Chennai: 'Retired hurt' is common parlance in cricket, but that is the name former Sri Lankan cricketer Roshan Mahanama chose for his biography, reflecting his feelings after he was not considered for selection in the One-dayers and Tests, following the team's disastrous showing in the 1999 World Cup.
The authorities told Roshan that he was dropped to groom young talent. But then players older than him found a place, and that hurt the veteran. As a matter of principle and self-respect he decided to hang up his boots. These facts are mentioned in the book 'Retired hurt,' penned by noted Australian sports chronicler Ken Piesse, based on 40 hours of taped narration on Roshan's experience on and off the field.
The book, which created a sensation in Australia, when it was released there two months ago, is to be released in India in April 2002, the book's publisher and Roshan's father, Upali Mahanama, told reporters in Chennai on Saturday.
According to Upali, Roshan Mahanama has also mentioned the controversy-ridden Sri Lankan tour of Australia where pace spearhead Glenn McGrath allegedly abused Sanath Jayasuriya in a match. The book has been translated in Sinhalese.