Sri Lankan pacer Isuru Udana calls time on international cricket with immediate effect
Left-arm medium pacer Isuru Udana has called time on his international career. Sri Lankan Cricket Board confirmed Udana’s formal decision on Saturday. Earlier this month, Isuru Udana made his final appearance for Sri Lanka national cricket team in the second T20I against India at Colombo.
Isuru Udana made his T20 debut for Sri Lanka in 2009 ICC T20 World Cup in England. He went onto play five matches for the side including the grand finale against Pakistan at Lords Cricket Ground. In 2012, Isuru Udana made his limited-overs debut for Sri Lanka. The pacer had to wait for seven years to be recalled into the limited-overs squad.
After developing new set of skills with the ball, Udana became a regular in the ODI and T20 format for Sri Lanka. Later in his career, he became useful batsmen who could clear boundaries at will. The 33-year old performed well and played in various T20 Leagues being played around the world.
In ODIs, Isuru Udana represented Sri Lanka in 21 matches, in which he picked up 18 wickets at an average of 52.77. With the bat, Udana accumulated 237 runs at an average of 16.92 with one half-century to his name.
In the 35 T20Is played for Sri Lanka, Udana claimed 27 wickets at an average of 33.88 with an economy rate of 8.70. With the bat, Isuru Udana scored 256 runs at an average of 18.28 with one fifty to his name.
In the formal announcement, Udana expressed his pleasure over the support shown by colleagues and fans from Sri Lanka and across the globe. He said that the time was right to call it a day and allow youngster to make an impact for Sri Lanka at the international stage.
He further stated that it was an absolute honor and privilege to play for Sri Lanka at the highest level. He said that he showed immense passion and pride while playing white-ball cricket for the Islanders.