A match-winning show and 17 years of memories – Shashikala Siriwardene signs off

“How do you leave behind the only life you’ve ever known,” Maria Sharapova wondered in her column for Vanity Fair as she called time on her illustrious 28-year career last week.

In team sports, that question perhaps rings with even greater poignancy, the act of walking away often requiring walking into an unknown without the security or support of team-mates you have shared the best part of your professional life with.

Shashikala Siriwardene, the Sri Lanka allrounder who retired after 17 years of international cricket on Monday, too, knew it be would be difficult…

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