Sri Lanka news March 6, 2013

Samaraweera retires from international cricket

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Thilan Samaraweera has retired from international cricket after being left out of the Sri Lanka squad for the first Test against Bangladesh in Galle, which starts on March 8. Samaraweera had sent a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Tuesday informing it of his intention and the board has now accepted his decision.

"I was shocked with my omission from the squad against Bangladesh," Samaraweera said, adding he had been told by the selectors that they may need him to play Pakistan later this year."There was no point in waiting for nine months. I respect the decision of the selectors to go with young players and decided it was the right time for me to retire."

SLC wanted him to play against Bangladesh - perhaps a farewell Test - but Samaraweera declined because he felt the time was right to retire.

"I never wanted a farewell match because if you're not good enough to be in the 15-man squad, there's nowhere in the world you can play in the first XI," the 36-year-old Samaraweera said. "I didn't want to be selfish and deprive a youngster of his place by requesting to play in a farewell Test."

Samaraweera's decision to retire was brought on as much by a lack of Test matches for Sri Lanka in 2013, as his non-selection for the first Test against Bangladesh. Apart from the two home Tests in March, Sri Lanka only have one away tour to Zimbabwe during the year, which Samaraweera was unlikely to attend in any case, before the year-end tour to Pakistan. A proposed series against South Africa was postponed to 2015.

"I may not have retired so early if the Test series against West Indies and South Africa had not been postponed because as a cricketer you'd always want to play against the number one team which is South Africa at the moment."

Samaraweera will leave for England next week to represent county side Worcestershire during the 2013 season. "I will take a decision at the end of the English season whether to retire from first-class cricket," he said.

His international career comes to a close after a woeful tour of Australia, where he made 79 runs in six innings. He reclaimed form in Sri Lanka's first-class competition since then, hitting 464 runs at 92.8 in four matches. Samaraweera was originally left out of Sri Lanka's preliminary Test squad for the Bangladesh series, but was later called into that squad when Mahela Jayawardene's finger injury ruled him out of the series. He could not find a place in the final 16, however.

In a letter to media, Samaraweera thanked the coaches, clubs, team-mates and family who had supported him through his career, and laid out the reason for his retirement. "Although I have not lost the power of my passion to make a comeback, my ethics of reasoning does not interest me to do so at this hour where the obvious focus should be to find a balance in the prospects we have for the future," he said.

Samaraweera has played 81 Tests, and scored 5462 runs at 48.76, with 14 hundreds. He was primarily an offspinner at the beginning of his domestic career, but transformed himself into a secure, if dour, middle-order batsman, in order to break into the Sri Lanka side in the time of Muttiah Muralitharan. He also played 53 ODIs, but his conservative style of play never made him a natural fit for the shorter formats, even after he began improving his stroke range later on in his career.

Samaraweera's Test career has had several starts, most notably when he came back from being shot during the 2009 Lahore attack on Sri Lanka's team bus, after he had made double-hundreds in back-to-back Tests in Pakistan. Samaraweera had surgery to remove the bullet which had travelled 12 inches into his thigh, and underwent months of physical and psychological therapy, before returning to the Test side four months later.

He was dropped for more than a year in 2006, and again for one series in 2011, but he returned triumphantly from his second layoff to play his most memorable Test innings - a first innings 102 which enabled Sri Lanka to win their first Test in South Africa, in Durban.

Though he had received a central contract from SLC, Sri Lanka's selectors had expressed a desire to build a youthful Test side in 2013, and was unlikely to play a major role in what little Test cricket Sri Lanka had scheduled.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY haq33 on | March 6, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    A proper cricketer indeed. We still feel such sorrow over the shooting that so badly injured and shook you personally as well as the entire brotherly nation of Sri Lanka. Everyone in Pakistan who follows cricket admires your classy technique and respects the many fine innings against some of our best bowlers in recent times. I wish you had had better luck and that your board had treated you a bit better. It is sad to see you hung out to dry like this but we all wish you the very best. I don't think SL youngsters are quite ready to go forwards without some key middle order stalwarts to hold things together for the time being. We shall see.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | March 9, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Thanks a lot for your contribution to Sri Lankan cricket and enjoy your retirement.

  • POSTED BY on | March 9, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Happy Retirement Thilan!: You were the mainstay of SL Test cricket: Stolid, unrelenting, and, so mentally disciplined. Hope the youngsters follow your example. Best wishes!

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    One of the best test player sri lanka ever produced.

  • POSTED BY baskar_guha on | March 8, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    My favorite Sri Lankan of recent times. A ready smile hid a determined and skilled cricketer. Live long and well, Samaraweera!

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Retirement in right time..... Matured decision, Srilankan cricket team is going to miss him badly.... Hope he will join shortly as a coach, member of selector or commentator.

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    great decision by samaraveera he is 36 good time to retire maybe tendulkar can see this and retire already

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | March 8, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    One of the Best Test Batsmen to represent SL. Elegant and technically sound Batsmen. He has the third highest average (48.76) for SL, who scored more than 5000 runs (After Kumar and Mahela). He has a outstanding record both home and away compared to other SL batsmen. It will be quite hard to find a player like this. He could have played for SL at least 2 more years. Nobody had a good tour in Australia. At the same time this might be the end of the road for the Best Wicketkeeper in the world (Prasanna Jayawardhana). He also have a good record. 52 matches 1900 runs @ 30.64 with 4 centuries and 4 fifties 97 catches and 32 stumps.

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | March 8, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Sad way to go. His average of 47 indicates he was a reasonably solid player. Thing is when you replace a player like that, you should have someone who seems to have the temperament to stay and grit it out. Does Sri Lanka have someone like that? Let's wait and see.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Best wishes to him for the future. Great player

  • POSTED BY haq33 on | March 6, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    A proper cricketer indeed. We still feel such sorrow over the shooting that so badly injured and shook you personally as well as the entire brotherly nation of Sri Lanka. Everyone in Pakistan who follows cricket admires your classy technique and respects the many fine innings against some of our best bowlers in recent times. I wish you had had better luck and that your board had treated you a bit better. It is sad to see you hung out to dry like this but we all wish you the very best. I don't think SL youngsters are quite ready to go forwards without some key middle order stalwarts to hold things together for the time being. We shall see.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | March 9, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Thanks a lot for your contribution to Sri Lankan cricket and enjoy your retirement.

  • POSTED BY on | March 9, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Happy Retirement Thilan!: You were the mainstay of SL Test cricket: Stolid, unrelenting, and, so mentally disciplined. Hope the youngsters follow your example. Best wishes!

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    One of the best test player sri lanka ever produced.

  • POSTED BY baskar_guha on | March 8, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    My favorite Sri Lankan of recent times. A ready smile hid a determined and skilled cricketer. Live long and well, Samaraweera!

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Retirement in right time..... Matured decision, Srilankan cricket team is going to miss him badly.... Hope he will join shortly as a coach, member of selector or commentator.

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    great decision by samaraveera he is 36 good time to retire maybe tendulkar can see this and retire already

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | March 8, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    One of the Best Test Batsmen to represent SL. Elegant and technically sound Batsmen. He has the third highest average (48.76) for SL, who scored more than 5000 runs (After Kumar and Mahela). He has a outstanding record both home and away compared to other SL batsmen. It will be quite hard to find a player like this. He could have played for SL at least 2 more years. Nobody had a good tour in Australia. At the same time this might be the end of the road for the Best Wicketkeeper in the world (Prasanna Jayawardhana). He also have a good record. 52 matches 1900 runs @ 30.64 with 4 centuries and 4 fifties 97 catches and 32 stumps.

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | March 8, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Sad way to go. His average of 47 indicates he was a reasonably solid player. Thing is when you replace a player like that, you should have someone who seems to have the temperament to stay and grit it out. Does Sri Lanka have someone like that? Let's wait and see.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Best wishes to him for the future. Great player

  • POSTED BY Jay.Raj on | March 7, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    I really don't know whats wrong with the cricket board. I think he is one of the better players overseas conditions. Its really a shame politics play a big part in cricket whereas in soccer NBA and NFL, NHL you dont see any politicians involved.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    I have not seen many innings he has played but has seen espncricinfo score card with good scores from him when situation demanded. He has played good innings against good attack like South Africa and Pakistan. It is sad to see him retire early. All the best Samaraweera.

  • POSTED BY praveen.bokka on | March 7, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Like his name "Samara Veera".. (War Fighter) well suited to his role in SLC team. Whenever I watched SL matches, he was always there to guard their inning and was always a fire fighter. Even after the getting shot in Pakistan, it was great to see him bouncing back.

    It was honour to watch you playing. I wish you Good Luck!

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    "Although I have not lost the power of my passion to make a comeback, my ethics of reasoning does not interest me to do so at this hour where the obvious focus should be to find a balance in the prospects we have for the future,"

    what a wise man , hats off to you sir.

  • POSTED BY Rooohan on | March 7, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    A cricketing gentleman and a classy player. Jayasuriya, you should have learned a thing or two from him.

  • POSTED BY iNsiDers on | March 7, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    SALUTE !!!

    from Pakistan

  • POSTED BY typical_late_cut on | March 7, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Hats off great man!!! good luck for u Thilan. you are one of the best performers for the Sri Lanka. never forget your blazing ton vs South Africa which help us to win first ever Test in Rainbow Nation. but I still believe you have some good 2 or 3 years still ahead to play for Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | March 7, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    well played sir, still remember your innings against the mighty Saffers at Durban

  • POSTED BY Sageleaf on | March 7, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    I feel really sad...is it the time to retire? only Thilan will know. But i think he can play few more games and evaluate and then retire. why is Sri Lanka cricket board treating players like this? I still remember how Sidath Wettimuny retired so unhappily. Then it was Marvan Attapattu...gosh the way board treated him...and Chaminda Vass...I don't think even Murali retired happily. All these guys have done so much to SL cricket. Now its Thilan...who is next may be Mahela and Sanga?. I also understand the we have to be professional about the whole issue and build up a team for the future. But the SL cricket board can do the right way at least from now on. Thilan no one could challenge the heart of true champion and you are one. Thanks giving everything to SL cricket. We love you very much and wish all the very best for future endeavors. I glad that you have left a slight hope of making a come back. Remember so many players have made a come back and even Michael Jordan did twice in NBA.

  • POSTED BY RDLikesCricket on | March 7, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Oops!!! One more technically sound soft spoken International Cricketer suddenly retires.... Last year VVS Laxman surprisingly retired on the eve of a test match and now Samaraweera... Good batsman who supported the SL Batting line up very well over the years.... Have a successful time ahead Mr. Samaraweera... Good luck..

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    "I never wanted a farewell match because if you're not good enough to be in the 15-man squad, there's nowhere in the world you can play in the first XI,"

    Hats off Samare.You are a good example for everyone. this man is one of is own kind.For me the most scenic player to watch in form. Don't get worried thilan.you are a true gentleman of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | March 7, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    SL cricket in blunder man ! Financial crisis for long time,a failed SLPL,Ranatunga vs Jayasurya crisis and now crisis of good relation with board & players. Seems much more to follow,Fasten your seat belt to watch it out.

  • POSTED BY Anwar-Lara on | March 7, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Indeed a very good test player.. the best part is that he refused to play the farewell test which a lot of people wont do.. well done !!

  • POSTED BY Samar_Singh on | March 7, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Though he was not the most elegant looking batsman, but he was a very good performer at #5, in fact the best SL have ever produced. Thanks Thilan for the entertainment .

  • POSTED BY PhaniBhaskar24 on | March 7, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    A man who has played 81 tests...& known to very few? Except for 102 against SA, nothing is eye catching from him....Good Bye

  • POSTED BY oshadaud on | March 7, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    Right decision at right time. one of the most technically sound batsmen Sri Lanka have ever produced. came into the test team as a off-Spinner & then settled as a solid middle order batsman since the very first test inning with memorable debut hundred against India at SSC in 2001. your cover drives never will be forgotten by everone. "Thank You Thilan" for everything that you have done for Sri Lankan cricket. Wish u all the best for your future.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    One of Sri Lanka's greatest ever. They needed him against Pakistan and Sth Africa. Poor form on the part of SLC and ICC for not giving Sri Lanka more tests in the calender year which has lead to a good player hastening his retirement

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | March 7, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    He's one of the best Lankan Test batsmen I've ever seen. Lanka & Asian cricket needed his service but T20-mania deprived him to continue his career.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    He was one of the few good test cricketers we have had. Hats off to him for not taking the offer of the farewell test during the 2nd test between bangladesh and SL. shows what he is made off. I think he will have a wonderful season with Worcestershire which might open an opportunity for him to play a bit of first class cricket outside in other countries. Samaraweera. His got the highest average in tests for sri lanka over the last 5 years with 55+. Sri Lanka will miss him. SLC should be clear in what they want. they first leave him to focus on youth and tell him he will be back in jan 2014 against pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Dear Thilan, this comment is to say "thank you" to what you provided us during your career.

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | March 7, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    A timely decision from a very good test cricketer who has the stats to prove it and an example to others who cling on only to be thrown out unceremoniously.He would definitley have been an asset to the team which is in the process of re-building a team for the future.However,thanks to the unwise decision of SLC cancelling major test tours by South Africa and Windies his decision is justified as it is no big deal playing against the minnows B'desh and Zimbabwe and accumalating runs only for the purpose of improving the stats. Thank you for serving Sri Lanka Cricket when it was badly needed adding strength to the very brittle middle order. We are aware that you should have played for SL long before but the usual politics kept you out for a long time. Good luck Thilan in your future endeavours.

  • POSTED BY shantiratnamaj on | March 7, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    it is an endorsement Jayasuriya has learnt a lesson..SJ wanted to play even when he was 40 but now he knows the impact of that selfishness. Thiland job well done but i would have preffered if you hnaged your boots right after the Australia Series!

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Clearly emotions clouded his retirement decision and this is not i am saying because I am Pak fan and he was too good against us and no doubt he was a greater fighter and true gentleman but due to the reason that, when will SLCB bring in the young blood. Series against BD is the best chance for SL youngsters to be tested plus SLCB can afford experimentation at this point of time. Its just the matter of year or so that some senior will start announcing their retirements like sanga,mahela,dilshan and before that SL must have to prepare their replacements. In my opinion he could have been waited for SL-Pak series where his service was surely required. Anyway best of luck for the future and thanks for your service to World Cricket.

  • POSTED BY ms2000 on | March 7, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    Good decision. At 36 years nost much one could do in Cricket. The reflections gets slower by the day. Yes he was right in his decision which sets an example for the others who think they can play forever! A graceful Cricketer he was and stepped down gracefully. Thank you for your great service for the country.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | March 7, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Shocked. He was one of the best batsman on the team (par Sangakkara) and I rate him higher than Mahela anyday. Most people should know that he may not have been consistent, but on the hardest and toughest of pitches, he always ended up doing well. 2 Centuries in South Africa vs Steyn,Morkel, and Philander is a testament to that

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    I am an Indian, but I love and appreciate how Samaraweera played his cricket. He is a fantastic cricketer with immense passion for test cricket. Wish you to have a lovely time post retirement.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    very sad story.....good luck mr.thilan samaraweera................

  • POSTED BY timtom on | March 7, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    though not a fan of batting really liked the way he stayed in crease for a long time... One bad series and he is out...He easily had at least 2-yrs of good cricket left in him.

  • POSTED BY hotcric01 on | March 7, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    A great talented player and a true gentleman in cricket.I always appreciate your decent and humble behavior.Your century at Durban in 2012 is one of excellent match winning innings I have ever watched.There are no so many sub continent batsmen in history who played such a great against one of most dangerous bowling attack .Your technically correct , elegant stroke play was delight to watch and not easy to replace a batsman like you.Wish you have a better future!

  • POSTED BY EGWdxb on | March 7, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Dear Samare....

    Hats off to you on your decision. Now Please dont go to Politics.. Be a Match referee or a Umpire and make our country proud like Dharmasena, Mahanama or Madugalle.

    A true Gentleman on Gentleman's game..

  • POSTED BY xrocks on | March 7, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    After VVS and Mike Hussey, this is the third shocking retirement in the past 6 months. Though Punter too retired but it was expected. But the most shocking for many cricket lovers was the retirement of Sachin from odi's but it was a delayed decision by over an year and half after the WC win as far as I am concerned.

    Samraweera was one of the better players of spin and was amazing in the subcontinent.His amazing comeback after the terror attacks in which he took a bullet to his thigh was one of the best inspirational stories. SL will miss him surely for some time.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Thank you for your service sir! Gratitude for being the strength and the confidence of our test middle order! Good Luck to you!

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | March 7, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    I think the board should get him as our batting coach. He has solid technique and i think the youngsters will learn a lot from him.

  • POSTED BY ReverseSweepIndia on | March 7, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    he was very gritty and lion hearted performer. Though he do not had tons of talent (if you could live on talent alone, Rohit Sharma would have been next Bradman), he was mentally very tough and I never saw him wilt. Samarweera was rare breed of players who thrive in pressure situations and thats what made him precious. He did not get fair treatment from selectors, never. Best of luck for your future.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    You really made an example of how a cricketer should behave, sri lanka will loose another one of their good batsmen, hats off to you Mr. Samaraweera.

  • POSTED BY SKeshan on | March 7, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    good option by samarweera to retire quick without playing another few years its a good option to give a chance to young cricketer a chance all i say is thank you samarweera

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    We highly appreciate the way you retired as a high class test player with a formidable average unlike the recent test players who retired with the government patronage by having farewells.

    In fact, you brought credit to our school, Ananda.

    Best wishes from us.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Hats off to one of sri lanka's best batsmen. He was overshadowed by some of the other players in the team. In test cricket, he held the batting order for such a long time , yet nobody noticed. But I rly do think selectors could have done something better with him for the next two years...there is still alot of cricket left in this guy.

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | March 7, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Indika de Saram, Duleepa S'weera [brother of Thilan],…), while risky reckless batters that had no control over their stroke play were allowed 600-400 International innings, S'weera was allowed 160 odd innings only. Though he is the most ideal number 3 batsman, he has always been sent to bat at very odd places, in his entire career. In his very 1st International match he was asked to bat No. 11 though he was a rare breed of batsmen that won the Best Schoolboy cricketer of the year award twice in 94 & 95. Though at times he was dropped from the Team to entertain players (that went after politicians) very much inferior to him (S'weera) in skills & class he's a bat that has never allowed his Test batting average to drop below 40 mark at any stage of Test career. In 2003 he was dropped to make way for a henchman, at a time, when his Test Bat Ave was around 80. It was similar to A'pattu's case in 2007 WC. It is this kind of low grade Jokers we have had in SL.(Stats Courtesy Cricinfo)

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | March 7, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    The Front-line batters have to be consistent. The Consistency can be maintained only by those players who have proper skills and technique. The local selectors of last 25 years haven't given due respect for such players maintained consistency throughout their careers, instead they entertained and overvalued risky reckless hitters for that one single big innings, they score once in a blue moon, (risky, reckless strokes played, number of straight forward chances given have never been taken into account) (consistency of these henchmen have always been 1 out 5 innings played or more). Mainly due to the incompetency of J&Ps in office for the last 25 years. The players of Samraweera's class (Tennekone, RoyD, Madugalle, Mahanama, Hashan, Attapattu, …,) have been considered as unimportant even in the Test Team and still several other similar brilliant schoolboy Crickters were unable to or hardly represented the Country (Sajith Fernando, Varuna Waragoda, Lanka de Silva, 2 B CNTD

  • POSTED BY Engee on | March 7, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    Samaraweera was always under the shadows of his more flamboyant team mates, but this guy has real grit and a test batsman of the classical mode. He is one of only 2 batsmen from the sub-continent to get back-to-back test hundreds in SA other being Sachin.

  • POSTED BY nilb on | March 7, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    Always believes this guys is a cricketer in the same caliber as Jayawardena or even better. He captained Ananda against Nalanda who was captained by Mahela in 66th big match. He won the schoolboy cricketer of the year award not Mahela. He never had even half of the opportunities Mahela has got in international cricket. Probably since he was considered too slow as a batsmen for limited overs and there was never a place in the team for him. Any was sad to see the end of a career of yet another underused talented player :(

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | March 7, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    @Chris_P, thanks a lot. Yes his poor record against Aussies simply shows why Sri Lanka has done so badly against Aussies in tests both home and away. He is apparently planning to migrate to Australia soon as the news is that he has already received permanent residency in Australia.

    I feel Sanga should be the last to quit tests. Dilshan will also quit tests soon. No idead what is Mahela's plan. Anyway, we wont have any real test until we face Pakistan in December this year.

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | March 6, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    A true test purist batsman and loyal servant to sri lanka cricket, would have loved to see one final test but regardless a fine career. Sll the best Thilan Samareweera.

  • POSTED BY Aristotle01 on | March 6, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    @jonathanjosephs: YOU have it wrong there, mate, Sachin scored two centruries against SA on the previous tour in 2010-11 , at a higher average. Lets not get ahead of our selves by calling him incredible!! He was adour but gritty batsman, who was a fantastic player in SL and Pak conditions. Never aesthic., but he was a very conistent if slow run scorer in these two countries. a good player overall, better than SSC-bully Mahela. Thilan deserves to be called better than Mahela. What say my dear SL friends??:) He was lukewarm away, as he averaged only 27 in ind, 28 in Eng and 30 in Aus, and 30 odd in WI but he was always ready to guts it out even if he did not have the strokeplay or lot of talent. fifth best batsman from SL after aravinda, Sanga, jayasuriya, and dilshan. Ahead of Marvan and Mahela. Lion Hearted player with a great smile. Soft spoken Nice man too, like most SL players. this was an honest and true tribute to THILAN. whats say SL friends? Criicinfo please publish

  • POSTED BY pandude1 on | March 6, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    he should be shocked when he was allowed to play whole three test matches in Aus ahed of many young talents....

  • POSTED BY Always_pakistan on | March 6, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    A very nice person and a good batsman best of luck in the future.

  • POSTED BY Rici737 on | March 6, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    After glancing over all these comments,,, now I am convinced natural born cricketer & Mr. Decent (Thilan Samaraweera) was born in the wrong part of the world. You must have been a very full-blooded, mental attitude and intelligent person to bear all these unreasonable treatments by the Sri Lanka Cricket board. Wish you lots of successes for your future aspects "Sir Thilan Samaraweera"

  • POSTED BY SLkrishan on | March 6, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Gentleman cricketer and a pillar of the Sri Lankan middle order..It's the right decision at the right time..Thank you for your service, we will miss you..

    "I never wanted a farewell match because if you're not good enough to be in the 15-man squad, there's nowhere in the world you can play in the first XI,".. "I didn't want to be selfish and deprive a youngster of his place by requesting to play in a farewell Test." ... cricketers around the world take note of the above..

  • POSTED BY ThemanID on | March 6, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Respect to him for being unselfish. From an Indian fan

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | March 6, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    We didn't see the best of him in 2 tours down under averaging 17 over 6 tests. His performances in home tests is impressive, but transition plans have to be implemented at some point otherwise, in SL's case, they will lose 3 or 4 of their most experienced players almost at once so something had to happen in preparation. Good luck with his future.

  • POSTED BY MilroyL.S.A.Don on | March 6, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Thilan we love you for being so honest and for being a real man...

    "I never wanted a farewell match because if you're not good enough to be in the 15-man squad, there's nowhere in the world you can play in the first XI," the 36-year-old Samaraweera said. "I didn't want to be selfish and deprive a youngster of his place by requesting to play in a farewell Test."

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Thilan you will be missed in our middle order. Yes, the time was right to leave.

    This day and age very people do the right thing. Farewell games are only for some people and NOT for those with integrity.

    Best of luck in your future endeavors.

  • POSTED BY Dhushan on | March 6, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    My country has had many talented cricketers & quite a few who have done much better than Thilan. But I doubt that anyone else would have come back to play cricket for his country after being shot while representing the country. Just for this reason sir, I salute you. Thilan Samaraweera......you are my hero

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | March 6, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Since Philander has made his debut for South Africa, every side that has toured South Africa has been shot out for some under 100 score in Tests. Sri Lanka were the only team to not have that done and that was only because of this man. I believe the statsguru says that that tour was the best tour for any subcontinent batsman in history touring South Africa, and that was against the likes of Philander, Steyn, Morkel, and De Lange. Incredible batsman... will be waiting for a statsguru comparison/contrast on his career soon

  • POSTED BY faizan_feroz on | March 6, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    as i said earlier and mentioned in this article , he along with sanga are pakistan's biggest nightmares , he will be missed , good luck for your future :)

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | March 6, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    A great player for Sri lanka. He deserves a farewell to his international career.

  • POSTED BY ARad on | March 6, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Samaraweera is a different kind of Sri Lankan batsman, more of an old fashioned Test batsman than the highly inconsistent flashers such as the Tharangas or even the overrated Jayasuriyas (compare the discrepancy between Jayasuriya and Samaraweera's career averages in Tests). He has contributed with a few critical innings even in the ODIs but was never given a long run in that format, the selectors always preferring certain kind of players for their style and potential (the Kapugedaras & Mubaraks) rather than real contributions. Still, this is a career that many can only dream of. Good luck in your future endeavors.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    I've looked at his statistics and they indicate that he\s a very good player indeed. Sri Lanka has lost a very good batsman. Good luck to him in the future. And I wish Sri Lanka to find a good enough replacement for him in the future. Samaraweera has been an under appreciated valuable asset for the Sri Lanka team. I congratulate you Samaraweera on a very good Test career. From India. :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Still remember his 1st test hundred and then later on quite a few. Sad day. Enjoyed the dourness. Enjoyed Samaraweera.

  • POSTED BY Barathajaya on | March 6, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Great cricketer and greater human being. I was fortunate to meet him in one of the dinner functions when he was touring Bangladesh and realized how humble he is irrespective of the money and the fame. Wish you best of luck in future endeavors.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    One of the best middle order batters produced by Sri Lanka Hats off to you Thilan....This is the correct time to say goodbye....We need to developed young players likes of Lahiru Thirimanne,Kithruwan Vithanage,Roshen Silva and Angelo perera ...Should have played the farewell match ....

  • POSTED BY dbping on | March 6, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Farewell to thilan. He was a real rock in the Srilankan middle-order. And before people start jumping the gun, please dont pay attention to trolling comments. Informed indian cricket supporters know Srilanka is a good team and Thilan was a really good player

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | March 6, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    one of my favorite test batsmen in the last decade or so, nothing fancy about his approach, but i liked his attitude, grit and determination, especially when sri lanka were in trouble.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    well i think this is the time to say good bye

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | March 6, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    he is similar to vvs laxman of india same with him until 2008 india selectors never treated him well but samavera is good player and congrats for ur carrier and all the best and enjoy familly lifr

  • POSTED BY simon_w on | March 6, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    congratulations on a fine career in the face of no small adversity. always a fine and under-rated cricketer. didn't Thilan Samaraweera sign for Worcestershire for the English summer this year?

  • POSTED BY Uppercut07 on | March 6, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Farewell Thilan "the machine gun" Samaraweera! Thanks for the Entertainment!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    one of the best test player in sri lanka squad miss him now hats off samarawera...

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | March 6, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    yes, he was an under rated batsman, but not by the opposition ,but by the SL board persons.previously ,he was not treated well by mendis , and now by this panel of selectors.he was a true champion, a great batsman . i fail to understand, mahela, sanga and samara were almost in the same age group, having similar batting averages, but he was the only one among those 3 ,who was neglected on many occasions despite after giving performances and only his age was been considered by mendis for selection,saying that he ( mendis ) wanted to build a team for the future . finally he had to give it up in an un usual manner,he atleast deserved a farewell , is'nt he ????????.

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | March 6, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    I really like him as a solid, compact TEST batsman.He is really a gentle man of cricket with his calm attitude.Happy farewell to him from a cricket loving fan of Bangladesh.Hope some day he would be appointed as our batting coach.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    m also shocked to hear this....he was good player for SriLanka cricket....best of luck in future ( wishes from Pakistan )

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    You are one of the most under-rated batsmen. The kind whose value is known only to the team but not the world. Goodluck to you player!

  • POSTED BY rajithwijepura on | March 6, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Hats off Samare.... Srilankan Cricket surely missed your middle order stabilizing act.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Definitely he is a fine player. His silent service to SL cricket has been tremendous. Pushing here and there without being recognized has made him to " Retired Hurt" Farewell, the great player and true gentleman.Well played and well behaved Thilan!

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | March 6, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Well, I am glad SLC offered him a farewell test. I think he should have taken it. Perhaps the selectors were going to play him against Pakistan, a much stronger bowling attack. But it is a fairly long wait. SO, his decision to retire now is understandable, and not playing a farewell test at the expense of a young guy is admirable! I have said this before. I think he is a hugely underrated cricketer. As a test batsman, I would put him well ahead of Mahela. Happy retirement, Thilan!

  • POSTED BY CRIC89 on | March 6, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Miserable end to a fabulous and memorable career of a great cricketer. Thilan stabilized a brittle middle order in late 2000s. It is unfair to drop him when he is in a great form later in the domestic season. In horrid situations he stood tall to save the team in defeats. He should have a better farewell than this. It is really unfair dropping him.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | March 6, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Tnx for everything you've done for our country. Good bye Champ !!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Thank you for your service to our country. You are a real gentlemen. May triple gem bless you!!!.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Good bye Thilan. SL cricket will going to miss u a lot. We never forget ur memorable knock in Durban. Best wishes...!!

  • POSTED BY IG123 on | March 6, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Good decision from Samaraweera without being selfish, unlike the current chief selector who didn't know his expiry date and a certain 35 year old T20 pretender who is still playing T20I.

    Farewell Thilan 'Bullet' Samaraweera

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | March 6, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Everyone should respect his decision. But I feel he should have been selected for the first test against bd considering the absence of mahela. He should have been given better treatment by the lankan management. The cricketing world will miss you samara

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    One of the most underrated batsmen in the last decade. His two centuries in the SA tour speaks the quality Samaraweera possessed as a genuine Test batsmen. Farewell Samaraweera!

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    One of the most underrated batsmen in the last decade. His two centuries in the SA tour speaks the quality Samaraweera possessed as a genuine Test batsmen. Farewell Samaraweera!

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | March 6, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Everyone should respect his decision. But I feel he should have been selected for the first test against bd considering the absence of mahela. He should have been given better treatment by the lankan management. The cricketing world will miss you samara

  • POSTED BY IG123 on | March 6, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Good decision from Samaraweera without being selfish, unlike the current chief selector who didn't know his expiry date and a certain 35 year old T20 pretender who is still playing T20I.

    Farewell Thilan 'Bullet' Samaraweera

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Good bye Thilan. SL cricket will going to miss u a lot. We never forget ur memorable knock in Durban. Best wishes...!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Thank you for your service to our country. You are a real gentlemen. May triple gem bless you!!!.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | March 6, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Tnx for everything you've done for our country. Good bye Champ !!!

  • POSTED BY CRIC89 on | March 6, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Miserable end to a fabulous and memorable career of a great cricketer. Thilan stabilized a brittle middle order in late 2000s. It is unfair to drop him when he is in a great form later in the domestic season. In horrid situations he stood tall to save the team in defeats. He should have a better farewell than this. It is really unfair dropping him.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | March 6, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Well, I am glad SLC offered him a farewell test. I think he should have taken it. Perhaps the selectors were going to play him against Pakistan, a much stronger bowling attack. But it is a fairly long wait. SO, his decision to retire now is understandable, and not playing a farewell test at the expense of a young guy is admirable! I have said this before. I think he is a hugely underrated cricketer. As a test batsman, I would put him well ahead of Mahela. Happy retirement, Thilan!

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Definitely he is a fine player. His silent service to SL cricket has been tremendous. Pushing here and there without being recognized has made him to " Retired Hurt" Farewell, the great player and true gentleman.Well played and well behaved Thilan!

  • POSTED BY rajithwijepura on | March 6, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Hats off Samare.... Srilankan Cricket surely missed your middle order stabilizing act.