Colombo: Former Sri Lanka ODI and T20 skipper Thisara Perera introduced retirement from worldwide cricket on Monday.
The 32-year-old all-rounder, in his letter addressed to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), stated that he felt “the time is right” for him to step apart and pave the best way for youthful and extra gifted gamers to take over the reins.
Perera, who performed 166 ODIs and 84 T20Is, moreover competing within the Indian Premier League (IPL), stated that is the precise time for him to comply with on his private objectives and household life.
In his letter, Perera additionally thanked the staff captains he had served beneath throughout his worldwide profession, team-mates — previous and current — the chief committee of Sri Lanka Cricket, administration, and the SLC workers, “for the support they extended to me during my career”.
“I take pride in the fact that I was able to represent Sri Lanka in seven cricket world cups and be a contributing member of the 2014 T20 World Cup win against India in Bangladesh. Easily the highlight of my life,” Perera stated in his letter.
Wishing the cricketer “the very best in his future commitments”, SLC stated, it “dearly values the immeasurable services rendered by him to the game”.
“Thisara was a brilliant all-rounder, who has contributed immensely as a player to Sri Lanka Cricket and played a part in some of the glorious cricketing moments of the country,” stated SLC CEO Ashley de Silva.
Within the 133 ODI innings Perera performed, a left-handed batsman, scored 2338 runs, along with his highest being 140. He additionally took 175 wickets along with his right-arm medium tempo bowling.
Within the 74 T20I innings, the Sri Lankan scored 1204 runs. He additionally took 51 wickets throughout his profession.
The Sri Lankan additionally donned the Rising Pune Supergiants, Chennai Tremendous Kings, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad jerseys within the IPL.