Dhammika Prasad bid adieu to his international cricket career on Thursday. The Sri Lankan fast bowler though would still be seen playing for SSC in first-class cricket. Prasad, in his international cricket career, played 24 ODIs and 25 Tests, taking 32 and 75 wickets respectively. Besides, he has played a solitary T20 match against Australia in 2011.
Dhammika Prasad made his international cricket debut in an ODI match against Bangladesh in 2006, while his Test debut came in a home Test against India in 2008. Dhammika Prasad last played a Test match in 2015 against West Indies. Interestingly, Prasad was amongst the top-10 wicket-takers that year. In 9 Tests, he took 41 wickets in 2015. However, a serious shoulder injury meant he couldn’t make his way back into the national team.
In the home Test series against India in 2015, he scalped 15 wickets in 3 Tests. However, his finest moment in Test cricket came a year earlier against England. He took a five-for in the second innings at Headingly to help Sri Lanka win their first-ever Test series win in England.
Nevertheless, Dhammika Prasad will continue playing first-class cricket, where he has scalped 351 games in 130 matches at an average of 29.1.
“I think this is the correct time for me to retire from international cricket and provide a chance for the youngsters,” Prasad told the Daily News. “I have decided to continue playing domestic cricket and already I have played for 19 years for the SSC giving my best,” added the former schoolboy of De Mazenod College.