Tillakaratne Dilshan

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: October 14, 1976, Kalutara
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Allrounder

Tillakaratne Dilshan Bio

Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan, more commonly known as Tillakaratne Dilshan, is a legendary cricketer from Sri Lanka who is known for his relentless aggression, strong wrists, and natural timing. Born on October 14, 1976, in Kalutara, Sri Lanka, Dilshan is considered one of the most exciting batsmen in the game today.

Throughout his career, Dilshan has displayed a unique style of play, much like Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, where he prefers attacking options over defensive ones. He loves to make room and thrash the ball through the off side, a shot that has become his signature move. However, his most acclaimed stroke is the “Dilscoop” shot, which he developed for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. This shot, which involves playing the ball over his head, bewildered bowlers and experts alike.

Dilshan’s career reached new heights in 2009 when he was moved up the batting order to open the innings in all three formats of the game. This decision proved to be a turning point as he took full advantage of attacking fields and amassed massive scores in all formats. In the same year, he scored 11 international hundreds, earning him the prestigious World Twenty20 Player of the Series prize.

From the moment of his debut, Dilshan’s abundant talent was apparent. In November 1999, he burst onto the international scene with an unbeaten 163 against Zimbabwe. However, he faced numerous setbacks and found himself dropped from the national team between 2001 and 2003. Despite these challenges, Dilshan persevered and eventually cemented his place as one of the most destructive openers in modern cricket.

Dilshan’s contributions to the game extend beyond his batting prowess. His electric fielding, especially at the position of backward point, has impressed fans and experts alike. Additionally, his offspin bowling abilities often go underappreciated.

In 2011, following the resignation of Kumar Sangakkara, Dilshan was appointed as the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. However, his tenure lasted less than a year, with Mahela Jayawardene succeeding him after the team’s tour to South Africa in 2011-12. During his captaincy, Dilshan and the team experienced a dip in form. However, once he was relieved of his leadership duties, his batting rejuvenated, especially in One Day Internationals (ODIs), where he emerged as the second-highest scorer of the year in 2012, tallying 1119 runs.

Tillakaratne Dilshan’s impact on cricket, both as a player and a captain, is undeniable. His exciting style of play, combined with his solid technique, made him a force to be reckoned with on the field. Whether it was his powerful strokes or his ability to take wickets with his offspin, Dilshan was a complete package.

Throughout his international career, Dilshan accumulated impressive numbers and achieved numerous accolades. His contributions to Sri Lankan cricket will be remembered for years to come, and he will forever remain one of the greatest cricketers to have represented his country.

Tillakaratne Dilshan Career Stats

Tillakaratne Dilshan Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 87 145 11 5492 193 40.98 8379 65.54 16 23 677 24 88 0
T20Is 80 79 12 1889 104* 28.19 1567 120.54 1 13 223 33 31 2
ODIs 330 303 41 10290 161* 39.27 11933 86.23 22 47 1111 55 123 1
FC 233 384 24 13979 200* 38.83 - - 38 59 - - 356 23
List A 449 416 54 14314 188 39.54 - - 30 71 - - 204 8
T20s 221 217 25 5193 104* 27.04 4228 122.82 1 34 633 110 79 3

Tillakaratne Dilshan Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 87 76 3385 1711 39 4/10 4/10 43.87 3.03 86.7 1 0 0
T20Is 80 25 258 313 9 2/4 2/4 34.77 7.27 28.6 0 0 0
ODIs 330 204 5880 4778 106 4/4 4/4 45.07 4.87 55.4 3 0 0
FC 233 - 6501 3255 90 5/49 - 36.16 3 72.2 - 1 0
List A 449 - 7871 6303 152 4/4 4/4 41.46 4.8 51.7 4 0 0
T20s 221 116 1564 1892 64 3/16 3/16 29.56 7.25 24.4 0 0 0

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