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)