He finished his career as his countries fifth most capped player, fourth highest run getter and third most number of hundreds in One Day International Cricket (ODI).Yet compared to his illustrious and flamboyant teammates, he has forever remained in the background.
Along with scoring truckload of runs he took 100 wickets , took catches in the field as well as near the boundaries and kept wickets when asked to do so.Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan, Srilankan Crickets loyal servant had bid farewell to the game, leaving behind big shoes to fill for whoever replaces him.
In a 17 year old career starting late last century, he amassed 10000 runs and took 100 scalps and pouched over 100 catches.He played four world cups and top scored in one of them.A brief look into his career and Savouring some of the record etched to his name in that long celebrated career.
Dilshans ODI Career- Batting
Matches Runs 100s 50s HS
330 10290 22 47 161
Dilshans ODI Career- Bowling
Matches Wkts Best Catches
330 106 4/4 123
A few key numbers from Dilshans ODI Career
1 Only player to score hundreds across all formats leading the side.
2 Dilshan is one of the two players to score 150 plus twice in losing causes in ODIs.Incidentally, both knocks came against India- 160 in Rajkot in 2009 & 160* in Hobart in 2012.
4674 Runs scored by Dilshan after turning 35 – the most by any player, 12 tons scored by him is also the joint most by a player after turning 35 along with Sanath Jayasuriya.
3 Years in which Dilshan amassed over 1000 runs after 35 – 1119 runs in 2012, 1160 runs in 2013, 1207 runs in 2015.
81 Innings taken by Dilshan to score his maiden ODI century- 117 against Netherlands in Amstelveen in 2006.
1 ODI hundreds scored by Dilshan in his first 154 ODIs. In the next 176 ODIs he scored 21 Tons to his name.
2 Players scoring a century & picking four fers in a world cup game. Dilshan scored 144 runs & took 4/4 in Pallekele 2011.Only other player to do so Netherlands Feiko Kloppenburg.
161 By Dilshan against Bangladesh
in Melbourne is the highest score for Srilanka in World cups.
5 Players scoring 10000 plus runs, taking 100 plus wickets, 100plus catches .Others to do so Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Sanath Jayasuriya, Jaques Kallis.
He has been equally if not evenmore devastating batsmen in the shortest version of the game.
He patented the Dilscoop through which he scored a plenty in his 20 over cricket career.He finishes his career playing 80 T20Is only behind Shahid Afridi's 98.
A few key numbers from Dilshans T20 Career.
1889 Runs scored by him in T20Is- most by a srilankan player and second in the world behin Brendon McCullum (2140 runs).
96 By Dilshan against West Indies in the Semifinals of T20 World cup 2009 at the Oval is still Highest by any player in knockouts.
223 Fours hit Dilshan in T20Is, the most by any Player.
104 He scored his maiden & only T20 Ton against Australia an unbeaten 104 in Pallekele.
317 Runs scored by Dilshan in World T20 2009 is the second most by a player in a single edition
of the tournament after 319 by Virat Kohli in 2014