Tillakaratne Dilshan Biography
There is scarcely anything in the sport Tillakaratne Dilshan cannot do. He is one of the most exciting batsmen in the modern era. Given the ball he can churn out some overs with his off-spin. A livewire on the field and is the best point fielder for Sri Lanka — along with being a Test wicket-keeper.
Dilshan made his international debut in 1999 and hit 163 not out in his second Test. The strong Sri Lankan middle-order ensured he was in and out of the side. His spot was cemented only after the World Cup 2003. For the next decade he formed a critical part of the Sri Lankan batting line-up across formats.
It was 2009 that saw him metamorphose into a big name. Ten centuries in the calendar year came as he was promoted to open batting across formats. He was named Man of the Series in World T20 2009 and established himself amongst the most dangerous batsmen. And, more significantly, he invented the ‘Dilscoop’: the audacious stroke helps him lift fast bowlers (even those with extreme pace) over the wicketkeeper’s head while crouching on one knee.
He was the leading run-scorer in World Cup 2011 where Sri Lanka made it through to the final. Kumar Sangakkara’s resignation from captaincy thrust the responsibility on him. It was not a particularly happy reign for Dilshan as Sri Lanka were largely unsuccessful, the only highlight of this phase the Test victory at Durban.
Dilshan remains one of the fittest players around the circuit despite being on the wrong side of 35. He quit Tests in 2013, and has since focused on limited-overs cricket with an eye on World Cup 2015. He was also a part of the Sri Lankan outfit that won World T20 2014 to break the world title drought. Dilshan is one of the few batsmen to have a ton in each format of international cricket.
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