November 18, 1999
Dilshan makes his first appearance for Sri Lanka in a Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo
. Makes just 9 in his only innings, but effects a run-out and takes two catches in the match.
November 28, 1999
Dilshan announces himself
Just ten days later, on day three of the Harare Test
, Dilshan scores an unbeaten 163. He shows admirable restraint as Zimbabwe curtail his favourite pull and cover drive and, although he plays and misses frequently, Dilshan bats for a minute under eight hours, facing 343 balls and hitting 18 fours.
December 11, 1999
After his successful debut Test series, Dilshan plays his first ODI also in Bulawayo
. Batting at No. 6, he makes 35 from 49 balls in a washed-out encounter.
December 12, 2003
With just over two days remaining in Kandy
, Sri Lanka have a window of opportunity, and in Dilshan, they have just the man to jump through it. It was four years on from his previous Test century, but you would not have known it from the way he bombards the off-side boundary with furious cuts and free-flowing drives. After the tentative tempo of the first three days, Dilshan's 100 from 129 balls represents a sudden breakout. In the end, however, England hold on for a gripping draw.
July 4, 2006
Four months after two teams went past 400 in an ODI, Sri Lanka break that record against Netherlands in the unfamiliar surroundings of Amstelveen
. Sanath Jayasuriya leads the way with a turbo-charged 157 off 104 balls while Dilshan flays the bowling with an equally crazy 117 off 79 balls, his maiden ODI century. After Jayasuriya goes, Dilshan takes up the charge and crashes boundaries to every corner of the ground.
January 3-6, 2009
Dilshan's all-round success seals a series win for Sri Lanka over Bangladesh in Chittagong
. He sets up Sri Lanka with 162 and 143 and completes the job by wiping out the Bangladesh lower-order and finishing with figures of 4 for 10 to wrap up the series 2-0 and script the fifth-biggest margin of victory in Tests in terms of runs.
January 24, 2009
An experiment bears fruit
Dilshan's second ODI century, a mature unbeaten 137 off 139 balls as opener, helps Sri Lanka maul Pakistan in Lahore
and seal another series win. Sri Lanka continue their experiment of opening with him and Dilshan battles through overcast conditions to compile his career-best score. He paddles and nudged, occasionally plays the fierce cut, and only after his hundred does Dilshan open up, slamming length deliveries and making room to carve the fuller ones over the off side.
June 19, 2009
Dilshan powers Sri Lanka to the final of the World Twenty20, smashing 96 off 57 balls, the tournament's highest score, against West Indies at The Oval
. Despite his opening partner Jayasuriya struggling to 24 off 37, Dilshan leads his team to 73 in 10.3 overs. None of the others make more than 12 and Dilshan is responsible for nearly 61% of Sri Lanka's 158.
August 18-22, 2009
Turning a corner
that proved path-breaking. Dilshan, promoted to open the innings for the first time in Tests, races to 92 off 72 balls in the first innings and follows it up with a century in the second which helps his Sri Lanka set New Zealand an improbable target. The manner in which he dominates also mirrored the ineffectiveness of New Zealand's bowlers and Daniel Vettori later admits the uneven contest shut his team out of the Test.
December 15, 2009
So near, so far
When India pile up a team-record 414 for 7 in Rajkot
, it seems as though this too will be a depressing no-contest. But with a full-throttle approach their only option, Sri Lanka come out with genuine intent and no little menace. Dilshan gets to his half-century from just 38 balls as 81 come from the first 10 overs, and to his ton from 73 balls. A masterclass threatens to overhaul a massive target, but Dilshan's dismissal brings India back into the game and they win by a whisker.