Tillakaratne Dilshan

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Tillakaratne Dilshan
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Personal information
Full name Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan
Born (1976-11-23) 23 November 1976 (age 37)
Kalutara, Sri Lanka
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm off spin
Role Allrounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 80) 18 November 1999 v Zimbabwe
Last Test 16 March 2013 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 102) 11 December 1999 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 25 December 2013 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no. 23
T20I debut 15 June 2006 v England
Last T20I 13 December 2013 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996–1998 Kalutara Town Club
1997-1998 Singha Sports Club
1998–2000 Sebastianites C&AC
2000 Bloomfield C&AC
2007–present Basnahira South
2008–2010 Delhi Daredevils
2011–present Royal Challengers Bangalore
2012–present Basnahira Cricket Dundee
2013–present Dhaka Gladiators
2014-present Sydney Thunder
2013-present Tamil Union C&AC
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 87 274 226 378
Runs scored 5,492 7,969 13,701 11,590
Batting average 40.98 37.94 39.25 39.28
100s/50s 16/23 17/34 38/57 24/56
Top score 3 160* 200* 188
Balls bowled 3,38 4,496 6,255 6,139
Wickets 3 76 87 118
Bowling average 12.87 46.76 35.82 40.05
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/10 4/4 5/49 4/4
Catches/stumpings 88/– 102/1 352/23 181/8
Source: ESPNricinfo, 25 December 2013

Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan (Sinhala: තිලකරත්න මුදියන්සේලාගේ දිල්ෂාන්); born October 14, 1976 in Kalutara, Sri Lanka is a Sri Lankan cricketer and former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team.[1] He has been a member of the team since November 1999, and was also known as Tuwan Mohammad Dilshan before his conversion to Buddhism.[2] He is an aggressive right-hand batsman who invented the scoop, which has come to be known as a dilscoop, that hits the ball behind the keeper. He is also capable in bowling; his off breaks are mostly used in the one-day arena. Dilshan won the award of Twenty20 International Performance of the Year at the 2009 ICC Awards for his 96 off 57 balls against West Indies in the semi-final of the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England. He also won man of the series trophy for his individual batting performances in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

He was also a key member of the team that won the 2014 World T20 aswell as the team that made the finals of the 2007 World Cup, the 2011 World Cup and 2012 World T20

He is now married to Sri Lankan teledrama actress Manjula Thilini. The marriage was celebrated in India during the 2008 IPL series. Dilshan has a daughter from his second marriage and a son from his first marriage. Dilshan's brother, Tillakaratne Sampath, is a first-class cricketer in Sri Lanka.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Dilshan makes his first appearance for Sri Lanka in a Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. Makes just 9 in his only innings, but effects a run-out and takes two catches in the match.

Just ten days later on day three of the Harare Test, Dilshan scores an unbeaten 163. He shows admirable restraint as Zimbabwe curtail his favorite pull and cover drive and, although he plays and misses frequently, Dilshan bats for a minute under eight hours, facing 343 balls and hitting 18 fours.

After his successful debut Test series, Dilshan plays his first ODI also in Bulawayo. Batting at No. 6, he makes 35 from 49 balls in a washed-out encounter.

With just over two days remaining in Kandy, Sri Lanka have a window of opportunity, and in Dilshan, they have just the man to jump through it. It was four years on from his previous Test century, but you would not have known it from the way he bombards the off-side boundary with furious cuts and free-flowing drives. After the tentative tempo of the first three days, Dilshan's 100 from 129 balls represent a sudden breakout. In the end, however, England holds on for a gripping draw.

Four months after two teams went past 400 in an ODI Sri Lanka breaks that record against Netherlands in the unfamiliar surroundings of Amstelveen. Sanath Jayasuriya leads the way with a turbo-charged 157 off 104 balls while Dilshan flays the bowling with an equally crazy 117 off 79 balls, his maiden ODI century. After Jayasuriya goes, Dilshan takes up the charge and crashes boundaries to every corner of the ground.

Dilshan's all-round success seals a series win for Sri Lanka over Bangladesh in Chittagong. He sets up Sri Lanka with 162 and 143 and completes the job by wiping out the Bangladesh lower-order and finishing with figures of 4 for 10 to wrap up the series 2-0 and script the fifth-biggest margin of victory in Tests in terms of runs.

Dilshan's second ODI century, a mature unbeaten 137 off 139 balls as opener, helps Sri Lanka maul Pakistan in Lahore and seal another series win. Sri Lanka continues their experiment of opening with him and Dilshan battles through overcast conditions to compile his career-best score.

He paddles and nudged, occasionally plays the fierce cut, and only after his hundred does Dilshan opens up, slamming length deliveries and making room to carve the fuller ones over the off side.

Dilshan powers Sri Lanka to the final of the World Twenty20, smashing 96 off 57 balls, the tournament's highest score, against West Indies at The Oval. Despite his opening partner Jayasuriya struggling to 24 off 37, Dilshan leads his team to 73 in 10.3 overs. None of the others make more than 12 and Dilshan is responsible for nearly 61% of Sri Lanka's 158.

The match that proved path-breaking. Dilshan promoted to open the innings for the first time in Tests, races to 92 off 72 balls in the first innings and follows it up with a century in the second which helps his Sri Lanka set New Zealand an improbable target.

The manner in which he dominates also mirrored the ineffectiveness of New Zealand's bowlers and Daniel Vettori later admits the uneven contest shut his team out of the Test.

When India piles up a team-record 414 for 7 in Rajkot, it seems as though this too will be a depressing no-contest. But with a full-throttle approach their only option, Sri Lanka come out with genuine intent and no little menace.

Dilshan gets to his half-century from just 38 balls as 81 come from the first 10 overs, and to his ton from 73 balls. A master-class threatens to overhaul a massive target, but Dilshan's dismissal brings India back into the game and they win by a whisker.

Dilshan was the top run scorer in the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He scored 500 runs from nine One Day international innings with a best score of 144 runs against Zimbabwe. He scored two centuries, two half centuries, 61 boundaries and four sixes during the tournament which ended at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India in April 2011.

Immediately after the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, with Kumar Sangakkara stepping down as captain, Dilshan was appointed captain of Sri Lanka in all three formats of the game.

However, shortly after his appointment as captain, cricket fans and pundits in Sri Lanka questioned if he was the right man to lead Sri Lanka.

In December 2011, Sri Lanka registered their first ever Test wins in South Africa. This also became their first Test win under Dilshan's captaincy. However, after losing the Test series 2–1 and the subsequent ODI series 3–2, Dilshan resigned and was replaced by Mahela Jayawardene.

His highest score in One Day Internationals came against India at the Bellerive Oval in February, 2012.

He scored 160 not out off 165 balls. During this innings, he also shared a 200 run second run partnership with Kumar Sangakkara. This was the highest second wicket partnership for Sri Lanka in ODIs. Despite his performance Sri Lanka lost the match to India. He was 2012's second-heaviest scorer, with 1119 runs.


Dilshan announced his retirement from Test cricket on 9 October 2013.[4] However he mentioned that he will continue to play in the shorter format of the game.

Test centuries[edit]

The following table gives a summary of the Test centuries scored by Tillakaratne Dilshan.

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match number of the player's career
Test centuries of Tillakaratne Dilshan
Runs Match Against City/country Venue Year
[1] 163* 2  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 1999
[2] 100 11  England Kandy, Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium 2003
[3] 104 13  Australia Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2004
[4] 168 27  Bangladesh Colombo, Sri Lanka P. Saravanamuttu Stadium 2005
[5] 125 46  India Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2008
[6] 162 50  Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh Chittagong Divisional Stadium 2009
[7] 143
[8] 145 52  Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2009
[9] 123* 56  New Zealand Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2009
[10] 112 58  India Ahmedabad, India Sardar Patel Stadium 2009
[11] 109 60  India Mumbai, India Brabourne Stadium 2009
[12] 193 68  England London, England Lord's Cricket Ground 2011
[13] 101 80  Pakistan Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2012
[14] 121 81  Pakistan Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2012
[15] 147 83  Australia Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 2012
[16] 126 86  Bangladesh Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2013

One Day International centuries[edit]

ODI centuries of Tillakaratne Dilshan
Runs Match Against City/country Venue Year
[1] 116 94  Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands VRA Ground 2006
[2] 137* 155  Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2009
[3] 106 164  South Africa Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2009
[4] 160 167  India Rajkot, India Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground 2009
[5] 123 168  India Nagpur, India Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground 2009
[6] 104 172  Bangladesh Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh Shere Bangla National Stadium 2010
[7] 108* 179  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2010
[8] 110 188  India Dambulla, Sri Lanka Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium 2010
[9] 144 199  Zimbabwe Kandy, Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 2011
[10] 108* 201  England Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium 2011
[11] 160* 231  India Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 2012
[12] 106 234  Australia Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2012
[13] 119* 240  Pakistan Kandy, Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 2012
[14] 102* 250  New Zealand Kandy, Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 2012
[15] 113* 256  Bangladesh Hambantota, Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium 2013
[16] 125 258  Bangladesh Kandy, Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 2013
[17] 115* 266  South Africa Kandy, Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 2013

T20I Cricket Centuries[edit]

T20I centuries of Tillakaratne Dilshan
Runs Match Against City/country Venue Year
[1] 104* 33  Australia Pallekele, Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 2011



Year Title Role
2011 Sinhawalokanaya Himself


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