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Tillakaratne Dilshan

Tillakaratne Dilshan

Age 47Sri LankaSRI LANKA
Right Handed All Rounder

Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana were some of the great Sri Lankan legends whose careers took a climb once they started opening the innings. The same decision has proved fruitful for Tillakaratne Dilshan who, from a struggling middle-order batsman, has become one of the most destructive opening batsmen in the modern era.

Dilshan's professional career began in 1996 and within three years of his debut, he was selected to represent Sri Lanka in Tests. In only his 2nd Test, he scored a composed 163 against Zimbabwe. He made his ODI debut in the same year against the same opposition. However, after being granted numerous chances, he failed to impress and endured a miserable period between 2001 and 2003 when he was dropped on several occasions. Even after his comeback, Dilshan did little to inspire his confidence. In 2007-08, he was relegated to captain the Sri Lanka 'A' side after he was dropped for Sri Lanka's Test series in Australia. To prove his detractors wrong, Dilshan slammed 111 and 78 in two of the three innings thus guiding his team to a 3-0 clean sweep over Zimbabwe. He was then recalled for the ODI series in Australia and scored 62 runs of just 59 balls, opening the innings against India. But after failing in the next two games, he was demoted to the middle order where he was wasted for the next 11 months.

Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Vandort and Sanath Jayasuriya were tried during this period but they all failed, giving Dilshan a second chance to open the innings in a match against Pakistan in 2009. Dilshan grabbed the bull by its horns and since then has become the first choice opener for Sri Lanka in all three formats. He now exhibits a self belief and confidence which was previously lacking in his game. He is ruthless in the Powerplays, constantly attempting to clear the infield but has become much more sensible interspersing it with singles and twos. He is the pioneer of the 'Dilscoop' - a shot where he paddles the ball over his own head and the wicket-keeper's in a typically unique style.

A brilliant fielder, Dilshan is also a useful off-spinner. His transition had been such that he was made Sri Lanka's captain in ODIs and T20Is on more occasions than one. Following Sangakkara's resignation as the Sri Lankan skipper post the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, Dilshan was eventually handed over the captaincy in all three formats, before being replaced by team-mate Mahela Jayawardene post their disastrous South African tour. To give away his spot to groom a youngster, Dilshan took retirement from the Test format in October, 2013 but continues to be an important part of the limited overs team.

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  • Sri LankaSri Lanka
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  • defaultBloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club
  • defaultSri Lankan Board XI
  • defaultColombo District CA
  • defaultDerbyshire
  • defaultKalutara Town Club
  • defaultNorth Central Province
  • defaultNorthern Districts
  • defaultSebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club
  • defaultSingha Sports Club
  • defaultSri Lanka A
  • defaultSri Lankan Invitation XI
  • defaultSurrey
  • defaultTamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club
  • defaultWestern Prov South
  • defaultYoung Sri Lanka
  • Royal Challengers BangaloreRoyal Challengers Bangalore
  • Delhi CapitalsDelhi Capitals
  • defaultSydney Thunder
  • defaultBasnahira
  • defaultChattogram Challengers
  • defaultDhaka Gladiators
  • defaultBasnahira Cricket Dundee
  • defaultGuyana Amazon Warriors
  • defaultSri Lanka Cricket Board President XI
  • defaultRuhuna Reds
  • defaultMohammedan Sporting Club
  • defaultSouthern Express
  • defaultKarachi Kings
  • defaultPeshawar Zalmi
  • defaultHambantota Troopers
  • defaultJaffna District
  • defaultSri Lanka Legends
  • defaultMonaragala Hornets
  • defaultAsia Lions
  • defaultWorld Legends 11
  • defaultBhilwara Kings
  • defaultGujarat Giants
  • defaultChandigarh Champs
  • defaultNew York Warriors
  • defaultPunjab Royal

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Tillakaratne Dilshan Statistics

Debut
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe on Dec 11, 1999
Last
Sri Lanka vs Australia on Aug 28, 2016
Debut
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe on Nov 18, 1999
Last
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh on Mar 16, 2013
Debut
Sri Lanka vs England on Jun 15, 2006
Last
Sri Lanka vs Australia on Sep 09, 2016
Debut
Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals on May 11, 2008
Last
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians on Apr 27, 2013

Tillakaratne Dilshan Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
33010290472239.2786.23
Highest Runs161
Balls Faced146
On DateFeb 26, 15
AgainstBangladeshBAN

Tillakaratne Dilshan Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
33098010645.0755.474.87
Wickets Taken4
Runs4
On DateMar 10, 11
AgainstZimbabweZIM

Tillakaratne Dilshan Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
123135
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Tillakaratne Dilshan Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
875492231640.9865.54
Highest Runs193
Balls Faced253
On DateJun 03, 11
AgainstEnglandENG

Tillakaratne Dilshan Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
87564.13943.8786.793.03
Wickets Taken4
Runs10
On DateJan 03, 09
AgainstBangladeshBAN

Tillakaratne Dilshan Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
88012
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Tillakaratne Dilshan Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
80188913128.19120.54
Highest Runs104
Balls Faced57
On DateAug 06, 11
AgainstAustraliaAUS

Tillakaratne Dilshan Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
8043934.7728.667.27
Wickets Taken2
Runs4
On DateSep 14, 07
AgainstKenya

Tillakaratne Dilshan Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
3128
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Tillakaratne Dilshan Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
5211539026.81114.49
Highest Runs76
Balls Faced58
On DateApr 23, 12
AgainstRajasthan RoyalsRR

Tillakaratne Dilshan Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
5245.1573.2054.208.10
Wickets Taken1
Runs3
On DateMay 19, 08
AgainstRoyal Challengers BangaloreRCB

Tillakaratne Dilshan Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
2003
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average
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