An exciting batsman, known for his aggression and brilliant timing, Tillakaratne Dilshan even has a shot named after him, the Dilscoop.

Dilshan did not start opening the innings for Sri Lanka or other T20 outfits around the world until about 2009, and the move up the order for the wicketkeeper, was brilliant. That year he would win the World Twenty20 Player of the Series for his exploits. With his move up the order, Dilshan also ditched the gloves for the most part and proves to be an asset in the field, especially at backward point. He bowls a little offspin as well, making his addition to any T20 team, a blessing.

 

Career Statistics (2004-2016)

Full name: Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan

Born: October 14, 1976, Kalutara (43)

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Basnahira South, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Delhi Daredevils, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kalutara Town Club, Karachi Kings, Northern Districts, Peshawar Zalmi, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club, Singha Sports Club, Surrey, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs    HS     Ave      BF         SR        100   50     4s     6s    

80         79    12    1889     104*  28.19    1567     120.54      1    13     223   33        

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave      BF         SR        100     50    4s     6s    

221    217     25     5193     104*  27.04    4228     122.82      1      34    633   110        

 

Career Highlights

  • Most runs in T20I for Sri Lanka (14th all-time), 1889, avg. 28.19
  • Most T20 WC matches (35)
  • Player of the tournament and most runs scored at 2009 T20 WC
  • ICC International Performance of the Year award (2009)
  • 1st Sri Lankan to score 1,500 runs in T20Is
  • 1st cricketer to score centuries in all formats as a captain.
  • 5193 T20 runs at 27.04

Christopher Henry Gayle is arguably the greatest One-Day International batsman the West Indies has ever produced but today his innings in the Ultimate XI ODI edition came up short.

Gayle had, yesterday, avoided the cut and made the final six among contestants vying for the honour of being one of the two best openers the game has ever seen.

According to the SportsMax panel of experts, Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar would form the greatest partnership the game to ever grace an ODI cricket pitch.

That would leave other greats like South Africa’s Hashim Amla, Sri Lankan legend Tillakaratne Dilshan, Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar, and, of course, Gayle as bystanders.

According to the SportsMax Zone, Sharma and Tendulkar are also the best it could come up with from the shortlist of 12, of course, the Zone did not do the culling of the herd the panel did yesterday.

For the unitiated, Rohit Sharma has scored as many ODI double hundreds as there are people who have scored them, while Tendulkar is by far and away, the heaviest ODI runscorer in the history of the sport and their picks may be hard to disagree with.

Unless, of course, you’re a Fanalyst.

Fanalysts have, so far, chosen Chris Gayle as one of their two openers and have also disagreed with the choice of Tendulkar to be the man to join him, instead going for Sharma.

Tendulkar, is at this point, the reserve option for the Fanalysts, but that could all change.

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Relentless aggression, strong wrists and natural timing were the hallmarks of Tillakaratne Dilshan’s career.

The year 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.

He is the first cricketer in the history of the game to score hundreds in all formats as a captain.

He is the fourth Sri Lankan, and 11th player overall to score 10,000 ODI runs. 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.

 

Career Statistics

Names: Tillakaratne Dilshan     

Born: October 14, 1976, Kalutara

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Basnahira South, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Delhi Daredevils, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kalutara Town Club, Karachi Kings, Northern Districts, Peshawar Zalmi, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club, Singha Sports Club, Surrey, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm off-break

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

Career: Sri Lanka (1999-2016)         

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs     HS     Ave     BF          SR        100s   50s   4s      6s     Ct       St

330     303      41     10290    161*  39.27   11933     86.23       22     47    1111   55     123      1

 

Career Highlights

  • 4th Sri Lankan, and 11th overall to score 10,000 ODI runs
  • Scored 1000 + ODI runs in a calendar year 4 times
  • Highest score for Sri Lanka without hitting a six (161*)
  • Most runs as an opener for Sri Lanka in a calendar year (1207)
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