Sri Lanka opening batsman Upul Tharanga retires from international cricket
Sri Lanka’s former opening batsman Upul Tharanga announced his retirement from international cricket after a 15-year career.
The 36-year-old played 31 Tests, 235 ODIs and 26 T20Is during a career that began in 2005.
“I believe it is time for me to bid farewell to my international cricket career,” he wrote in a lengthy post on Twitter.
Tharanga's last Test appearance arrived in August 2017 against India at Pallekele where he could contribute just 12 runs as Sri Lanka lost by a humiliating margin of an innings and 171 runs. His final match in Sri Lanka colours was in an ODI in the South Africa tour prior to the 2019 World Cup.
I have decided to retire from international cricket ?? pic.twitter.com/xTocDusW8A— Upul Tharanga (@upultharanga44) February 23, 2021
The left-handed batsman, known for his stylish strokeplay, failed to make an impact in the traditional format as he amassed 1,754 runs in 31 Tests at an average of 31.89.
Tharanga's record was more impressive in the 50-over format, where he made 15 hundreds and 37 half-centuries.
He was also most famously involved in a 286-run partnership with Sanath Jayasuriya for the first wicket against England at Leeds in 2006. Their incredible stand remained the record opening partnership for 12 years before Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq surpassed them.
Tharanga was also briefly appointed Sri Lanka's full-time captain in 2017 but his leadership tenure saw his team manage only four wins in 21 ODIs.
"Upul Tharanga has done a tremendous service as a player to Sri Lanka Cricket during his long career and has been an integral part of the National Team during its many achievements," Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva said.