Dilshan says no plans to retire as yet

DilshanTillakaratne Dilshan says he has no plans to retire from the game as yet. His comments came after he scored 83 to help Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan in a World T-20 match.

Asked if he might retire after this World Cup, he almost seemed taken aback at the question. “You see, if I am batting like this – if I’m playing like this – I don’t think any retirement at the moment,” Dilshan said after the match. Then his words sped away from him like a mid-life-crisis Ferrari. “I want to play anyone. I am still really enjoying my cricket. I want to play anyone. I haven’t decided anything on my retirement. I’m trying to play maximum I can give to my country.”

A calmly compiled 56-ball 83 from Tillakaratne Dilshan steered Sri Lanka to a heart-rate-steadying six-wicket win in their opening match of the World T20, but not before Afghanistan reminded them and the rest of Group 1 that they belonged in the Super 10s.

With the bat, Afghanistan recovered brilliantly from a poor start, scoring 106 runs in their last ten overs to set a challenging target of 154. They bowled with skill and intelligence to claw back into the match after Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal had given Sri Lanka a bright start.

In the end, it was only Afghanistan’s fielding that proved to be of less-than-elite standard, with three basic errors in the deep giving a jittery Sri Lankan batting unit valuable breathing room.

“When there are fielding training days, I work especially with the fielding coaches,” Dilshan said. “I like to do as much as I can. I would love for every ball to come to me. I am on the field and I can’t wait for the ball to come to me. I still field at cover point. If there is a run out, or a good catch to take, I want to do that. I don’t think about my age.” (With content from ESPN Cricinfo)


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