Upul Tharanga Retires in International Cricket
I have decided to retire from international cricket 🏏 pic.twitter.com/xTocDusW8A
— Upul Tharanga (@upultharanga44) February 23, 2021
Tharanga Announce Retirement
“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 wrote in his retirement statement in his Facebook account
Sri Lankan batsman played 31 Test for Sri Lanka scoring 1754 runs at average of 21.89 including three countries and eight fifties. His Test debut in Ahmedabad against India in December 2005 and played his last game against the same opposition in Pallekele at 2017.
Thank you @upultharanga44 ,is such an understatement for all what u have done.A team player,Captain and Inspiration to everyone around u is who u are.Simply put,a humble man with a heart of gold.Ur absence in the international team dressing room will be felt. pic.twitter.com/5srngZoa1D
— Thisara perera (@PereraThisara) February 24, 2021
Upul is a left-handed batsman and an occasional wicketkeeper, he is not successful in the ODi format for his country, making 6951 runs for Sri Lanka at the average of 33.74 in 235 games he plays since his debut against West Indies in August 2005.
— 𝑫𝒊𝒎𝒖𝒕𝒉 𝑲𝒂𝒓𝒖𝒏𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒏𝒂 (@IamDimuth) February 23, 2021
Tharanga was selected as Sri Lankan captain because of multiple injuries of Angelo Mathews. Tharanga lead them in ODI Tri Series in Zimbabwe on 2016 which was won 6 wickets at the end. Angelo Mathews questioned about his captaincy because of incompetency. The reason of Upul Tharanga become permanent captain of Sri Lanka.
Tharanga initially claimed he had taken some medication for asthma and had no idea it was banned drug. The World Anti-Doping Agency is a foundation initiated by International Olympic Committee based in Canada to promote coordinate and monitor the fight against drug in sport. An independent anti-doping tribunal was convened at which Tharanga pleaded guilty, claiming he had taken some herbal remedy to ease discomfort caused by a long-standing shoulder injury.
15 Years Spanned
He had an international career spanning over 15 years he last played international match last Sri Lanka tour of South Africa in March 2019.
“Upul Tharanga has done a tremendous service as a player to Sri Lanka Cricket during his long career and has been an integral part of the National Team during its many achievements,” said Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket