Tillakaratne Dilshan is among the biggest names in international cricket. Be it batting, bowling, fielding or wicketkeeping, Dilshan did everything for his side. Be it classy cricketing shots or his trademark unorthodox style, Dilshan mastered it all on his way to become a Sri Lankan batting powerhouse. The shot Dilscoop, which carries his name was widely played  by Zimbabwe’s Douglas Marillier but one cannot deny the fact that it was Dilshan who popularised the shot. He had the rare ability to play a length ball, with bowed head directly over the wicketkeeper, where fielder’s do not stand.

With his retirement from international cricket after playing his final Twenty20 International (T20I) against Australia, there will be a void in the Sri Lankan side, one that will be tough to be filled. Dilshan began his career as a middle-order batsman but later, when the side needed him as an opener, he did that job too without any hesitation. Dilshan went on to be one of Sri Lanka’s most successful cricketer and though he was an effective middle-order batsman, He averaged the best in the opening position.  He was among the very few active cricketers who made their debut in the previous century.

He was the highest run-scorer in 2009 World T20 in which Sri Lanka finished as runners-up. Dilshan scored 317 runs in seven games with three half-centuries, which also includes his unbeaten 96-run knock against West Indies, for which he was awarded with T20I batsman of the Year. His 317 runs in the tournament is second most runs scored by any batsman in any World T20 tournament after Virat Kohli, who scored 319 runs in 2014 World T20. Dilshan is again among the rare bunch of cricketers to have featured in all the World T20 tournaments so far. In 2015 World Cup, he smacked Australia’s Mitchell Johnson for six consecutive boundaries in an over.

After his last game, Dilshan will leave international cricket arena at the age of 39 and will make way for youngsters in the side. While walking back to the pavilion in his final game for Sri Lanka, plenty of memories will be resurfaced and it surely will be an emotional goodbye.

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(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed on Twitter @abhik2593 and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)