Tillakaratne Dilshan Profile
Tillakaratne Dilshan is a former cricketer and skipper of the Sri Lanka. Born on the 14th of October, 1976, Dilshan was probably one of the most innovative players in cricket.
He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off break bowler. The famous “dilscoop” was the product of Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Dilshan’s career began as a struggling middle-order batsman. At the age of 16, he began his cricketing career with Kalutara Vidyalaya. Right from the young age, he had the knack of scoring runs aggressively and using defence only as a last resort.
Dilshan made his international debut against Zimbabwe in a Test match on November 18, 1999. He scored just nine runs in the match that ended in a draw.
However, he won the Man of the Match award in the following test after scoring 163 runs to take Sri Lanka to victory. But his good days ended soon and he was dropped from the team in 2001 to 2003.
In December 1999, Dilshan played his maiden ODI match against Zimbabwe and scored 35 runs in a rain interrupted match.
Rise to Glory
Dilshan’s rise to fame came way after his debut. In 2009, he became the leading opener for Sri Lanka in all formats. Runs flowed in big numbers as he went on to score 11 international hundreds along with winning the player of the series for T20 World Cup.
Dilshan was also the top scorer in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup where he finished with stats of 500 runs in nine games.
He also led the Sri Lankan team after Sangakkara. He took the Sri Lankan team to their maiden test win in South Africa.
Dilshan’s record-breaking 193 at Lord’s was the best innings of his career. In this process, he registered the highest score by a Sri Lankan at Lords. The destructive opener usually played his innings at a strike rate over 100.
The pressure of captaincy got to Dilshan as the team lost to England, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa. He eventually relinquished his captaincy and Mahela Jayawardena succeeded him. Dilshan also had a rough patch from 2001 to 2003 as he was not considered for selection.
Dilshan announced his retirement from Test cricket on 9 October 2013. However, the 17-year long international career ended on 9 September 2016 after his last T20 game against Australia.