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Tillakaratne Dilshan
තිලකරත්න ඩිල්ෂාන්
Personal information
Full name Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan
Born 14 October 1976 (1976-10-14) (age 44)
Kalutara, Sri Lanka
Nickname Dilee, Mr. Pallekele
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off spin
Role Batting all-rounder, occasional wicket-keeper
International information
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
Years Team
1996–1998 Kalutara Town Club
1997–1998 Singha Sports Club
1998–2000 Sebastianites C&AC
2000 Bloomfield C&AC
2007–2016 Basnahira South
2008–2010 Delhi Daredevils
2010 Northern Districts
2011–2013 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2012 Basnahira Cricket Dundee
2013 Dhaka Gladiators
2013–2014 Tamil Union C&AC
2014 Sydney Thunder
2014 Surrey
2015 Derbyshire
2015 Guyana Amazon Warriors
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 87 330 80 233
Runs scored 5,492 10,290 1,889 13,979
Batting average 40.98 39.27 28.19 38.8
100s/50s 16/23 22/47 1/13 38/59
Top score 193 161* 104 200*
Balls bowled 3,385 5,880 258 6,501
Wickets 39 106 9 90
Bowling average 43.87 45.07 29.66 36.16
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a 0
Best bowling 4/10 4/4 3/16 5/49
Catches/stumpings 88/– 123/1 31/2 356/23

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.

One-Day Internationals

  • 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.

Twenty20 Internationals

  • 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.

World Cups

  • 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.

Centuries stats

Tillakaratne Dilshan batting at Lord's 2011 (1)
Dilshan batting

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.

Symbol Meaning
Remained not out
Lost The match was lost by Sri Lanka.
Won The match was won by Sri Lanka.
Draw The match was drawn.

Test centuries

No. Score Against Ground Date Result Ref
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

No. Score Against Ground Date Result
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

Runs Against Venue Date Result
1 104* Australia Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 6 August 2011 Won

Acting career


Year Film Role
2011 Sinhawalokanaya – සිංහාවලෝකනය Himself


Year Teledrama Role
2017 Kopi Kade Himself
2018 Mithuu
2018 Emy 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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