Tillakaratne Dilshan resigns from Sri Lanka captaincy
Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Tillakaratne Dilshan resigned from the captaincy of the Sri Lankan cricket team on Monday.
Tillakaratne Dilshan was appointed skipper of the Sri Lankan squad across all formats after the 2011 World Cup when Kumar Sangakkara resigned from the post.
Under Dilshan, Sri Lanka hosted Australia while touring England, UAE (hosted by Pakistan) and South Africa. They lost the Test and ODI legs on all the series, winning only the T20is against Australia at home as Dilshan himself suffered a severe batting slump.
In 11 Tests, Dilshan scored 672 runs at an average of 33.60 with four fifties and a century, a splendid match saving 193 in his second Test in charge against England at Lord’s. Sri Lanka won 1 Test match under Dilshan, their historic first ever Test win in South Africa coming at Durban but they also lost 5 Tests in the period including 2 against Australia at home while managing to draw only 5.
In 3 T20is, Dilshan captained Sri Lanka to victory in two home games against the Australians, striking 104*, his first T20i ton in his first T20i in charge which helped SL win the T20 leg of Australia’s tour. The sole loss came against Pakistan in Dubai but didn’t affect his average of 68 as captain.
It was in ODI cricket that Sri Lanka felt the loss of Tillakaratne Dilshan's ferocious knocks at the top as he searched for consistency. From being the leading run scorer in the 2011 World Cup, Dilshan scored just 440 runs in 21 matches with three fifties and no centuries. He averaged just 20.95, winning 8 games and losing 13, including one game in which Sri Lanka were bowled out for 43 runs by South Africa at Paarl.
Dilshan will play in the Commonwealth Bank ODI tri series against Australia and India in Australia in February-March. Sri Lanka will be led by Mahela Jayawardene who was named captain of the Sri Lankan squad yesterday after Dilshan's announcement.
It is in Australia that Dilshan will set out to rediscover his form as one of the most dangerous opening batsmen and all rounders in world cricket today.