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Siriwardena: I’m truly satisfied to help my country

  • Shashikala Siriwardena signed off in style with four for 16 in a memorable farewell appearance for Sri Lanka
  • Her haul in her final international match set Sri Lanka on their way to a nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh and earned her the Player of the Match award 
  • Siriwardena said she felt ‘truly satisfied’ to help her country end their campaign on a high 

Siriwardena, who has called time on her 17-year career following her country’s exit from the tournament, produced the ideal swansong as her four for 16 set Sri Lanka well on their way to a nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh.

Seeing their former captain pick up the Player of the Match award was an emotional moment for Sri Lanka after their first win, but Siriwardena says the key to her match-winning performance was treating it like any other game. 

“From the beginning of the day it was very hard as I knew I was playing my last game,” said Siriwardena.

“I was kind of nervous knowing I would be wearing national colours for the last time. It was pretty emotional, but I told myself it wasn’t the time to get emotional.

“I knew my contribution would be important so I told myself to not think about my retirement until the match ended. I really love to perform, but the main thing was getting the win for the team. 

“We knew we couldn’t go without a win. We knew we had the skill and the potential to be in the top four.

“I’m truly satisfied that I did something to help my country. I’ll miss being with these girls. I have spent more time with this team than with my family.”

(Courtesy: ICC)

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