- D.O.B.: 24/04/1989
- Player Type: Batting All-Rounder (Spin)
- Placed: Clitheroe CC
- Nationality: Sri Lankan
- Playing Role: Right-handed Top Order Batsman and Right-arm Off Spin
- Coaching qualifications: None
- Recent teams: Sri Lanka, Barbados Tridents, Negombo
- Entry route: International Sportspersons Visa
- Available: April to September
An opening batsman of rare power, Dilshan earned a call-up to the national side for the 2012 World Twenty20 after impressing at the inaugural SLPL, in which he was the top scorer. Brutal on anything short and almost as severe when bowlers overpitch, he is a firm convert of the Sanath Jayasuriya school of opening – hit it hard, long and over the infield. His 44 from 23 balls to clinch the SLPL title for the Uva Next franchise included five sixes and two fours.
A product of Nalanda College and the son of a former first-class cricketer, Dilshan began playing cricket at age 12 and rose through the age grades to represent Sri Lanka at U-19 level, before moving on to U-23 cricket at Bloomfield Cricket Club. He had been in and out of the Sri Lanka A team prior to national selection, but had marked himself out as a future talent nonetheless, first as a teenager when he struck six consecutive sixes in the Ananda-Nalanda school cricket match, and later by winning a single-wicket tournament organised by SLC.
He was dropped from Sri Lanka’s T20 side in early 2013, after a string of modest scores, and didn’t play a part in the 2014 World T20 victory. He featured in several overseas domestic T20 tournaments over the following years however, the Caribbean Premier League and Bangladesh Premier League among them. His success at those events, and an improving record in Sri Lanka’s domestic tournaments, paved the way for his re-selection to the Sri Lanka squad – for a T20 tour to Australia in February 2017.
His first class record has been impressive in all formats of the game scoring over 6000 first class runs to date. Now retired from International cricket he is looking for a full season in the Uk. He would require family accomodation. What a player available for club cricket he would be a sensational signing for any club.
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