Sri Lankan fast bowler, Suranga Lakmal made his last appearance in Test Cricket in the recently concluded Test match between Sri Lanka and India. He was given a guard of honour by his teammates on Sunday when he came onto bowl one last time in his international career. Lakmal was the ninth Sri Lankan wicket to fall on Saturday.
Jasprit Bumrah cleaned him up in the 59th over after he scored one run off four balls. Just after taking his wicket, Jasprit Bumrah ran towards him to congratulate him on his illustrious career. Other Indian cricketers such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli also congratulated him for his outstanding performances in his Test cricket career.
“I’m indebted to SLC for giving me this astonishing opportunity and having faith in me to bring back my motherland honour as it has been an absolute pleasure to be associated with the board that shaped my professional life and also enriched my personal development,” Lakmal had said in his retirement letter submitted to SLC.
“I have nothing but the utmost respect for all my players, coaches, team managers, support staff, administrative staff and all other support staff,” he had said.
Suranga Lakmal finished his Test cricket career with 170 wickets in 69 Tests at an average of 36.4. He made his Test cricket debut on 23rd November 2010 against West Indies. His ODI debut came against India on 18th December 2009.
Explaining his reason behind taking international retirement, Lakmal reason that it was the right time for the young pacers to get the opportunity to play Test Cricket and take the country to great heights.
“Rather than sticking around for a couple more years, I thought I’d give my place to someone younger. This is the best time to take my leave from Sri Lanka cricket,” Lakmal told ESPNcricinfo.