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I am still capable and ready to return: Dilshan

20 September 2018 05:20 pm - 26     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


While stressing that he is still capable and fit enough to play cricket, Sri Lanka's legendary cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan said today he was ready and willing to contribute for the welfare of Sri Lankan cricket either as a player or a consultant considering the continuous struggle of the current Sri Lankan cricket team.

Responding to speculations circulating in the social media hinting of his comeback to International Cricket, he told the Daily Mirror that he was ready to return to the Sri Lanka cricket team if Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) or the Ministry of Sports requested him.

“I continue to play my domestic cricket. Hence, it is not a challenge for me to return to the international side again,” Dilshan said.

“I always think of my country. I presume I did my best in cricket prior to my retirement. However, I am of the opinion that I should do something more for my country,” Dilshan added.

Dilshan last played for the Sri Lankan side (in ODIs) on August 28, 2016.

Despite speculation that he wanted to play until the 2019 World-cup, due to certain issues, he had to retire earlier. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 26

  • sobers Thursday, 20 September 2018 05:28 PM

    It is better for you to be in retirement, Let the team come up the hard way. The fault lies with the selectors..

    dumidu Friday, 21 September 2018 12:29 PM

    yeah.... no point... won't work with this selfish/lazy bunch....I am going to cheer for Afghanistan team from now on....!!

    ghostlanka Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:40 PM

    i am going to cheer Bangaladesh.. GO TIGERS

    Ghost Thursday, 20 September 2018 05:52 PM

    Where were you when we were struggling? Enjoying your desertion? You had your reasons so just let it be, Dilly!

    Cool Thursday, 20 September 2018 06:00 PM

    Hope our captain cool will not get any ideas ...

    Sasanka Thursday, 20 September 2018 06:09 PM

    Dilshan retired from test Cricket targeting the IPL but never got selected. He retired from One day internationals and T 20's like he was Bradman. Now he want to come back to earn some more money. You are not Sanga or Mahela. So please stay in retirement.

    Unchikun Thursday, 20 September 2018 06:20 PM

    Oh! Old crocks rally! Nice.

    Dudley Thursday, 20 September 2018 06:47 PM

    even if more than half the team is made up if retirees they will still do better than the present day morons

    Citizen Thursday, 20 September 2018 07:11 PM

    What’s the use when the whole set is corrupt, including the cricket board ect. Who knows you probably want to come back for money too. Anyway don’t think anyone cares anymore.

    Who cares Thursday, 20 September 2018 07:13 PM

    no one cares about you or sl cricket anymore

    K Thursday, 20 September 2018 07:41 PM

    Why ppl r so bad Dilshan won games for his own for the country many times! Yeah Dilshan you should come showThem what you got, you have fans around the world Bro

    Anthony Thursday, 20 September 2018 08:09 PM

    No "Thank you" enjoy your retirement

    Nostril Doomas Thursday, 20 September 2018 08:25 PM

    Thank you for the scoop but we DON'T NEED YOU! This is a perfect example where the unknown devil should be given a chance than inviting the known devil that blew away many chances that were given to them.

    Saraa Goyya Thursday, 20 September 2018 09:00 PM

    Our current players lack STEEL in their character - determination to win, and hence evaporate cheaply. If Dilly still has steel in him, why not rejoin the team and pump up, still not too late.

    Zeeman Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:05 PM

    Another MR. Wants to return

    Indyd Friday, 21 September 2018 06:27 AM

    Bora Diye Malu...

    Amjad Friday, 21 September 2018 07:52 AM

    This guy will still be a better fielder than the current lot

    Asoka Friday, 21 September 2018 08:24 AM

    It is good if Dilshan can come back and create a winning mind set among the youngsters, Motivation is the most important factor for the success, which can be induced with a participation of an experienced players of his caliber, His talents must be used at least till the world cup -2019,

    Kavish Friday, 21 September 2018 08:35 AM

    Current players lack confidence, guts, motivation. When we see young players from Afgan, Bangla like countries, actually where we are? Our people are born to boast, they say i'm from this school, i'm from that school, but when they face international level, they are almost struggling. What's the point? In past, captains were tactical, players were united, but now? I see no unity at first and the feeling that i wear this jersey representing my country and i should be proud of that? Do they have it? If they have it, they will not miss school cricket catches. They haven't got the feeling that i should do this for my country for some reason. Dilshan, he has got that feeling if you know him. Arjuna, Aravinda, Sana, Murali, like old players always played their heart out. First mentors shoulf find the reason, then the solution within short period of tike since the world cup is near. Give them guts, they got the talent. Dilshan's come back will be a good chance for us.

    jaypee Friday, 21 September 2018 08:52 AM

    In my opinion Sanga, Mahela

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 21 September 2018 09:07 AM

    Speaking with good intentions but will not as long as SLC gets rid of its drunkards and washouts as earlier mentioned. Not ridiculing the admin but the jokers who have wormed their way into the Board. No wonder why our legendary cricketers like Sangakara, Mahela and Murali have declined the invitation to contribute to change the present mindset of the Board.

    SAM Friday, 21 September 2018 09:21 AM

    It was pathetic to see the run outs, catches, thrash batting by even seniors and bowlers too. I wonder if there were fixing too.There were chances if we had played singles and chased the score than playing bad strokes.What is the response regarding the pitch fixing?

    SUMANA Friday, 21 September 2018 09:26 AM

    MR Dilshan I like very much your WORLD famous Dilshan Scoop

    Karu Friday, 21 September 2018 09:47 AM

    SL team is in bad form that doesn't mean player like Dilshan should play now. He is 41 yrs old now and He was retired after consistent poor form

    Niz Friday, 21 September 2018 10:29 AM

    Cut down present players money packs. Downsize and cut down Sri Lanka Cricket Board Staff and Coaches. Use it and spend for school level cricketers wisely and bring is young blood. Have local tournaments and include 19 players too on 60 / 40 basis. Let them fight for their positions.

    Devalei Kudda Friday, 21 September 2018 10:54 AM

    Dilshan Aiya hithannei AB de Villiars kiyala. Gedara pihinum thatakayata wella vishramaya gahakarrane aiya kichha ven nathuwa!

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