Sri Lankan left-handed batsman Upul Tharanga has called a day from his international career. The senior player revealed the news through his Twitter account on Tuesday.
“As the good old saying goes “All good things must come to an end”, I believe it is time for me to bid farewell to my International Cricket Career after over 15 years of giving the game my all,” Tharanga stated in a post on Twitter.
“I leave behind a road traveled with fond memories and great friendships. I am thankful to Sri Lanka Cricket for always having faith and the trust vested in me. I am grateful to the many Cricket Loving Fans, friends And my family for standing by me during my highest of highs and even at my lowest points in my career. Your well-wishes and messages of encouragement was easily the drive behind my ambition. For that I thank you all, and I wish you well.
“I would like to wish Sri Lanka Cricket all the very best for the future and I am hopeful that the team will bounce back strong soon. Thank you all,” he concluded.
The 36-year old stormed into the international forum in 2005 in a match against West Indies and scored his first ODI ton the same year. He went on to represent Sri Lanka in 31 Tests, 235 ODIs, and 26 T20Is registering 1754 runs, 6951 runs, and 407 runs, respectively.
He specializes in the ODI format amassing the runs at an average of 33.74, including 15 centuries and 37 half-centuries. Upul Tharanga holds the distinction of being the second batsman in the cricket world to stitch a partnership of more than 200 runs seven times. He was a part of the Sri Lanka team that clashed against India in the 2011 World Cup final.
Tharanga served as the national team captain between 2016-17. He played his last ODI in 2019.