By India Today Sports Desk: Sri Lankan batter Lahiru Thirimanne has announced his retirement from international cricket after a 12-year career. After making his debut in 2010, the 33-year-old Lankan played 44 Tests, 127 One-Day Internationals, and 26 Twenty20 Internationals.
Thirimanne’s journey in international cricket began in 2010, and over the years, he became a cornerstone of the Sri Lankan batting line-up. His career statistics are a testament to his contribution to the sport; he played 44 Tests, 127 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), and 26 T20 Internationals, showcasing his versatility across all formats.
Thirimanne’s retirement announcement came as a surprise to many, especially given the recent confusion surrounding his career. In November 2022, there were rumors about his retirement, which he promptly dismissed, clarifying that he was taking a break due to the birth of his child. However, less than a year later, he confirmed his decision to retire from international cricket.
In a heartfelt post on Facebook, Thirimanne expressed his gratitude towards everyone who supported him throughout his journey. He wrote, “As a player, I have given my best, I have tried my best, I have respected the game, and I have done my duty honestly and ethically to my motherland.” He also thanked the Sri Lanka Cricket members, his coaches, teammates, physios, trainers, and analysts for their unwavering support and encouragement.
Thirimanne’s career had several highlights, including being part of three T20 World Cup campaigns and two ODI World Cups. His leadership skills were also recognized as he led Sri Lanka in five ODIs. One of his most memorable performances was against Bangladesh in 2021 when his impressive score of 140 runs led Sri Lanka to victory.
Despite his retirement, Thirimanne’s passion for the sport remains undiminished. In an Instagram post, he expressed his honor at representing his country and thanked everyone for the amazing memories and well wishes throughout his journey. He signed off with a hopeful note, saying, “See you on the other side.”
Thirimanne’s retirement marks the end of an era in Sri Lankan cricket. His dedication, sportsmanship, and contributions to the sport have left an indelible mark on the cricketing world. As fans and fellow cricketers bid farewell to this cricketing legend, they also celebrate the remarkable career of a player who has given so much to the sport. Lahiru Thirimanne may have hung up his boots, but his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of cricketers.