Whenever the team gave the role to this player, he adopted it without any hesitation and did wonders in it. Then what batting and what bowling!
A player who started as a middle order batsman but did not get success there. Then when it was dropped in the opening, it was a blast. He became one of the most successful openers in the world. Here we are not talking about Virender Sehwag or Rohit Sharma. Actually this batsman also used to bowl useful for his team. When asked, did the keeping and also took over the captaincy. This cricketer is Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka. Today is his birthday, so let’s know about the unknown things of his career. Tillakaratne Dilshan raised flags for Sri Lanka in all three Tests, ODIs and T20Is and received praise from his game.
Tillakaratne Dilshan made his international debut in 1999 with the Test series against Zimbabwe. He came into the limelight after scoring an unbeaten 163 in the very first series. But he did not succeed for long while playing in the middle order. In such a situation, he kept going in and out of the team again. After 2003, he was able to cement his place in the team, but the kind of ability he had, the runs were not coming. In such a situation, he was made an opener in 2009. What happened after that is history. Till the year 2009, his annual average of scoring runs in ODIs never went above 35. But since 2009, his ODI average has been around 50. In 2009, he scored 11 centuries in all formats. In the same year, he was elected the Player of the Tournament in the 2009 T20 World Cup.
After becoming an opener, Dilshan scored more than 1000 runs in a calendar year four times in his ODI career. Also, between 2009 and 2015, his number of runs in a year has never been less than 800. He is the fourth Sri Lankan batsman who touched the 10,000-run mark in ODIs. Dilshan took 10290 runs and 106 wickets in 330 matches in ODIs. He scored 22 centuries in this format. At the same time, 5492 runs came in his account with 16 centuries in 87 Tests.
In 2009, Tillakaratne Dilshan invented a new shot in the world of cricket. This shot is called Dilscoop. In this, the ball is sent over the head of the wicketkeeper to the boundary. No one could play this shot like Dilshan. Through this shot, he achieved a lot of success in T20 cricket. In this format, he scored 1889 runs in 80 matches at the international level with a century and 13 fifties.
Dilshan was made the captain of Sri Lanka in 2011 after Kumar Sangakkara stepped down from the captaincy. But after a year he left this responsibility. Later Dilshan had said that during the captaincy he did not get full support from the players of the team. In this, the name of Angelo Mathews was at the top. In 2012, Dilshan left Test to prolong his T20 and ODI career. He also benefited from leaving captaincy and Test cricket. He scored 1119 runs in 2012. He continued to play till the age of 39. Then retired in 2019.