Tillakaratne Dilshan

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Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan (Sinhala: ???????? ????????????? ????????; born October 14, 1976 in Kalutara, Sri Lanka) is a Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team.[1]
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Tillakaratne Dilshan

Full name Tillkarathne Mudiyanselage Dilshan
Born 14 October 1976 (age 38) Kalutara, Sri Lanka
Nickname Dilee, Mr. Pallekele
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm off spin
Role All rounder
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Personal life:

Dilshan was born in Kalutara to a family of a Malay father and a Sinhalese mother. He had his education at Kalutara Vidyalaya, Kalutara, where he started his cricket career as a teenager. Dilshan converted from Islam to Buddhismat the early age of 16, and was known as Tuwan Mohammad Dilshan before his conversion. However, his childhood coach Ranjan Paranavitana said even though Dilshan carried a Muslim name, he and his brothers and sisters followed their mother's religion from their childhood and once his parents separated he officially changed his religion and name.

Playing career:

Dilshan was the top run scorer in the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He scored 500 runs from nine One Day international innings with a best score of 144 runs against Zimbabwe. He scored two centuries, two half centuries, 61 boundaries and four sixes during the tournament which ended at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India in April 2011. He was also the leading run scorer in many bilateral and triangular series held after the World Cups. Immediately after the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, with Kumar Sangakkara stepping down as captain, Dilshan was appointed captain of Sri Lanka in all three formats of the gam..


Dilshan announced his retirement from Test cricket on 9 October 2013 However he mentioned that he will continue to play in the shorter format of the game until few international tours after 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.e.

International Records:

Bold ones are World Records.


He has the highest runs scored in Lord's Cricket Ground by a Sri Lankan, where he scored 192 runs in 2013. Highest partnership for the fifth wicket – 280 by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera against Bangladesh in 2005.

One-Day Internationals: 

He is the second Sri Lankan to have 2 ODI centuries above 150, after Sanath Jayasuriya, where he has 4 scores above 150 in ODIs.Highest partnership for the second wicket – 200 by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara against India in 2012//

Twenty20 Internationals:

Highest individual score in T20I by a Sri Lankan – Dilshan scored 104* against Australia in 2013.] He has the most number of catches in T20Is by a Sri Lankan – 25 in 62 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. Highest partnership for the sixth wicket – 51* by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Jehan Mubarak against Bangladesh in 2007.

World Cups:

Highest partnership (runs) – 282 for the first wicket by Upul Tharanga (133) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (144) against Zimbabwe in 2011 Highest opening partnership – 282 by Upul Tharanga(133) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (144) against Zimbabwe in 2011. First 200 run opening stand – 282 by Upul Tharanga(133) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (144) against Zimbabwe in 2011.


He is the second Sri Lankan and fifth overall to achieved hundreds in all forms of the game. 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 - 8 ducks in 62 matches.,


Dilshan publicly displayed his support to Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2015 Presidential Election which has received severe criticism from some of his fans. He did so by welcoming Mahinda Rajapakse to Maharagama for an election rally.


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