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Sri Lanka Cricket: Dilruwan Perera Retires From All Forms Of International Cricket With Immediate Effect

With the bat, Dilruwan was poignant enough to bat for long hours in test cricket where he usually excelled. 

Published: January 26, 2022 6:51 PM IST

By India.com Sports Desk | Edited by Vishal Pushkar

Sri Lanka Cricket: Dilruwan Perera Retires From All Forms Of International Cricket With Immediate Effect
Dilruwan Perera Retires From All Forms Of International Cricket. (Credits: IANs)

Colombo: Sri Lanka spinner Dilruwan Perera on Wednesday announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect. The 39-year-old Perera, however, has expressed his desire to continue playing domestic cricket.

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“Dilruwan Perera, who represented the Sri Lanka National Team, announced his retirement from all forms of International Cricket with immediate effect. In his retirement letter written to Sri Lanka Cricket, Perera however said, he will continue to play Domestic Cricket. Sri Lanka Cricket wishes him the very best for his future endeavours,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement.

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The allrounder represented Sri Lanka in 43 Tests, 13 ODIs and three T20Is. He scored 1456 runs across formats and picked 177 wickets at the international stage. Perera first made his ODI debut in 2007 against England in Colombo. In ODIs, Perera averaged 31.46 and went on to pick 13 wickets from as many games while the three T20Is brought in three wickets.

Perera in his international career has earned several accolades for his team. While bowling in tandem with left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, he used to serve as an effective weapon against the opposition. With the bat, he was poignant enough to bat for long hours in test cricket where he usually excelled.

He earned a Test debut against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2014 and struck 95 while batting at No 8. Overall, he picked 161 wickets with his off-spin at an average of 35.90, with his best coming against South Africa where he bagged 10 for 78 in Galle in 2018. His last Test too was at the same venue in January last year.

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Published Date: January 26, 2022 6:51 PM IST