Isuru Udana announces retirement from intl cricket at 33

Written by Sumit Seth

Sri Lanka left-arm seamer Isuru Udana has shocked the cricketing fraternity, announcing his retirement from international cricket effective immediately. Isuru Udana was part of Sri Lanka’s squad in their recent home series against India, featuring three ODIs and as many T20Is. However, the 33-year old will no longer feature in international cricket.

Isuru Udana made his T20I debut way back in 2009 against Australia at the T20 World Cup in Nottingham. Though he went expensive by conceding 47 runs, he took two wickets in the game of Brad Haddin and David Hussey. In the last few years, the veteran has been a handy option with the ball, mainly on the slower surfaces due to his cutters and other variations.

Udana, who made his ODI debut in 2012, is also a useful lower-order batsman, having scored a half-century each in Test and ODIs. Overall, Udana has 18 wickets in 21 ODIs at 52.77 and 27 scalps in 35 T20Is at 33.88. The veteran’s last match for Sri Lanka saw him bowl only one over, conceding seven runs.

Udana was also part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020, conducted in the UAE. The left-arm bowler went to the decorated franchise for INR 50 lakhs. Udana performed decently, taking eight wickets in 10 games at 35.25, maintaining an economy rate of 9.75.


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