketers Sri Lanka has ever produced and his contributions are certainly the finest.
Dilshan said that the times are good to give a chance to youngsters and he will be happy if they are able to take Sri Lankan cricket forward. His career to, was with ups and downs and he reckoned his memories with players like Jayawardene and Sangakkara who retired only some couples of month ago. Apart from his contribution to batting as well as bowling, the player presented a number of innovations to modern day batting. The famous Dilscoop is a breakthrough in batting, which is his signature style and his own invention. The name of the innovative shot is also after the player. He said that he is happy that there is one shot named after him.
Tillakaratne Dilshan has been the match winner for Sri Lanka in a number of remarkable tournaments. His innings were typical and always stuffed with iconic shots and his unique approach as a player. His first famous strike was 81 and unbeaten against India in 2005. In the fifth ODI, Sri Lanka was 155 for 5 chasing 286. He took the helm in the inning, bringing out 131 runs off 107 balls as the sixth batsmen down the line. Remaining unbeaten, the player hauled the chase to victory. It is the match where Sri Lanka's image transformed as a winner from being an underdog in ODI for years.
The Player also smashed 160 in an ODI against India in 2009. It was with an excellent strike rate of taking the runs in 124 balls with 20 fours and three sixes. In 2011 World Cup, Dilshan rocked the match against England beating 108, not out. In the same year, he scored 106 against Australia in the second ODI at Adelaide. In 2012, his unbeaten 102 against New Zealand was the winning bet.
Sri Lanka has produced some of the best batsmen of the world and Tillakaratne Dilshan is certainly one of the bests. His impression in Sri Lankan cricket would be lasting for ages to come as it is just impossible to replace the icons, for their invincible contribution to cricket throughout the history.
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