Sri Lanka cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka announces retirement from Test cricket – Danushka Gunathilaka, a member of the Sri Lankan cricket squad, has declared his retirement from the game’s longest format. He last appeared in a Test for the national squad against New Zealand in 2018.
Gunathilaka, along with two other players, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella, is now serving a ban for breaking the bio-bubble while the team was touring England last year.
His resignation comes on the heels of his colleague Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s stunning departure from all formats of the game. For reasons that have yet to be uncovered, the Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) board continues to lose players.
Gunathilaka made only eight Test appearances for Sri Lanka, scoring 299 runs at an average of 18.7. Prior to his suspension following the bubble breach in June 2021, he had begun to establish himself on the white-ball team.
According to a report from Newswire, Gunathilaka said, “It has always been an honour to play for my nation, and I hope to contribute to the best of my ability in the future by continuing to represent Sri Lanka whenever I am called upon to do so.”
In the limited-overs format, his prospects are stronger. Gunathilaka has appeared in 44 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 27 Twenty-One-Day Internationals (T20Is) thus far. In one-day internationals, he has 1520 runs at an average of 36.19 and two centuries. He has 542 runs in the shortest format, with an average of 20.84.
Gunathilaka can also contribute with his right-arm off-breaks, having claimed 15 wickets in international cricket thus far. He has been removed from the national team owing to disciplinary difficulties, but he is expected to return to the squad soon.