Hashan Tillakaratne

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Hashan Tillakaratne
Personal information
Full name Hashan Prasantha Tillakaratne
Born (1967-07-14) 14 July 1967 (age 49)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Batting style Left-handed
Role Middle order Batsman
Relations Ravindu Tillakaratne (son)
Duvindu Tillakaratne (son)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 45) 16 December 1989 v Australia
Last Test 24 March 2004 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 51) 27 November 1986 v India
Last ODI 7 April 2003 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Years Team
1987-2006 Nondescripts Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 83 200
Runs scored 4545 3789
Batting average 42.87 29.60
100s/50s 11/20 2/13
Top score 204* 104
Balls bowled 76 180
Wickets 6
Bowling average 23.50
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 1/3
Catches/stumpings 122/2 89/6
Source: [1], 9 February 2006

Hashan Prasantha Tillakaratne (born 14 July 1967, in Colombo) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and currently a politician.[1] He was a key member for 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team for Sri Lanka.

Cricket career[edit]

Hashan started playing cricket at D. S. Senanayake College, Colombo. As a schoolboy in 1986, he was selected to play against England B at Galle, scoring a century to save the match. He played in his first One Day International in November 1986 and subsequently made his debut in the Sri Lankan cricket team as a wicketkeeper-batsman in December 1989. He continued as a specialist batsman from December 1992.

He was part of the Sri Lankan cricket team that won the 1996 Cricket World Cup. He was dropped from the Sri Lankan Test and ODI teams after the 1999 Cricket World Cup, but returned to the Test team in 2001 following success in domestic first-class cricket, where he played for Nondescripts Cricket Club. He also returned to the ODI team in 2002–03. He became captain of the Sri Lanka Test team in April 2003, but won only one of his ten matches in charge. After losing 3–0 to Australia, he resigned in March 2004 and was not selected for Sri Lanka again.

In 1995, in an ODI against West Indies at Sharjah he went to become the first batsman in the world to score an ODI century when batting at number 7 position.Up to date, he remains the only Sri Lankan to have scored an ODI century when batting at number 7 position and still has the highest ODI score for Sri Lanka when batting at no 7 position.(100)[2]

Hashan Tillakaratne's test career performance graph.

Post-playing career[edit]

On 1 February 2005, the Sri Lankan cricket board appointed him Executive Director of Cricket-Aid, a body formed to provide relief following the December 2004 tsunami,[2] but he was suspended amid recriminations later that year.[3].

Following this he entered politics, joining the United National Party, and was appointed as the party's organiser for Avissawella constituency in Colombo. He continued his association with cricket serving on various SLC committees at the invitation of the newly appointed president, Arjuna Ranatunga. He was also granted an honorary life membership of the MCC in March 2008. In May, he was appointed the president of the Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers of Sri Lanka (ACUSSL) and the Sri Lankan cricket board appointed him as National Cricket Team Manager in July 2008. This appointment was subsequently vetoed by the Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge on the grounds that the SLC had failed to obtain his prior permission on the appointment.[citation needed]

In April 2011 he caused a furore by making public allegations that match fixing had been taking place in Sri Lankan cricket since 1992 and stated that he was prepared to divulge the information that he had about this to the ICC. His claims were also supported by former Sri Lankan Test captain Arjuna Ranatunga who claimed that there was corruption within the administration of the game.

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Hashan Tillakaratne

  • 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 Hashan Tillakaratne
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 116 28  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 1994
[2] 108 30  New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook 1995
[3] 115 32  Pakistan Faisalabad, Pakistan Iqbal Stadium 1995
[4] 119 34  Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 1995
[5] 126* 38  Zimbabwe Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 1996
[6] 103 41  Pakistan Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium 1997
[7] 136* 56  India Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2001
[8] 105 58  West Indies Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2001
[9] 204* 60  West Indies Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2001
[10] 104* 70  South Africa Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2002
[11] 144 71  New Zealand Colombo, Sri Lanka P. Saravanamuttu Stadium 2003

One Day International centuries[edit]

ODI Centuries of Hashan Tillakaratne
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 104 71  West Indies Mumbai, India Wankhede Stadium 1993
[2] 100 111  West Indies Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 1995


  1. ^ Tillakaratne to take fixing allegations to ICC.
  2. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 

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Preceded by
Sanath Jayasuriya
Sri Lankan Test cricket captain
Succeeded by
Marvan Atapattu