Big Bash League 2013-14 November 26, 2013

Dilshan signs with Sydney Thunder

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka batsman, has signed with Sydney Thunder for the coming season of the Big Bash League. He will miss Thunder's first two matches because of Sri Lanka's ODIs against Pakistan in the UAE until December 27 but will be available thereafter.

''I'm really keen to play in the Big Bash. It's such a wonderful, competitive tournament,'' Dilshan said. ''I've been hoping to play for the past three years but [each time] I've had to go for international duty. This year I'm free to play almost the entire tournament. It's really exciting. I've always enjoyed Australian wickets, with the extra bounce. I'm really eager for this opportunity.''

Dilshan, who had retired from Test cricket in October, said his decision was influenced by his relationship with the Thunder coach, former Sri Lanka batsman Chandika Hathurusinghe, who had taken over in April after the side finished bottom of the table. Dilshan also said he was looking forward to playing with former Australia batsman Michael Hussey.

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  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    For the bowling there are good spinners like shakib al hasan ,muralitharan etc they can be good signings

  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Guys what do u think about shohag gazi,rubel hussain and nasir hussain they are cheap and young guns.

  • o on November 29, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Dwayne Smith would be a better signing he was on fire in the IPL and the Aus tracks suit his game he's not in W.I setup so he is free for entire tournament

  • ramachandra on November 28, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    " I've always enjoyed Australian wickets, with the extra bounce".

    His performances apparently dont say so. Struggled in every format so far.

  • Yohan on November 27, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    @ osanda - i dont even mind if Dilshan retired from test coz of bigbash money .because he has played test till he gets 37 years old ( for 14 yrs) and still playing ODI s and T20 .

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Not sure whether Dilshan retired from test cricket due to these commitments with Bigbash. Much money?

  • Jay on November 27, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    His performances in Australia will determine whether RCB keep him with them in the upcoming season of the IPL. Dilshan is a match winner in ODIs and T20s and with the kind of pitches in Australia, he can hit through the line due to the true bounce in the wickets. All the best and looking forward to seeing him with the Bangalore Royal Challengers in 2014 opening with Gayle.

  • Rahul on November 27, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Khawaja and Gayle got most of the runs last year for Thunder but it wasn't enough, now with Khawaja, Hussey, Morgan, Dilshan there as full time players our main issue of not getting enough runs won't hold us back, i get a good feel for this season, at least we will be competitive which we havne't done so far.

  • Mariam on November 27, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Batting looking good with Hussey, Khawaja, Dilshan, Warner even though Warner and Clarke will be available for 1 game only due to Aussie commitment. Hussey, Khawaja and Dilshan will need to score most of the runs. But shapping up to be a good side.

  • Anver on November 27, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    A power packed & thunderous batting line up for Sydney Thunders.... I wish Dilshan for his 1st Big Bash season !!!!

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