Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan is set to retire from Test cricket. Dilshan will hold a press conference on Thursday to explain his decision in further detail.

In a statement, Dilshan said: "I have taken this decision to allow Sri Lanka Cricket to groom another youngster in my place, I was to announce my retirement after the Zimbabwe Test series but unfortunately the tour was postponed."

The opener made his debut in 1999 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo and scored 163 in his second match.  Dilshan played 87 Tests and scored 5492 runs at an average of 40.98. 

Despite his decision to retire from the five-day game, Dilshan will continue to play in the shorter formats of the game. He said that he will talk to the selectors regrading the 2015 World Cup and whether he is in the plans of them. 

Dilshan has been the best fielder for Sri Lanka for many years. His career took a complete u-turn when he was asked to open the batting for the side.  

In the Indian Premier League, he has played for Delhi Daredevils in the past and is currently a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

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