Tillakaratne Dilshan

Tillakaratne Dilshan

Sri Lanka|Allrounder
Tillakaratne Dilshan

INTL CAREER: 1999 - 2016

Full Name

Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan


October 14, 1976, Kalutara


45y 51d

Also Known As

Tuwan Mohamad Dilshan

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Fielding Position


Playing Role





With his relentless aggression, strong wrists and natural timing, Tillakaratne Dilshan is one of the most exciting batsmen in the game today. He is technically sound, but, much like Virender Sehwag, he uses the defensive option only as a last resort, after all the attacking alternatives have been explored. He loves to make room and thrash the ball through the off side, but the stroke that bears his signature more than any other is the one he developed for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 - the eponymously named "Dilscoop" shot over his head, which confounded bowlers and experts alike.

In fact, 2009 was a watershed year in his career, and a huge factor was his move up the batting order to open the innings in all three forms of the game. It was a move that proved his making, as he exploited attacking fields and amassed huge scores in all formats: he scored 11 international hundreds in the year, and won the World Twenty20 Player of the Series prize.

Dilshan's abundant talent was never in doubt from the moment he made his debut, but he went through several early troughs, most notably when he was dropped from 2001 to 2003. Having burst onto the international scene with an unbeaten 163 against Zimbabwe in his first series in November 1999, Dilshan's career remained largely unfulfilled until he cemented his place as one of the most destructive openers in the modern era. Add his electric fielding, especially at backward point, and his underrated offspin, and Dilshan is a quality package. In 2011 he was named Sri Lanka's captain, after the resignation of Kumar Sangakkara, but his reign lasted less than a year, with Mahela Jayawardene replacing him after Sri Lanka's tour to South Africa in 2011-12. Like his team, Dilshan had had a poor run of form while he was captain, but his batting enjoyed a revival after being relieved of leadership, particularly in ODI cricket, where he was 2012's second-heaviest scorer, with 1119 runs.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A449416541431418839.5430712048
List A449787163031524/44/441.464.8051.7400
Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan
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Jonty Rhodes, Virender Sehwag, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Brett Lee pose at an event to promote the Road Safety World Series T20 cricket league
Tillakaratne Dilshan acknowledges his fans
Tillakaratne Dilshan walks out to a guard of honour ahead of his final international innings
Tillakaratne Dilshan walks off to a rousing ovation after being dismissed for 1
Tillakaratne Dilshan is given a guard of honour by team-mates ahead of his last international innings
Tillakaratne Dilshan ended his international career with a wicket off his last ball