(Former Sri Lanka Cricketer)
Tillakaratne Dilshan is one of the long-serving Sri Lankan cricketers, with over 16,000 career runs. An explosive top-order batsman, Dilshan dominated bowling attacks with his great range of strokes, including ramp shot which he frequently used (now named after him “Dilscoop”).
|Nickname:||Dilee, Mr. Pallekele, Dilscoop|
|Profession:||Former Sri Lanka Cricketer|
|Role:||Right-hand top-order batsman, off-spinner|
|Weight (approx.):||61 kg|
|Date of Birth:||14 October 1976|
|Age (as on 2018):||41 years|
|Birth Place:||Kalutara, Sri Lanka|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign:||Libra|
|Brother:||Tillakaratne Sampath (first-class cricketer)|
|Test:||18 November 1999 vs Zimbabwe|
|ODI:||11 December 1999 vs Zimbabwe|
|T20:||15 June 2006 vs England|
|Jersey Number:||#23 (Sri Lanka)|
|Major Team:||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|
|Nature on field:||Aggressive batsman|
|Likes to play against:||NA|
|Career Turning Point|
- Dilshan is the first cricketer in the history to score centuries in all formats as a captain.
- Dilshan is the fourth Sri Lankan and eleventh overall to score 10,000 ODI runs.
- Dilshan holds the record of highest partnership for the fifth wicket (280) with Thilan Samaraweera, set against Bangladesh in 2005.
- Dilshan is the only Sri Lankan to scored hundreds in both innings of his 50th Test.
- Dilshan is the first player to score a T20I century as captain.
|Favourite Cricket Ground:|
|Favourite sports Commentator:||NA|
|Girlfriends, Spouse and Children|
|Wife:||Nilanka Vithanage (divorced)|
|Manjula Thilini (TV actress)|
|Children||One son – Resadu Tillakaratne (first marriage)|
Two sons and two daughters (second marriage)
|Awards and recognitions|
- ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year 2009
- Dialog SLC People’s Player of the Year 2015
- Dialog SLC T20 Batsman of the Year 2015
|Lesser Known Facts|
- Dilshan has appeared in several Sri Lankan TV shows.
- Dilshan has his fashion line, named ‘Dil Scoop’
- Dilshan owns a small-scale luxury hotel, named as Hotel ‘D Pavilion Inn’, situated at Kirulapana.
- Dilshan and fellow Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan have been the brand ambassadors for the Presidential Task Force to combat kidney disease.