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Lahiru Thirimanne announces retirement from international cricket

Sri Lanka batter Lahiru Thirimanne has announced his retirement from international cricket after a 13-year career. The 33-year-old top-order batter made his international debut in 2010 and went on to represent Sri Lanka in 44 Tests, 127 ODIs, and 26 T20Is. He said that he cannot reveal ‘unexpected reasons’ that led him to take the retirement decision but thanked his former teammates and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) members in a post on his Facebook page.

Career of Lahiru Thirimanne 

His last international match was the Test against India in Bengaluru in March 2022. The last of his three Test centuries came against Bangladesh in 2021 when his 140 helped Sri Lanka win the match in Pallekele. He was especially impressive in ODIs in 2015 when he scored 861 runs in 25 games with one century and six half-centuries. Lahiru was part of Sri Lanka’s ICC T20 World Cup-winning team in 2014 and also featured in two more World Cups. He captained Sri Lanka in five ODI games and played in two ODI World Cups as well.

Thirimanne played first-class cricket in the most recent season in Sri Lanka, but has lived in Australia for much of the past two years. He has not been consistently available for Test selection, and has since been replaced at the top of the order by the likes of Nishan Madushka and Pathum Nissanka.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • Sri Lanka Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte;
  • Sri Lanka Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee;
  • Sri Lanka Official languages: Sinhala, Tamil;
  • Sri Lanka President: Ranil Wickremesinghe;
  • Sri Lanka Prime minister: Dinesh Gunawardena.

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