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Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan announced retirement from International Cricket

Regarded as one of the most innovative batsmen of the modern game, Dilshan invented the scoop, which has come to be known as a dilscoop, in which a batsman hits the ball behind the keeper.

Aug 27, 2016 09:33 IST
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Tillakaratne Dilshan Veteran Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan on 25 August 2016 announced his retirement from international cricket.

He will play his last ODI in Dambulla on 28 August 2016 against Australia (third of the five-match series). He will play his last T20 international in Colombo on 9 September 2016.

Dilshan, who is most famous for inventing the Dilscoop, had already retired from Test cricket in 2013. He played 87 Tests and scored 5492 runs at 40.98, and also picked 39 Test wickets. Dilscoop is a process of hitting the ball behind the keeper. He also was a Test wicket-keeper.

Highlights of Tillakaratne Dilshan career

• Dilshan, 39, made his one day debut against Zimbabwe in 1999 and has, so far, played 329 ODIs.

• He has amassed 10248 runs that include 22 hundreds and 47 half-centuries.

• He has scored 1884 runs in 78 Twenty20 Internationals, so far.

• He is only the fourth Sri Lanka batsman and 11th batsman overall to pass the 10000-run mark.

• His career-best score is 161 not out against Bangladesh in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

• An all-rounder, he is also a capable off-break bowler, took 106 ODI wickets, with best figures of 4 for 4 against Zimbabwe in Pallekele in 2011.

• In 78 T20Is so far, Dilshan has 1884 runs, including a high score of 104 against Australia, in Pallekele in 2011. He took 7 T20Is wicket in his account.

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