Tillakaratne Dilshan

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Tillakaratne Dilshan
තිලකරත්න දිල්ෂාන්
Tillakaratne Dilshan portrait.jpg
Personal information
Full name Tillkarathne Mudiyanselage Dilshan
Born (1976-11-23) 23 November 1976 (age 37)
Kalutara, Sri Lanka
Nickname Dilee, Mr. Pallekele
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm off spin
Role All rounder
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 30 August 2014 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no. 23
T20I debut 15 June 2006 v England
Last T20I 20 May 2014 v England
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 87 288 230 401
Runs scored 5,492 8,472 13,910 12,445
Batting average 40.98 37.99 39.07 39.25
100s/50s 16/23 17/38 38/59 25/62
Top score 193 160* 200* 188
Balls bowled 3,385 4,712 6,399 6,631
Wickets 39 80 89 125
Bowling average 43.87 46.78 35.71 41.65
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/– 107/1 355/23 187/8
Source: ESPNricinfo, 30 August 2014

Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan (Sinhala: තිලකරත්න මුදියන්සේලාගේ දිල්ෂාන්; born October 14, 1976 in Kalutara, Sri Lanka) is a Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team.[1] Dilshan made his Test and ODI debut during the Sri Lankan cricket team's tour to Zimbabwe in 1999.[2] 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. He was also a key member of the team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the team that made the finals of 2007 Cricket World Cup, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20.

Personal life[edit]

Dilshan was born in Kalutara to a family of a Malay father and a Sinhalese mother. He had his education at Kalutara Vidyalaya, Kalutara, where he started his cricket career as a teenager. Dilshan converted from Islam to Buddhism[3] at the early age of 16, and was known as Tuwan Mohammad Dilshan before his conversion.

He is now married to Sri Lankan teledrama actress Manjula Thilini. Their marriage was celebrated in India during the 2008 IPL series. Dilshan has two daughters from his second marriage and a son from his first marriage. Dilshan's brother, Tillakaratne Sampath, is a first-class cricketer in Sri Lanka.[4]

Playing career[edit]

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.

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.

Tillakaratne Dilshan batting at Lord's 2011

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.

His highest score in One Day Internationals came against India at the Bellerive Oval in February, 2012. He is second only to Sanath Jayasuriya, by achieving 2 centuries over 150, as Sri Lankans, where Sanath has 4 150+ centuries.

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.

Retirement[edit]

Dilshan announced his retirement from Test cricket on 9 October 2013.[5] However he mentioned that he will continue to play in the shorter format of the game.

International Records[edit]

Bold ones are world records.

  • He is the second Sri Lankan to have 2 ODI centuries above 150, after Sanath Jayasuriya, where he has 4 scores above 150 in ODIs.[6]
  • Highest individual score in T20I by a Sri Lankan - Dilshan scored 104* against Australia in 2013.[7]
  • He is the second Sri Lankan and fifth overall to achieved hundreds in all forms of the game.[8]
  • Highest partnership (runs) in World Cup history - 282 for the first wicket by Upul Tharanga (133) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (144) against Zimbabwe in 2011.[9]
  • Highest opening partnership in World Cup history - 282 by Upul Tharanga(133) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (144) against Zimbabwe in 2011.
  • First 200 run opening stand in World Cup Cricket - 282 by Upul Tharanga(133) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (144) against Zimbabwe in 2011.[10]
  • He has the most number of catches in T20Is by a Sri Lankan - 25 in 62 matches.[11]
  • He has the highest runs scored in Lord's Cricket Ground by a Sri Lankan, where he scored 192 runs in 2013.[12]
  • Highest run scorer in 2009 ICC World Twenty20 held at England, who scored 317 runs in 7 matches with 3 half-centuries.[13]
  • Highest run scorer in 2011 Cricket World Cup, scored 500 runs in 9 matches with 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries.[14]

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

One Day International half-centuries[edit]

ODI half-centuries of Tillakaratne Dilshan
Runs Ball Against City/country Venue Year
[1] 53 73  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 1999
[2] 50 63  Bangladesh Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 2002
[3] 52 68  India Pune, India Nehru Stadium 2005
[4] 81* 67  India Ahmedabad, India Sardar Patel Stadium 2005
[5] 59 63  India Rajkot, India Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground 2005
[6] 82* 108  South Africa Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2006
[7] 66 59  Netherlands Amstelveen, Netherlands VRA Ground 2006
[8] 56 65  India Rajkot, India Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground 2007
[9] 58 76  South Africa Providence, Guyana, Guyana Providence Stadium 2007
[10] 70 84  England Dambulla, Sri Lanka Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium 2007
[11] 62* 59  India Canberra, Australia Bellerive Oval 2008
[12] 62 70  Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket ground 2008
[13] 64 54  West Indies Gros Islet, St Lucia Beausejour Cricket Ground 2008
[14] 56 74  India Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 2008
[15] 76 88  Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 2009
[16] 97 117  India Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 2009
[17] 61 84  India Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 2010
[18] 60* 45  Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 2010
[19] 78 66  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2010
[20] 71 51  Bangladesh Dambulla, Sri Lanka Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium 2010
[21] 50 59  Canada Hambantota, Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium 2011
[22] 73 93  New Zealand Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 2011
[23] 55 59  Australia Hambantota, Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium 2011
[24] 64 78  Pakistan Dubai, UAE Dubai International Cricket Stadium 2011
[25] 87 87  South Africa Kimberley, South Africa De Beers Diamond Oval 2012
[26] 51 72  India Brisbane, Australia The Gabba 2012
[27] 50 49  India Hambantota, Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium 2012
[28] 51 70  Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 2013
[29] 51 88  Australia Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2013
[30] 99 110  South Africa Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 2013
[31] 81 114  New Zealand Hambantota, Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium 2013
[32] 55* 72  New Zealand Hambantota, Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium 2013
[33] 53 50  New Zealand Dambulla, Sri Lanka Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium 2013
[34] 59 62  Pakistan Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 2013
[35] 88 101  England Chester-le-Street, England Riverside Ground 2014
[36] 71 109  England London, England Lord's 2014
[37] 86 90  South Africa Kandy, Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 2014
[38] 50* 55  Pakistan Dambulla, Sri Lanka Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium 2014

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

T20I Cricket Half-Centuries[edit]

T20I half-centuries of Tillakaratne Dilshan
Runs Balls Against City/country Venue Year
[1] 61 47  India Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 2009
[2] 53 32  Australia Nottingham, England Trent Bridge 2009
[3] 74 47  West Indies Nottingham, England Trent Bridge 2009
[4] 96* 57  West Indies London, England Kennington Oval 2009
[5] 57 28  New Zealand Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 2009
[6] 76 53  New Zealand Pallekele, Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 2012
[7] 74* 51  South Africa Hambantota, Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium 2013
[8] 59* 49  New Zealand Pallekele, Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 2013
[9] 55 47  England Chittagong, Bangladesh Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium 2013

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2011 Sinhawalokanaya Himself

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