The International Cricket Council has congratulated former Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan for an impressive international career that ended on Friday with the Twenty20 International series against Australia.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said in a statement on Friday that Dilshan, who is one of only 11 players to have scored a century in each format of the game, was the epitome of the modern-day cricketer with his ability to adapt. “Dilshan’s accomplishments across all three formats are fantastic. He started as a solid batsman but adjusted to the demands of the faster-paced game and came to be known as one of the best in ODI and T20 Internationals.
“He will be remembered for his innovative strokes and as a destructive opener. He was also a useful spin bowler and an outstanding fielder. We congratulate Dilshan for a fine career and wish him every success in the future,” Richardson said. Dilshan, who retired from Test cricket in 2013, topped the ICC World T20 rankings in June 2009 and the ODI all-rounders’ list in 2015. He was selected in the ICC s ODI team of the year four times in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015, and won the 2009 T20 Performance of the Year for his 96 off 57 against the West Indies in the semifinal of the WT20 in 2009.