- The sound pacer of the Sri Lankan team SurangaLakmal played his last match (test) against the Indian team.
- The pacer would be retiring from all forms of cricket at just 34 years of age.
Suranga Lakmal, a name that earned all the respect from his team and from all those who knew him. Suranga is in the headline due to only one reason and that is his retirement from all the formats of the international cricket. The player recently said that the Indian series would be last international match and would retire from all the forms of cricket after.
In a statement by the Sri Lankan cricket board,
“Former Sri Lanka Test Captain SurangaLakmal has informed Sri Lanka Cricket that he will retire from all forms of International Cricket following the completion of the upcoming Sri Lanka Tour of India 2022,”
In response, the Indian legend batsman Rahul Dravid and the former Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli congratulated the player for his departure and wished him the best.
If you look at the history of the right-arm medium pacer, you’ll find that the player played in total:
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Now look at what the player has to say on his final departure from the International Cricket,
“I’m indebted to SLC for giving me this astonishing opportunity and having faith in me to bring back my mother land honour as it has been absolute pleasure to be associated with the board that shaped my professional life and also enriched my personal development,”
He further added,
“I have nothing but the utmost respect for all my players, coaches, team managers, support staff, administrative staff and all other supportive staff,”
In the second day of the match, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer were seen pounding on the Sri lankan Players making a massive total of 447 runs.
In the match, Rishabh Pant, scored a half century and becoming the fastest scoring batsman ever in the test cricket. Rishabh scored 50 runs out 28 balls. Rishabh broke the record set by the former legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, whose record was of 30 balls (Half Century). India is having a great time in the home series and back-to-back has wiped out the two teams, one was the West Indies team by 3-0 and now the Sri Lankans.
On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer also scored a fantastic 67 not-out supporting the southpaw Rishabh pant. Coming forward praising the young player (Shreyas), the former cricketer Wassim Jaffer wrote,
“I mean, this pitch is slightly better than the one in Pune, which was a little more rigged. That knock, on the other hand, reminds us of Iyer’s knock. Whenever he got that hundred, I’d be delighted. “However, he looked excellent,”
Another support was shown by the legendary VVS Laxman, who said,
“He has a history of playing with the Indian team’s tail-enders and bailing them out, which is a very positive indicator for a batter who bats No. 5 or 6.” That’s something VVS used to do a lot of. He’s doing a fantastic job,”
Recently, Shreyas Iyer has been named as the player of the month (February). Shreyas along with two other players named as Deepender Singh Airi (Nepal) and Vritti Aravind were included for the nomination.
The match against the West Indies stood out to be a complete sweep out for the Caribbeans who were at 3-0 straight away. The player currently has a strike rate of 174.36 and is considered the best throughout. The surprising thing about the player is that in all the 3 matches the player was seen unbeaten and scored 57 out of 28 balls, 74 runs out 44 balls and 73 runs out 45 balls which phenomenally very well. Look at what Russell Arnold and the player from Sri Lanka said,
“Throughout the month Shreyas showed tremendous consistency and control. He totally dominated the opposition bowlers and proved very hard to bowl at, scoring runs all around the wicket and attacking the bowlers at the right moments. What really stood out for me was his composure as he battles for a regular place in the India Lineup”
The 27-year-old carried his same composure in the Sri Lanka Series as well where he made a fantastic 105 runs in the first innings and second 92 runs, have a look below,