Tillakaratne Dilshan facts for kids
|Full name||Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan|
|Born||14 October 1976
Kalutara, Sri Lanka
|Nickname||Dilee, Mr. Pallekele|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off spin|
|Role||Batting all-rounder, occasional wicket-keeper|
|National side||Sri Lanka|
|Test debut (cap 79)||18 November 1999 v Zimbabwe|
|Last Test||16 March 2013 v Bangladesh|
|ODI debut (cap 102)||11 December 1999 v Zimbabwe|
|Last ODI||28 August 2016 v Australia|
|ODI shirt no.||23|
|T20I debut (cap 2)||15 June 2006 v England|
|Last T20I||9 September 2016 v Australia|
|T20I shirt no.||23|
|Domestic team information|
|1996–1998||Kalutara Town Club|
|1997–1998||Singha Sports Club|
|2011–2013||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|2012||Basnahira Cricket Dundee|
|2013–2014||Tamil Union C&AC|
|2015||Guyana Amazon Warriors|
|5 wickets in innings||0||0||0||1|
|10 wickets in match||0||n/a||n/a||0|
Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan (Sinhala: තිලකරත්න ඩිල්ෂාන්; born 14 October 1976), commonly known as Tillakaratne Dilshan is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team. As the best rated Sri Lankan player in run-chases in ODI history, he is often regarded as one of the most innovative ODI batsmen of all time. Dilshan is considered to be a rare example of a cricketer with notable skills in all aspects of the game, who can bat, bowl, field and keep wicket. He is an aggressive right-hand batsman who invented the scoop, which has come to be known as the Dilscoop, a shot that hits the ball over the keeper. Apart from being an opening batsman, he is also a capable off-break bowler. Energetic in the field, he usually fields at the point region.
Dilshan made his Test and ODI debut during the Sri Lankan cricket team's tour to Zimbabwe in 1999. He is also the second cap for Sri Lanka in Twenty20 Internationals. He is the first cricketer in the history of the game to score hundreds in all formats as a captain.
Dilshan won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year award at the 2009 ICC Awards for his 96 off 57 ball shots against West Indies in the semi-final of the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England. He also won the man of the series trophy for his individual batting performances in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 tournament. He was also a key member of the team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the team that made the finals of 2007 Cricket World Cup, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20.
He is the fourth Sri Lankan, and eleventh player overall to score 10,000 ODI runs. Being the third overall and first Sri Lankan to score 1,500 runs in Twenty20 Internationals, he is also the first player to hit 200 fours in T20Is. Dilshan scored 1000 or more ODI runs in a calendar year four times and never failed to amass fewer than 800 runs in any calendar year between 2009 and 2015.
Dilshan was under-estimated in the cricket world as an ordinary player when he batted at number 6 and 7, unlike his revered teammates Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. When he gained the opening batting position, Dilshan became one of the finest cricketers in the world and a legend in modern cricketing history. His quick progression can be seen in his stats: after he moved to the opening position, he scored 21 ODI centuries and all his Test and T20I centuries.
In August 2016, Dilshan announced that he would retire from both ODI and T20I cricket at the end of the series against Australia. He retired from ODI cricket on 28 August 2016 and from T20I cricket on 9 September 2016.
International records and achievements
- He has the highest score scored in Lord's Cricket Ground by a Sri Lankan, where he scored 193 runs in 2013.
- Highest partnership for the fifth wicket – 280 by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera against Bangladesh in 2005.
- Only Sri Lankan to scored centuries in both innings in his 50th Test.
- First successful challenger of an umpiring decision.
- Second Sri Lankan to have 3 ODI centuries above 150, after Sanath Jayasuriya, where he has 4 scores above 150 in ODIs.
- Highest individual score for Sri Lanka without hitting a six – Dilshan scored 161* with only 22 fours against Bangladesh. This was a world record set in 2015 and was eventually surpassed by David Warner in 2016 which included 24 fours. But Dilshan's innings of 161* still remains the longest World Cup innings without hitting a six.
- Most runs by a subcontinent batsman in an ODI Tri-series away from home. Dilshan achieved this feat during CB Series in Australia 2011/12, where he scored 513 runs.
- Most ODI runs by any batsman since the age of 35. – He has scored 4,674 ODI runs after 35 years of age.
- Most runs as an opener for Sri Lanka in a calendar year – 1207 runs by Dilshan in the year 2015.
- Highest run scorer for Sri Lanka – Dilshan has scored 1,889 runs in 80 matches with average 28.19. He is second in the list of all time at the retirement.
- Highest individual score in T20I by a Sri Lankan – Dilshan scored 104* against Australia in 2011.
- He has the most catches in T20Is by a Sri Lankan – 31 in 80 matches.
- Highest partnership for the first wicket – 124 by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya against West indies in 2009.
- Highest partnership for the fourth wicket – 104* by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Jeevan Mendis against Australia in 2011.
- Most number of 4s – 223 in 80 matches. He is the first player to achieve 200 fours.
- Dilshan was the first player to score a T20I century as captain and he is the only captain to score a T20I century in a winning cause. His innings of 104* are the third highest T20I score by a captain and it is the highest ever T20I score made by a captain in a winning cause.
- Highest individual score by a Sri Lankan – 161* by Dilshan against Bangladesh in 2015.
- Highest opening partnership (runs) – 282 by Upul Tharanga (133) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (144) against Zimbabwe in 2011.
- First captain to score centuries in all formats while captaining.
- Highest run scorer in 2009 ICC World Twenty20 held at England, who scored 317 runs in 7 matches with 3 half-centuries.
- Highest run-scorer in 2011 Cricket World Cup, scored 500 runs in 9 matches with 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries.
- Most ducks in T20 Internationals – 10 ducks in 78 matches.
- He is the fourth Sri Lankan and eleventh overall to pass 10,000 ODI runs.
Dilshan has 16 Test centuries, 22 One-Day International centuries, and 1 Twenty20 International century. He is the first cricketer in the history to score centuries in all formats as a captain. He is the second Sri Lankan and fifth overall to achieve international centuries in all forms of the game. Dilshan has scored 39 centuries (100 or more runs) in Test matches, One Day International (ODI) matches and Twenty20 International (T20I), organized by the International Cricket Council. Dilshan has scored 16 centuries in Test matches and 22 centuries in ODIs, and one in T20Is.
Dilshan scored his 16th and last Test century on 18 March 2013 at the Galle International Stadium in Galle against Bangladesh. His 17th ODI century comes in his favorite ground Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on 28 July 2013 against South Africa, where at this ground he scored 5 ODI centuries and also his only Twenty20 International century against Australia on 6 August 2011.
In Test matches, Dilshan has scored centuries against all the Test cricket playing nations except South Africa and West Indies, and has scored 150 against four of them. He is seventh on the list of leading Test century makers for Sri Lanka. His centuries have been scored at ten cricket grounds, six of which were outside Sri Lanka. He has been dismissed two times in the nineties.
In ODIs, Dilshan has scored centuries against all test playing opponents except West Indies. His maiden century was made against Netherlands at the VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen in 2006. He is third in the list of leading century-makers in ODIs for Sri Lanka. Of these 22 ODI centuries, nine were scored at home grounds and thirteen were at away (opposition's home) or neutral venues. He has been dismissed one time in the ninetynine.
Dilshan scored his only T20I century against Australia in 2011, and became the fifth batsmen to score hundreds in all forms of the game. He scored 104 runs from 57 balls. This is the highest individual score by a Sri Lankan in Twenty20 Internationals.
|Remained not out|
|Lost||The match was lost by Sri Lanka.|
|Won||The match was won by Sri Lanka.|
|Draw||The match was drawn.|
|1||163||Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club||26 November 1999||Won|
|2||100||England||Asgiriya Stadium||10 December 2003||Draw|
|3||104||Australia||Galle International Stadium||8 March 2004||Lost|
|4||168||Bangladesh||P. Saravanamuttu Stadium||20 September 2005||Won|
|5||125||India||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground||23 July 2008||Won|
|6||162||Bangladesh||Chittagong Divisional Stadium||3 January 2009||Won|
|7||143||Bangladesh||Chittagong Divisional Stadium||3 January 2009||Won|
|8||145||Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||1 March 2009||Draw|
|9||123*||New Zealand||Galle International Stadium||18 August 2009||Won|
|10||112||India||Sardar Patel Stadium||16 November 2009||Draw|
|11||109||India||Brabourne Stadium||2 December 2009||Lost|
|12||193||England||Lord's Cricket Ground||3 June 2011||Draw|
|13||101||Pakistan||Galle International Stadium||22 June 2012||Won|
|14||121||Pakistan||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground||30 June 2012||Draw|
|15||147||Australia||Bellerive Oval||14 December 2012||Lost|
|16||126||Bangladesh||Galle International Stadium||8 March 2013||Draw|
One Day International centuries
|1||117||Netherlands||VRA Ground||4 July 2006||Won|
|2||137*||Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||24 January 2009||Won|
|3||106||South Africa||SuperSport Park||22 September 2009||Won|
|4||160||India||Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground||15 December 2009||Lost|
|5||123||India||Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground||18 December 2009||Won|
|6||104||Bangladesh||Shere Bangla National Stadium||4 January 2010||Won|
|7||108*||Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club||9 June 2010||Won|
|8||110||India||Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium||28 August 2010||Won|
|9||144||Zimbabwe||Pallekele International Cricket Stadium||10 March 2011||Won|
|10||108*||England||R. Premadasa Stadium||26 March 2011||Won|
|11||160*||India||Bellerive Oval||28 February 2012||Lost|
|12||106||Australia||Adelaide Oval||6 March 2012||Won|
|13||119*||Pakistan||Pallekele International Cricket Stadium||9 June 2012||Won|
|14||102*||New Zealand||Pallekele International Cricket Stadium||6 November 2012||Won|
|15||113*||Bangladesh||Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium||23 March 2013||Won|
|16||125||Bangladesh||Pallekele International Cricket Stadium||28 March 2013||Lost|
|17||115*||South Africa||Pallekele International Cricket Stadium||28 July 2013||Won|
|18||101||England||R. Premadasa Stadium||16 December 2014||Won|
|19||116||New Zealand||Seddon Park||15 January 2015||Won|
|20||116||New Zealand||University Oval||23 January 2015||Lost|
|21||161*||Bangladesh||Melbourne Cricket Ground||26 February 2015||Won|
|22||104||Scotland||Bellerive Oval||11 March 2015||Won|
T20I cricket centuries
|1||104*||Australia||Pallekele International Cricket Stadium||6 August 2011||Won|
|2011||Sinhawalokanaya – සිංහාවලෝකනය||Himself|
Awards and honours
- ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year 2009
- ICC ODI Team of the Year – included in four years (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
- Dialog SLC People's Player of the Year 2015 (with 493,196 votes)
- Dialog SLC T20 Batsman of the Year 2015
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