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How Dilshan became an opener!

How Dilshan became an opener!

Ever wondered how Tilakratne Dilshan, the champion Sri Lankan opener and a Royal Challenger, ended up as one of the most successful and explosive openers of world cricket today? Over to Dilshan: “I batted at No. 7 from 1999 to 2008. I felt I could do more at the top of the order and I volunteered to open. I had a chat with Mahela Jayawardene and he said, 'okay you first play in the domestic season and let's see'. I got the Man of the Series in the domestic tournament and from there my game totally changed.” The rest was history!

Ever wondered how Tilakratne Dilshan, the champion Sri Lankan opener and a Royal Challenger, ended up as one of the most successful and explosive openers of world cricket today? Over to Dilshan: “I batted at No. 7 from 1999 to 2008. I felt I could do more at the top of the order and I volunteered to open. I had a chat with Mahela Jayawardene and he said, 'okay you first play in the domestic season and let's see'. I got the Man of the Series in the domestic tournament and from there my game totally changed.” The rest was history!

Playing in his second world cup, Dilshan, the cornerstone of Sri Lanka’s success story in recent years, says his team is ready for the games. “Everything is going well at the moment for us and we are looking forward to the World Cup," Dilshan said. “Whenever I get a chance I want to get a start and capitalize on that and get big runs. I am going to give 100% for the team and am looking forward to the games,” according to reports.

Referring to Sri Lanka’s chances, which are already termed as one of the favourites in this World Cup, Dilshan said, “In the last 15 months, we have played 27 ODIs and lost only six. Now, that's quite a good record. We are very consistent and it's a very good sign as well.” Ruwan Kalpage, Sri Lanka’s fielding coach is putting his wards through the grill and the results showed in the team’s performances, informed Dilshan.

Sri Lanka plays two warm up matches against Netherlands and West Indies before opening their WC campaign against Canada on February 20.

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He is Sri Lanka's Sehwag. Also he can bowl off-breaks like Sehwag. And he is a very good fielder. Overall he is a utility player and you can't keep him out of the team. Hope to see many DILSCOOPS from him :)
Sujansalian on 12 Feb 2011, 02:14 AM
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