Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan (Sinhala: තිලකරත්න මුදියන්සේලාගේ දිල්ෂාන්; born October 14, 1976 in Kalutara, Sri Lanka) is a Sri Lankan cricketer known for his off side drives and is former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team. He has been a member of the team since November 1999, and was also known as Tuwan Mohammad Dilshan before his conversion to Buddhism. He is considered as one of the best innovative batsmen of all time with his match winning cricket shots that others could never do. 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.
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. He was also the leading run scorer in many bilateral and triangular series held after the World Cups.
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. However, Dilshan scored 193 runs against England at Lord's, where he broke the earliest record by highest score scored at Lord's by Sri Lankan.
Dilshan became the 4th player in international cricket that scored centuries in all forms of the game. During Australian tour of Sri Lanka in 2011, in twenty20 match he scored an unbeaten century of 104* from just 54 balls, becoming the 4th player to achieve that milestone after West Indian Chris Gayle, New Zealander Brendon McCullum, and fellow Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardena.
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.
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.
He is also regarded as one of the best fielders of the modern game, as Australian David Warner, Indian Virat Kohli, and South African AB de Villiers. He usually fields at the point region, where he is good at it.