T.M. Dilshan

Tillakaratne Dilshan’s sorry stay with Derbyshire is over.After being left out of the side for the current LV County Championship match against Kent, the 38-year-old has gone home to Sri Lanka and will not be coming back, though elite performance director Graeme Welch says there are no hard feelings on either side.

Dilshan’s brief time as Derbyshire’s overseas signing has to go down as a huge failure. He scored only 69 runs in six Championship innings, hit one 50 in five NatWest t20 Blast games and averaged 8.66 in three Royal London Cup matches.

But he has the record of one of the greatest batsmen of his generation, with over 14,000 List A runs, just short of the same tally in the first-class game and eye-catching numbers in t20s. It just didn’t work out for him at Derbyshire and Welch said that could not be predicted. – [Derby Telegraph]