|Full name||Tillakarathne Mudiyanselage Dilshan|
14 October 1976 |
Kalutara, Sri Lanka
|Nickname||Dilee, Mr. Pallekele|
|Batting style||Right handed|
|Bowling style||Right arm off spin|
|Relations||Spouse - Manjula Thilini (m. 2008)|
|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||21 August 2016 v Australia|
|ODI shirt no.||23|
|T20I debut (cap 2)||15 June 2006 v England|
|Last T20I||17 March 2016 v Afghanistan|
|Domestic team information|
|1996–1998||Kalutara Town Club|
|1997–1998||Singha Sports Club|
|2011–2013||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|2012||Basnahira Cricket Dundee|
|2013–present||Tamil Union C&AC|
|2015–present||Guyana Amazon Warriors|
|Source: ESPNricinfo, 21 August 2016|
Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan, (Sinhalese: තිලකරත්න ඩිල්ෂාන්; born 14 October 1976) or popularly as Tillakaratne Dilshan, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team in all formats. Dilshan made his Test and ODI debut during the Sri Lankan cricket team's tour to Zimbabwe in 1999. He is regarded as one of the most innovative batsmen of the modern game. 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. An all-rounder, he is also a capable off-break bowler. He also was a test wicket-keeper.
Dilshan won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year award 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.
He is the fourth Sri Lankan and eleventh overall to score 10,000 ODI runs. And he is the third overall and first Sri Lankan to score 1,500 runs in Twenty20 Internationals, and first player to hit 200 fours in T20Is.
He is also regarded as a highly capable fielder. He usually fields at the point region.
Dilshan was under-estimated in cricket world as an ordinary player when he batted at number 6 and 7, unlike his revered teammates Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. When he gained the opening batting position, Dilshan became one of the finest cricketers in the world and a legend in modern cricketing history. His quick progression can be seen in his stats: after he moved to the opening position, he scored 21 ODI centuries and all his Test and T20I centuries.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Early career
- 3 Later career
- 4 Beyond Cricket
- 5 International Records & Achievements
- 6 Player statistics
- 7 Filmography
- 8 Awards
- 9 International Awards
- 9.1 Test Cricket – Man of the Series awards
- 9.2 Test Cricket – Man of the match awards
- 9.3 One-Day International Cricket – Man of the series awards
- 9.4 One Day Internationals - Man of the Match awards
- 9.5 Twenty20 International Cricket – Man of the series awards
- 9.6 Twenty20 International Cricket – Man of the match awards
- 10 References
- 11 Further reading
- 12 External links
Dilshan born on 14 October 1976 in Kalutara to a family of a Malay father and a Sinhalese mother. He had his first education at Jaffna Sinhala Madya Maha Vidyalaya in Jaffna for few years, and then at the Kalutara Vidyalaya, where he started his cricket career as a teenager. Dilshan converted from Islam to Buddhism at the early age of 16, and was known as Tuwan Mohammad Dilshan before his conversion. However, his childhood coach Ranjan Paranavitana said even though Dilshan carried a Muslim name, he and his brothers and sisters followed their mother's religion from their childhood and once his parents separated he officially changed his religion and name.
Dilshan was married to Nilanka Vithanage, and they have one boy- Resadu Tillakaratne. After divorcing Dilshan, Nilanka filed a case for giving monthly payments for the child's future, against Dilshan. He was issued with a notice to appear in court after 2011 Cricket World Cup, but he refused some of these notices. The case was later settled with Dilshan to pay about 200,000 LKR each month for his ex-wife and his son.
Dilshan 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 and one son from this second marriage. Their eldest daughter is Resandi Linama Tillakaratne, and second is Lasadi Dihasansa Tillakaratne. Their only son, Dihela Dinhath Tillakaratne, is the youngest.
Dilshan is a popular icon at home. So, he is very occasionally participated in many local events and television programs. He also appointed as a special judge in Sirasa Superstar, Generation 4. He also participated for many other entertainment events as well, due to his publicity through his wife being a former popular actress.
With the invention of his master stroke play-Dilscoop, Dilshan models his fashion line with the name 'Dil Scoop'.
On 23 October 2014, Dilshan opened a small-scale luxury hotel, named as "Hotel ‘D Pavilion Inn’", situated at Stafford Lane in Kirulapana. The hotel was opened by the presence of former president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse.
Dilshan played his test debut against Zimbabwe on 18 November 1999 at Bulawayo. He scored 9 runs on debut and was out lbw to a delivery off Henry Olonga. However, Dlishan managed to score his maiden test century at the Harare Sports Club in the second test between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. He scored an unbeaten 163* runs in the first innings and was awarded the player of the match award for his role in the Sri Lankan victory. Dilshan achieved his highest test score in England, where he scored 193 runs in the second test at the Lord's cricket ground, against England.
Dilshan's One-Day International debut also came during Sri Lanka's tour of Zimbabwe in 1999, where he scored 31 runs against Zimbabwe. His maiden ODI century came against Netherlands on 4 July 2006 where he smashed an unbeaten 117* runs along with Sanath Jayasuriya's 157 to help Sri Lanka post the highest ever ODI score of 443 runs.
Dilshan played almost all his international matches as a middle-order all-round batsman during his early years. However, by 2007, he was selected to open the batting with Sanath Jayasuriya in ODI game against India where he started to showcase himself as an attacking and threatening opening batsman. Since 2007, his stroke play has included a host of aggressive strokes which has allowed him to dominate the ODIs arena on many occasions. Currently he is slotted as the permanent opening batsman for Sri Lanka as well as operating as a handy right-arm off-break bowler in ODI matches.
Dilshan is credited for the creation of the Dilscoop, which he stumbled upon and then perfected, during the Indian Premier League 2009 tournament. His innovative stroke play is acknowledged by many commentators and pundits thereby earning the recognition of being known as one of the most aggressive batsmen of all time. Apart from his Dilscoop, Dilshan is a prolific player of width possessing the ability to hit nearly any delivery pitched outside the off-stump for runs, and has perfected a lethal cover drive against pace bowlers.
2011 Cricket World Cup
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.
However, his appointment as captain was questioned by cricket fans and pundits alike. Many wondered if he was the right man to lead Sri Lanka. While, Dilshan did score 193 runs against England at Lord's, and broke the record for the highest individual score made by a Sri Lankan at the venue, plus leading Sri Lanka to their maiden test win in South Africa. Losses to England, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa put strain on his captaincy which he relinquished in Jan 2012.
Dilshan became the 5th player in international cricket to score centuries in all forms of the game. During the Australian tour of Sri Lanka in 2011, Dilshan scored an unbeaten century of 104* from just 54 balls in the first Twenty20 match of the series, becoming the 5th player to achieve the milestone after West Indian Chris Gayle, New Zealander Brendon McCullum, Indian Suresh Raina and fellow Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardena and it is also the highest individual twenty20 international score by a Sri Lankan in the history. He scored the century from just 57 balls with 12 fours and 5 sixes. He achieved his century with a dilscoop hitting behind the wicket-keeper.
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. In 2012, he was ranked the second-highest ODI run scorer, with 1119 runs, behind his team-mate Kumar Sangakkara.
Dilshan announced his retirement from Test cricket on 9 October 2013. Dilshan retired from test cricket in 2013 with his last match being played against Bangladesh at the R. Premadasa Stadium. Dilshan played 87 test matches amassing 5,492 runs along with 16 centuries and 39 wickets.
On 16 December 2014, in his 300th One-Day International, Dilshan scored his 18th ODI century and also passed 9000 runs in ODIs. He became the 5th Sri Lankan cricketer and 15th overall to achieve this landmark. He also took 3 crucial wickets in the match against England and aided Sri Lanka's title claim as the winners of the tournament. He won both man of the match award and man of the series award.
2015 Cricket World Cup
On 26 February 2015, he scored an unbeaten 161 runs during the group stage match of 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup against Bangladesh. This was his highest individual score in an ODI and was the highest score by a Sri Lankan in Cricket World Cup history, a title previously held by Aravinda de Silva, who scored 145 runs against Zimbabwe in 2003. It was also the highest individual score without a six in ODI history and Dilshan's third score greater than 150. During his innings he shared a 206* run second wicket partnership with Kumar Sangakkara. This was the highest second wicket partnership for Sri Lanka in ODIs, but was surpassed in the following match between Sri Lanka and England by a 212* run stand between Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne.
On 1 March 2015, during a group match against England, Dilshan took his 100th ODI wicket by dismissing Gary Balance off his own bowling, thus becoming the third Sri Lankan to score 3000 runs and take 100 wickets after Jayasuriya and Aravinda.
Dilshan's teammates Sangakkara and Mahela retired from ODI cricket following Sri Lanka's loss to South Africa in the quarter finals. When asked about retirement, Dilshan stated that until Sri Lanka found a good opening bastman he would continue to feature in the shorter forms of the game for about 2 years or so. Dilshan got out without scoring in the quarter finals and Sri Lanka exited a World Cup without making the semi finals for the first time since 2003.
Dilshan was the second person after Sanath Jayasuriya to score more than 4000 ODI runs after the age of 35 and surpassed Jayasuriya's record of 4,142 runs in 2015.
On 9 November 2015, Dilshan became the highest run scorer for Sri Lanka in Twenty20 Internationals passing 1,493 runs of Mahela Jayawardena. With this feat, Dilshan also became the first Sri Lankan and third overall to pass 1,500 T20I runs, milestone achieved after Brendan McCullum, and JP Duminy. Currently he is only behind McCullum and Guptill by runs in T20Is.
During the third ODI against New Zealand on 31 December 2015, Dilshan smashed 91 runs to reach another milestone in his career. Dilshan surpassed 1202 runs by Jayasuriya as most runs by an opening bastman for Sri Lanka in a calendar year. Dilshan scored 1207 runs in the year 2015 with 4 hundreds and 6 fifties.
Dilshan finished 2015 ODI arena as the highest ODI run scorer for Sri Lanka and third highest of all-time list. During 25 ODIs played in 2015, Dilshan scored 1,207 runs with the average of 52.47 and strike rate of 90.75. The veteran of 39 years of age, Dilshan showcased incredible all-round ability and had no mercy for the bowlers for all nations, got 4 hundrerds and 6 fifties.
Dilshan was not totally success in 2016 Asia Cup, where Sri Lanka lost to Bangladesh and India to lost the way to finals. On 4 March 2016, against Pakistan, Dilshan reached another milestone by hitting 200 fours in all twenty20 internationals and first player to break 200 fours in T20Is.
|Dilshan's results in international matches|
On 1 August 2015, Dilshan and fellow Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan were appointed as the brand ambassadors for the Presidential Task Force to combat kidney disease by the President Maithripala Sirisena.
Dilshan publicly displayed his support to Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2015 Presidential Election which has received severe criticism from some of his fans. He did so by welcoming Mahinda Rajapakse to Maharagama for an election rally.
Dilshan is often considered as a cool headed cricketer with a smile on his face, even with opposition players. He has been known to videobomb fellow players such as Chris Gayle. But after a terrible disaster during the New Zealand tour of 2015-16, when Sri Lanka lost all three forms and lost the number one spot of Twenty20 team rankings as well, a Sri Lankan cricket fan at Eden Park after the second T20 match against New Zealand, was overheard asking Dilshan to retire from cricket immediately. Dilshan was somewhat angry at this and asked the fan, “Are you going to replace me?” The issue came on social media as well. After Dilshan landed in Sri Lanka, he stated to the media that he would know when to retire, just as he had in test cricket and Sri Lankans who are engaged outside the country must know their limits.
International Records & Achievements
Bold ones are World Records.
- He has the highest runs scored in Lord's Cricket Ground by a Sri Lankan, where he scored 192 runs in 2013.
- Highest partnership for the fifth wicket – 280 by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera against Bangladesh in 2005.
- He is the second Sri Lankan to have 3 ODI centuries above 150, after Sanath Jayasuriya, where he has 4 scores above 150 in ODIs.
- Highest individual score without a six in the innings - Dilshan scored 161* with only 22 fours against Bangladesh.
- Most Runs by a sub continent opener in a Bilateral ODI series away from home - Dilshan has scored 397 runs with 2 centuries and 1 half-century during Sri Lanka tour in New Zealand 2015.
- Dilshan also holds the record for most runs by a sub continent batsman in an ODI Tri series away from home Dilshan achieved this feat during CB Series in Australia 2011/12, where he scored 513 runs.
- Dilshan has scored the highest ODI runs by any batsman since the age of 35. - He has scored 4391 ODI runs scored after 35 years of age.
- Most runs as an opener for Sri Lanka in a calendar year - 1207 runs by Dilshan in the year 2015.
- Highest run scorer for Sri Lanka - Dilshan has scored 1,834 runs in 75 matches with average 29.58. He is second in the list of all time.
- Highest individual score in T20I by a Sri Lankan – Dilshan scored 104* against Australia in 2013.
- He has the most number of catches in T20Is by a Sri Lankan – 31 in 75 matches.
- Highest partnership for the first wicket – 124 by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya against West indies in 2009.
- Highest partnership for the fourth wicket – 104* by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Jeevan Mendis against Australia in 2011.
- Most number of 4s - 217 in 75 matches. He is the first player to achieve 200 fours.
- Highest individual score by a Sri Lankan - 161* by Dilshan against Bangladesh in 2015.
- Highest opening partnership (runs) – 282 by Upul Tharanga (133) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (144) against Zimbabwe in 2011.
- He is the second Sri Lankan and fifth overall to achieve hundreds in all forms of the game.
- Highest run scorer in 2009 ICC World Twenty20 held at England, who scored 317 runs in 7 matches with 3 half-centuries.
- Highest run scorer in 2011 Cricket World Cup, scored 500 runs in 9 matches with 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries.
- Most ducks in T20 Internationals - 9 ducks in 67 matches.
- He is the fourth Sri Lankan and eleventh overall to pass 10,000 ODI runs.
- He is the first Sri Lankan to score 1,500 T20I runs.
Test performance against each opponent
As of 16 March 2013: Until his retirement.
|Opponent||Matches||Innings||Not out||Runs||High Score||100||50||Average|
ODI performance against each opponent
|Opponent||Matches||Innings||Not out||Runs||High Score||100||50||Average|
|United Arab Emirates||2||2||0||30||24||0||0||15.00|
As of 21 August 2016.
Dilshan has 16 Test centuries, 22 One-Day International centuries, and 1 Twenty20 International century. He is the second Sri Lankan and fifth overall to achieve international centuries in all forms of the game.
|2011||Sinhawalokanaya - සිංහාවලෝකනය||Himself|
- ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year 2009
Test Cricket – Man of the Series awards
- In this table Ct., refers to the Catches.
|1||Bangladesh in Sri Lanka Test Series||2005||254 (2 Matches); 1 Ct.||Sri Lanka Won the series 2–0|
|2||Sri Lanka in Bangladesh Test Series||2008/09||366 (2 matches); 4 wickets. 3 Ct. 1 run out.||Sri Lanka Won the series 2–0|
Test Cricket – Man of the match awards
- In this table Ct., refers to the Catches.
|1||2nd Test – Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe Test Series||1999/00||1st Innings – 163* ; 1 Ct.||Sri Lanka Won by 6 wickets|
|2||2nd Test - Sri Lanka in Bangladesh Test Series||2008/09||1st Innings – 162 ; 2nd Innings 143 ; 1 ct. Bowling 4/10.||Sri Lanka Won by 465 runs|
|3||1st Test – New Zealand in Sri Lanka Test Series||2009||1st Innings – 92 ; 2nd Innings 123*.||Sri Lanka Won by 202 runs|
|4||2nd Test – Sri Lanka in England Test Series||2011||1st Innings – 193 ; 1 Ct.||Drawn|
One-Day International Cricket – Man of the series awards
|1||Bank Alfalah Series (Pak, SL) in UAE||2008/09||(3 Matches) 255 runs.||Sri Lanka Won the series 2-1.|
|2||Commonwealth Bank Series (Ind, SL, Aus) in Australia||2011/12||(11 Matches) 513 runs, 2 wickets.||Australia Won the series.|
|3||Dialog Cup (Ban, SL) in Sri Lanka||2012/13||(3 Matches) 248 runs.||Series drawn.|
|4||Dialog Cup (NZL, SL) in Sri Lanka||2013/14||(3 Matches) 189 runs.||Series drawn.|
|5||Hero Cup (ENG, SL) in Sri Lanka||2014||(7 Matches) 357 runs, 12 wickets.||Sri Lanka Won the series 5-2.|
One Day Internationals - Man of the Match awards
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||India||Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera||6 November 2005||3–0–19–0; 81* (88 balls: 8x4, 0x6)||Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.|
|2||India||Manuka Oval, Canberra||12 February 2008||DNB; 62* (59 balls: 6x4, 1x6)||Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.|
|3||Pakistan||National Stadium, Karachi||21 January 2009||DNB; 76 (88 balls: 11x4, 0x6);||Sri Lanka won by 129 runs.|
|4||Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||24 January 2009||DNB; 137 (139 balls: 10x4, 0x6);||Sri Lanka won by 234 runs.|
|5||South Africa||SuperSport Park, Centurion||22 September 2009||DNB; 106 (92 balls: 16x4, 1x6);||Sri Lanka won by 55 runs.|
|6||India||VCA Stadium, Nagpur||18 December 2009||3–0–16–0; 123 (113 balls: 12x4, 2x6);||Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.|
|7||Bangladesh||Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka||4 January 2010||3–0–16–1; 104 (122 balls: 12x4, 0x6);||Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.|
|8||Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club, Harare||9 June 2010||2–0–14–0; 108* (102 balls: 14x4, 0x6);||Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets.|
|9||Bangladesh||Rangiri Dambulla Stadium, Dambulla||18 June 2010||3–0–37–3; 71 (51 balls: 11x4, 1x6);||Sri Lanka won by 126 runs.|
|10||India||Rangiri Dambulla Stadium, Dambulla||28 August 2010||DNB; 110 (115 balls: 12x4, 1x6); 1 ct||Sri Lanka won by 74 runs.|
|11||Zimbabwe||Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy||10 March 2011||3–1–4–4; 144 (131 balls: 16x4, 1x6);||Sri Lanka won by 139 runs.|
|12||England||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||26 March 2010||6–1–25–1; 108* (175 balls: 10x4, 2x6);||Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets.|
|13||Australia||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||6 March 2012||10–0–40–1; 106 (119 balls: 10x4, 0x6); 1 ct||Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.|
|14||New Zealand||Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy||6 November 2012||2–0–9–0; 102* (95 balls: 12x4, 1x6);||Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.|
|15||Bangladesh||MRIC Stadium, Hambantota||23 March 2013||4–0–12–0; 113* (108 balls: 11x4, 10x6); 1 ct||Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.|
|16||Bangladesh||Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy||28 March 2013||125 (128 balls: 12x4, 0x6);||Bangladesh won by 3 wickets.|
|17||South Africa||Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy||28 July 2013||10–0–40–2; 115* (130 balls: 16x4, 0x6); 1 ct||Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.|
|18||South Africa||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||31 July 2013||10–0–41–1; 99 (110 balls: 13x4, 10x6);||Sri Lanka won by 128 runs.|
|19||England||Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street||25 May 2014||1–0–6–0; 88 (101 balls: 7x4, 0x6);||Sri Lanka won by 157 runs.|
|20||South Africa||Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy||9 July 2014||10–0–40–3; 86 (90 balls: 9x4, 0x6);||Sri Lanka won by 87 runs.|
|21||England||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||26 November 2014||6–0–33–1; 88 (98 balls: 10x4, 0x6);||Sri Lanka won by 25 runs.|
|22||England||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||16 December 2014||10–0–37–3; 101 (124 balls: 9x4, 1x6);||Sri Lanka won by 87 runs.|
|23||New Zealand||Seddon Park, Hamilton||15 January 2015||7–0–27–0; 116 (127 balls: 17x4, 0x6); 1 run out||Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.|
|24||Bangladesh||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||26 February 2015||8–0–35–2; 161* (127 balls: 22x4, 0x6)||Sri Lanka won by 92 runs.|
|25||West Indies||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||1 November 2015||59 (32 balls: 6x4, 3x6); 1 catch||Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket.|
Twenty20 International Cricket – Man of the series awards
|1||2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England||2009||317 runs in 7 matches with 3 fifties. avg. 52.83 ; SR 144.74||Pakistan defeat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the final.|
|2||West Indies in Sri Lanka||2015/16||108 runs with 2 fifties.||Series drawn.|
Twenty20 International Cricket – Man of the match awards
|1||2009 ICC World Twenty20||12 June 2009||Pakistan||46 (39 balls, 8x4) & 1 ct.||Sri Lanka won by 19 runs.|
|2||2009 ICC World Twenty20||19 June 2009||West Indies||96* (57 balls, 12x4, 2x6).||Sri Lanka won by 57 runs.|
|3||Australia in Sri Lanka||6 August 2011||Australia||104* (57 balls, 12x4, 5x6); 3-0-26-0.||Sri Lanka won by 35 runs.|
|4||2012 ICC World Twenty20||27 September 2012||New Zealand||76 (53 balls, 5x4, 3x6).||Tied. Sri Lanka won in Super over.|
|5||Dialog Cup||6 August 2013||South Africa||2-0-21-0; 74* (51 balls, 9x4, 2x6).||Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.|
|6||2016 ICC World Twenty20||17 March 2016||Afghanistan||83* (56 balls, 8x4, 3x6).||Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.|
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