AB De Villiers had every shot in the book and some that were not in it. He could hit the ball anywhere regardless of who was bowling. One of South Africa’s great players in Tests and ODIs, De Villiers won himself an army of fans playing T20 cricket in the Indian Premier League.

In ODI’s he saved some of his most destructive performances for the West Indies. In 2008, he scored blistering 103 not out off 109 balls in Durban against the Caribbean side. Then in January 2015, he broke the record for the fastest ODI century, reaching it in just 31 balls against West Indies at the Wanderers.

Though he struggled in T20 internationals largely because he was batting too low in the order, De Villers thrived playing in the Indian Premier League as one of the Royal Challengers Bangalore's most successful players.

He never scored a T20 century for South Africa, he scored four in league matches while amassing 8567 runs at a healthy average of 37.15 with a strike rate of 149.77

In a memorable match in the 2014 edition of the  IPL, de Villiers smacked his countryman Steyn for 23 runs in one over.

Career Statistics

Full name: Abraham Benjamin de Villiers

Born: February 17, 1984, Pretoria (36)

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, Barbados Tridents, Botha XI, Brisbane Heat, Delhi Daredevils, Jacques Kallis Invitational XI, Lahore Qalandars, Middlesex, North Eastern Transvaal, Northerns, Pretoria University, Proteas, Rangpur Riders, Rest of South Africa, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s, Titans, Tshwane Spartans

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

 

T20I Career (2004-present)

Mat          Inns         NO          Runs        HS           Ave         BF           SR           100         50            4s            6s               Ct            St

78            75            11            1672        79*          26.12       1237        135.16     0             10            140          60            65            7

 

T20 Career

Mat          Inns         NO          Runs        HS           Ave         BF           SR           100          50            4s            6s               Ct            St

310          292          59            8657        133*        37.15      5780        149.77       4            62            697          397           205          17

 

Career highlights

  • Featured in Wisden Cricketers of the Decade at the end of 2019
  • Tied 2nd most T20I caps for South Africa (78)
  • 2nd most T20I runs scored for SA (18th all-time), 1672- avg. 26.12
  • Most T20 WC matches for SA (30)
  • Leading T20 WC runs scorer for SA (5th all-time), 717r- avg. 29.87
  • 8657 T20 runs at 37.15

A versatile cricketer, Shoaib Malik is capable of hitting big shots but is also capable of effectively rotating the strike. His power was on display in 2003 against South Africa when he scored 82 from 41 balls.

He is one of three batsmen in T20I who have scored more than 1,500 runs joining the likes of Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. In November 2018, he became the leading run-scorer for Pakistan in T20 internationals with more than 2,000 runs.

Domestically, Shoaib Malik captained the now-defunct Sialkot Stallions to eight domestic T20 titles.

He was appointed the captain of the Karachi Kings in the first PSL tournament. In the third season, he joined new PSL franchise Multan Sultans as their captain and scored 224 runs in eight innings with a strike rate of 124.44.

In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Vancouver Knights franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament. In November 2019, he was selected to play for Rajshahi Royals in the 2019-20 Bangladesh Premier League.

 

Career statistics

Full name: Shoaib Malik

Born: February 1, 1982, Sialkot, Punjab (38)

Major teams: Pakistan, Asia XI, Barbados Tridents, Bradman XI, Central Punjab (Pakistan), Chittagong Vikings, Comilla Victorians, Delhi Daredevils, Gloucestershire, Gujranwala, Gujranwala Cricket Association, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Hobart Hurricanes.

Playing role: All-rounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

 

T20I Career (2005-Present)

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS     Ave        BF           SR         100        50

113        105           31         2321       75     31.36     1869      124.18        0          8 

T20 Career                        

Mat        Inns        NO     Runs      HS       Ave        BF         SR         100        50

386        363          99      9892       95*      37.46     7877     125.58      0          61         

 

Career highlights

  • Most capped T20I player of all time (113 matches)
  • 4th most T20I runs, 2321 at an average of 31.36
  • First male cricketer to play 100 T20Is
  • In 2018 became 4th batsman to score 8,000 runs in T20s.
  • Scored 9892 runs at 37.47

England seamer Reece Topley has been ruled out of Tuesday's final ODI with Ireland because of a left groin strain.

Topley, who had seen a promising international career derailed by a series of stress fractures in his back, took his first ODI wicket for over four years in England's win on Saturday.

That four-wicket success clinched the three-match series for the hosts, but Topley will not be available as England look to complete a 3-0 triumph at the Rose Bowl.

Topley, whose last ODI appearance prior to last weekend's victory came in South Africa in February 2016, enjoyed an impressive return and finished with figures of 1-31.

He will hope to recover in time to produce similar performances in this month's T20 series with Pakistan, which begins on August 28.

Guyana Amazon Warriors pace bowler Romario Shepherd is quietly confident that this can be the year the team snaps its Caribbean Premier League (CPL) drought, despite the unusual circumstances surrounding the competition.

Due to issues of safety stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, the entire tournament will be staged in Trinidad and Tobago, with enhanced bio security across two venues.  The teams will begin departing for the twin island republic on Monday, ahead of the tournament’s commencement on the August 8th.

“I am really looking forward to performing and helping us win the tournament this time. It’s long overdue, so this year is our year. Everything is different, so the results will be different this year,” Shepherd told the Guyana Times.

The player believes the task will be made complex by the fact that the majority of players have not been able to play competitive cricket due to the onset of the pandemic

““Being in a pandemic for the first time, I am a bit nervous and tentative going into the tournament. (For) a big tournament like this, you need match practice, and this season will be one of the toughest seasons, not just for me, but for everyone playing in the tournament,” Shepherd said.

“Just the guys coming back from England would have been active, but for the players in the Caribbean, it would be really tough. (There has been) no match practice, and you have to click from the beginning.”

Last season Shepherd claimed 13 wickets in an outstanding season for the Warriors who did not lose until the final.  Despite making it to the final five times the Guyana franchise remains without a title.

 

 

West Indies legend Sir Curtly Ambrose has admitted to some level of disappointment with the performance of young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph in the recently concluded series loss to England.

The 23-year-old was tipped for a breakthrough performance ahead of the England series, but that promised failed to materialise.  Joseph had several bright spells of bowling when the teams met in the Caribbean last year, but in the rematch on English soil, these were few and far between.

Joseph claimed figures of 2 for 98 in the first Test, before getting 1 for 84 in the second Test.  He was replaced in the final Test by off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall.

Ambrose, himself once one of the world’s premier fast bowlers, believes the young West Indian may have been guilty of being too passive.

“I was a little bit disappointed with the performance of Alzarri Joseph.  The pitches they played on, obviously, they were not the quickest, but as a fast bowler, you can’t be telling yourself that boy, it’s a slow pitch so I am just going to amble in and put it on a spot, no.  Whether a pitch is fast or slow, you as a fast bowler have to put out your best, and Alzarri, to me, he was bowling within himself and not looking to bowl fast,” Ambrose told the Antigua Observer.

“Alzarri Joseph is not a put-on-a-spot, hold-up-one-end type of bowler.  Jason Holder, the captain, can do that.  He can’t really bowl fast, but he can come at one end and put it on a spot and swing it around, seam it around and get a couple of wickets, but Alzarri is a guy who has to run in and bowl fast, look to rough up batsmen.  He will look to get wickets obviously, but rough batsmen up and let them know that ‘I am here’.”

 

 

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Mental exhaustion or not enough effort on the field?

  England beat the West Indies by 269 runs and took the series 2-1 to reclaim the Wisden Trophy forever. Windies captain Jason Holder, speaking at the end of the third Test, said, “It’s been challenging, it’s been really challenging, mentally some of the guys are a bit worn out.”

Though I agree it is difficult to play any sport during a pandemic and acknowledge the upheaval, surrounding social injustice issues, taking place, to simply attribute the Windies poor result to these issues is unacceptable. I agree the current climate is different than what anyone has ever experienced before but the Windies loss was brought about by a lack of team effort on the field.

Holder went on to say, “It could be this way for a little while, so we’ve got to find ways to make it work. Hopefully, things could ease up throughout the world and probably guys can get out of the hotel a little bit more, but it has been challenging for sure.”

 Each match was played behind closed doors with players unable to feed off the crowd’s energy.  While I agree that the conditions in which they played were not ideal, as professional athletes they knew the job at hand was to retain the Wisden trophy and play smart cricket. 

The Windies made a great start to their tour with a win, at the Rose Bowl, but England found form in Manchester. The shortcomings of the Windies batsmen in English conditions were exposed numerous times. They conceded first-innings leads of 182 in the second test and 172 in the series decider. The most discouraging factor was the batsmen's inability to capitalize on the numerous starts that they got as a few of the batsmen did make half-centuries. The key difference between both squads was when England got opportunities, they went big, for example, Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley.

England’s bowlers were fresh and eager throughout and that ensured their dominance of the series. A key factor in England’s success was the class of bowlers that were available to choose from as well as the effective rotation of those bowlers. It was useful that none of England’s bowlers bowled in more than two matches – not even Ben Stokes and Dom Bess, who played every game but were not required to bowl.  In the case of the Windies, our bowlers were overworked and two of our key bowlers most notably, Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder, were struggling with niggles.

Though the mental strain of being away from their families and playing the game during the pandemic may have affected the Windies players’ performance, I don’t believe is it the main reason they lost the series.

 

Arsenal has aced the recipe for FA Cup success

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is hoping the FA Cup victory on Saturday will convince captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to stay at the club after they beat Chelsea 2-1. The Gunners captain scored twice to seal the win, taking his team to a 14th FA Cup success. Aubameyang has less than a year left on his contract and his future at the club has been a topic of discussion.

On Saturday, when Aubameyang dropped the trophy before raising it above his head, Arteta joked, “He needs more experience with trophies, we can get him more used to that.” Chelsea’s manager Frank Lampard also commended Aubameyang on his match-winning performance. The North Londoners have now landed a spot in UEFA’s second-tier competition next season. 

This triumph has rectified some of the problems Arsenal had this season, especially after finishing 8th in the Premier League.

 

 The TKR captaincy fits Polly

Kieron Pollard will continue to lead the Trinbago Knight Riders for CPL 2020. Last year, Pollard replaced Dwayne Bravo as captain after he was ruled out with a finger injury.  The decision was a beneficial one and a team with a fit Bravo and Pollard can yield success.

Bravo, who led the team to three CPL titles previously, expressed to the owner that he would rather focus on his game, while Pollard leads the team. I think it is a perfect fit for the team as Pollard and Bravo are great friends and a healthy Bravo with Pollard at the helm puts TKR in a position to win another CPL title.

Pollard has scored 1759 runs in 70 matches, at a strike rate of 148.56. He is the 6th highest run-scorer in the history of the tournament. With the ball, Bravo is the leading wicket-taker with 97 scalps in 69 games. Together both players can use their individual achievements and personalities to get the best of the unit as they seek a 4th CPL title.

The delayed 2020 Indian Premier League season will begin on September 19, pending government clearance, with games to be staged in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. 

This year's edition of the Twenty20 tournament was originally due to start in March, only to be postponed indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had already revealed plans to stage the entire competition in the United Arab Emirates later in the year. 

Following a video conference between members of the IPL's governing council on Sunday, a statement signed by BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced further details regarding the 53-day event, including venues, updated regulations and key dates. 

The final is due to be played on November 10 and there will be 10 double-headers during the round-robin stage, though a full fixture list is yet to be released.

The UAE has staged the IPL previously, co-hosting the 2014 season due to a clash with India's general election.

"The governing council also discussed the comprehensive standard operating procedures (SOPs), which will be finalised and published in due course, including the agencies to execute and deliver a bio-secure environment for safe and successful conduct of IPL 2020 Season," the statement read. 

"The governing council also reviewed the player regulations for replacement players for 2020 season."

The IPL governing council plans to hold a meeting with all franchises in the near future, while the proposals must be ratified by the Indian government. 

the Women's T20 Challenge will also take place in the UAE, with three teams playing four matches during the same week as the IPL play-offs. 

Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt says he has not made a decision on who to support for International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman just yet despite stories suggesting he would, at the very least, not be supporting the bid of his predecessor, Dave Cameron

Speaking on Antigua Observer Radio show, ‘Good Morning Jojo’, Skerritt said he had not responded positively or negatively to a letter from Cameron because it did not seek a response.

“[…] we received a letter from my predecessor which, in effect, he said the letter speaks for itself and he said, looking forward to your support. Nowhere did the letter ask for anything,” said Skerritt.

Skerritt was referring to claims from Cameron that he sent a letter requesting that the CWI support him in his bid for chairman of the ICC, in effect offering him as a candidate the organization nominates.

“The letter was simply saying about all the things that he said I knew about, and in other words, I knew all these things he is going to do so therefore he is looking forward to my support,” said Skerritt.

“He, in effect, was assuming that because Cricket West Indies knew the issues, that he could look forward to our support; and I suppose he feels like that is an automatic support and so the letter came across as look, I expect you to support me. I know he has the right to think that, but however, he has gone on to tell people and I am not sure where he got it from, that I have said I am supporting the [former] chairman [Colin Graves] of the ECB [England & Wales Cricket Board],” he said.

Skerritt, in response to comments that the CWI would be offering its support elsewhere, said no such decision has come because nobody has announced they were yet running for the ICC’s top post.

“Nobody, including the chairman of ECB, to the best of my knowledge, has announced that he is going to be running for the ICC chairmanship,” said Skerritt.

Despite Skerritt’s claims, United States Cricket has written to the ICC, indicating their willingness to nominate Cameron for the top post. Cameron will need two nominations if he is to be part of the process of electing a new ICC Chairman.

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), Dr Keith Rowley, is re-assuring his countrymen that the government has taken no undue risks in its decision to host the entire Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Organisers of the CPL had last month negotiated with the T&T government to host the CPL, usually occurring throughout six countries, solely in the twin-island republic.

The schedule and venues for the CPL have since been released, with the T&T Prime Minister promising a bubble to protect the citizens of T&T.

“Everything that will go on around the CPL will go on in a bubble that does not interact with the national population,” he said.

According to Rowley, all visitors will be screened for COVID-19 before coming to T&T and once they do, they would be subject to all protocols of entry. Once in the country, those visitors are confined to the Hilton Hotel “and that becomes a bubble for them.”

Matches will be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba and at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair.

Those venues form part of the bubble with Rowley saying, "Then (the players) will go to a venue to play the game where they will not interact with the population. So, therefore, the CPL is a bubble that has nothing to do with what goes on with the population in the country."

The CPL is scheduled for August 18-September 10.

South Africa have postponed indefinitely proposed tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies and are unlikely to play again until November, Graeme Smith has revealed.

The Proteas were due to travel to Sri Lanka in June for three ODIs and a trio of Twenty20 fixtures against their hosts, only to cancel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For the same reason they called off a planned trip to the Caribbean set for July and August, when they were due to play two Tests and five T20 matches.

While there was hope of facing West Indies in September instead, director of cricket Smith admits such a scenario is impossible for Cricket South Africa (CSA) due to the rearranged Indian Premier League season.

Several of the country's leading names are contracted to franchises for the T20 tournament, which seems set to be staged in the United Arab Emirates this year.

"The West Indies tour has been postponed indefinitely," Smith told the media on Saturday.

"We are struggling to find the time with the Indian Premier League, when our players are likely to be needed from the beginning of September. Sri Lanka also [postponed].

"I expect that once things get up and running, our team, on the men's side, I would say from November onwards, if all goes well, it will be a really busy period for South African cricket, probably playing in times that we haven't played before and trying to cram in a lot of the missed tours."

As for his own situation with CSA, Smith reaffirmed his commitment to the role amid recent questions raised over his appointment, as well as the coaching staff he put in place.

Mark Boucher was named as head coach ahead of the home series with England, while fellow former international team-mates Jacques Kallis and Paul Harris were introduced to work as batting and spin-bowling consultants respectively.

"If you look at some of the things which are being said around appointments, my appointment and the appointment of my staff, I think some of those things are extremely unfair," Smith said.

"It was good to see CSA president (Chris Nenzani) put that straight with his most recent comments. But I have to come back to my value system and why I got involved in this job.

"Cricket South Africa courted me for a while, I went through the same interview process as everybody else in getting the job.

"I got involved because I have got cricket at heart and to be part of the solution. I want to help create a strong Cricket South Africa."

Shane Watson’s ability with bat and ball was never more on show than at the 2012 T20 World Cup when he bested all and sundry to earn the player of the tournament title. A hard-hitting batsman with a frame not dissimilar to that of his predecessor, Matthew Hayden, Watson is the kind of all-action player the T20 game strives on. A beast in the field, a smart swing bowler, and a more than competent opening batsman means with Watson, a team can find three players in one. So influential has Watson been on the T20 game that he was considered one of the IPL’s all-time greatest-ever players. He also twice won the Australian Twenty20 International Player of the Year award.

Career Statistics (2004-present)

Full name: Shane Robert Watson

Born: June 17, 1981, Ipswich, Queensland (39)

Major teams: Australia, Australia A, Australia Under-19s, Canterbury, Chennai Super Kings, Cricket Australia XI, Deccan Gladiators, Dhaka Dynamites, Gilchrist XI, Hampshire, Islamabad United, New South Wales, Prime Minister's XI, Queensland, Queensland Colts, Queensland Under-19s, Quetta Gladiators, Rajasthan Royals, Rangpur Rangers, Redlands, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sindhis, St Lucia Zouks, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Tasmania

 

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

 

T20I Career (Batting)

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS      Ave      BF         SR         100   50     4s     6s    

58       56       6      1462     124*  29.24     1006     145.32     1      10    115    83        

T20I Career (Bowling)

Mat   Inns   Balls    Runs   Wkts    BBI    BBM     Ave       Econ      SR     4w    5w    10w

58        49    930       1187     48      4/15    4/15     24.72      7.65     19.3     1       0         0

T20 Career (Batting)

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs   HS     Ave      BF      SR         100    50      4s     6s    

332     324    33     8522    124*   29.28    6131   138.99      6      51    753    454        

T20 Career (Bowling)

Mat   Inns   Balls      Runs    Wkts    BBI    BBM    Ave    Econ    SR      4w    5w   10w

332    231     4429      5838      216     4/15    4/15    27.02   7.90    20.5     3       0      0

 

 

 

Career Highlights

  • 2012 T20 WC player of the tournament
  • 4th most T20I caps for Australia (58)
  • 1464 T20I runs at 29.24
  • Most T20 WC runs by an Australian (537)
  • 8522 T20 runs at 29.28 (10th most all-time)

West Indian opener Evin Lewis has gone through his ups and downs with injury and form over the course of his eight-year career as a T20 opener to date. But there is no doubting his big-hitting potential when he is on. There are few more destructive batsmen in world cricket, with Lewis’ 125 still the highest T20I score for the West Indies, a team that boasts a colossus of T20 cricket in Chris Gayle. There are no good deliveries to Lewis when he is on the go, it is no wonder he chose Gayle as his mentor many years ago before he ended up partnering with the big left-hander at the top of the order for the West Indies. Lewis scores big too, the diminutive left-hander having had four centuries in his T20 career to go along with his 29 50s.

 

Career Statistics (2012-present)

Full name: Evin Lewis

Born: December 27, 1991, Port of Spain, Trinidad (28)

Major teams: West Indies, Barisal Bulls, Comilla Victorians, Dhaka Dynamites, Karnataka Tuskers, Mumbai Indians, Punjabi Legends, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, Vancouver Knights, West Indies A, West Indies Cricket Board President's XI, West Indies Under-19s

Playing role: Opening batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS      Ave      BF      SR      100   50      4s     6s    

32       31       2      934      125*   32.20    601   155.40     2      6      64     73   

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs      HS       Ave      BF       SR        100     50     4s     6s   

148     144     8      4217      125*   31.00    2934    143.72      4      29    344    282    

 

Career Highlights

  • CWI 2018 T20I Cricketer of the Year
  • 935 T20I runs at 32.20 and 155.40 strike rate
  • Highest T20I score by West Indian (125*)
  • 4217 T20 runs at an average of 31.00

Long before making his debut for India as a 27-year-old for India, Shikhar Dhawan had displayed serious talent as a T20 batsman. His stylish stroke-making was always something that could take a game away from an opposition and with a strike rate of 123, that threat must be taken seriously. While he is yet to convert any of his starts into hundreds, the 54 half-centuries he has accumulated tell the tale of a consistent performer.

 

Career Statistics (2007-present)

Full name: Shikhar Dhawan

Born: December 5, 1985, Delhi (34)

Major teams India, Deccan Chargers, Delhi, Delhi Capitals, Delhi Daredevils, Delhi Under-16s, India A, India B, India Blue, India Emerging Players, India Green, India Masters, India Red, India Seniors, India Under-19s, Indian Board President's XI, Mumbai A, Mumbai Indians, North Zone, Rest of India, Sunrisers Hyderabad, UWI Vice Chancellor's XI

Playing role: Opening batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave      BF         SR        100     50      4s     6s 

61       59      3      1588       92    28.35    1238     128.27      0      10      175   47    

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave      BF      SR         100   50    4s     6s   

259    256     26    7294       97*   31.71   5899    123.64      0    54    831   166        

 

Career Highlights

  • 5th most T20I runs scored by an Indian, 1588- avg. 28.35
  • Most T20I runs in the calendar year 2018
  • 61 T20I caps for India
  • 7294 T20 runs at 31.71

Trinidad and Tobago batsman, Lendl Simmons was one of the first cricketers from the region to say definitively, he was going to focus almost solely on the shortest form of cricket. For many, it was a shame because Simmons is an undoubtedly talented opening batsman, whose technique suggests he can play in any format. The nephew of West Indies coach Phil Simmons, Lendl has all the shots in the book and makes six-hitting losing easier than most. It has been a long time since he scored 540 runs in a season of the IPL, the 2015 effort bringing the Mumbai Indians the title. But still, Simmons’ ability is such that leaving him out of a team is scarcely ever a wanted outcome. In 2016, for instance, Simmons, suffering from a back injury was left out of the West Indies team but featured in a semi-final after Andre Fletcher was injured. His unbeaten 82, acquired from just 51 deliveries, helped guide the eventual champions into the final.

 

Career Statistics (2007-present)

Full name: Lendl Mark Platter Simmons

Born: January 25, 1985, Port of Spain, Trinidad (35)

Major teams: West Indies, Brampton Wolves, Bravo XI, Brisbane Heat, Chattogram Challengers, Chittagong Vikings, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, Karachi Kings, Khulna Titans, Maratha Arabians, Mumbai Indians, Mumbai T20, Northern Warriors, Peshawar Zalmi, Rajshahi Royals, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, St Lucia Stars, St Lucia Zouks, Trinbago Knight Riders, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies A, West Indies B, West Indies Board XI, West Indies Players Association XI, West Indies Under-19s, Winnipeg Hawks

Playing role: Top-order batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium-fast

Fielding position: Occasional wicketkeeper

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave       BF      SR       100   50      4s     6s    

54        53      9      1189     91*   27.02     966    123.08    0      8      108     51   

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs      HS     Ave       BF         SR        100   50    4s     6s   

249     245    25     6654      100*  30.24     5576     119.33      1    54    611   292       

 

Career Highlights

  • 7th most capped West Indies T20I cricketer (54)
  • 1189 T20I runs at 27.20 (3rd most runs by a West Indian)
  • 4th most T20 WC runs for West Indies (320)
  • 6654 T20 runs at 30.24 average

An exciting batsman, known for his aggression and brilliant timing, Tillakaratne Dilshan even has a shot named after him, the Dilscoop.

Dilshan did not start opening the innings for Sri Lanka or other T20 outfits around the world until about 2009, and the move up the order for the wicketkeeper, was brilliant. That year he would win the World Twenty20 Player of the Series for his exploits. With his move up the order, Dilshan also ditched the gloves for the most part and proves to be an asset in the field, especially at backward point. He bowls a little offspin as well, making his addition to any T20 team, a blessing.

 

Career Statistics (2004-2016)

Full name: Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan

Born: October 14, 1976, Kalutara (43)

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Basnahira South, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Delhi Daredevils, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kalutara Town Club, Karachi Kings, Northern Districts, Peshawar Zalmi, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club, Singha Sports Club, Surrey, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs    HS     Ave      BF         SR        100   50     4s     6s    

80         79    12    1889     104*  28.19    1567     120.54      1    13     223   33        

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave      BF         SR        100     50    4s     6s    

221    217     25     5193     104*  27.04    4228     122.82      1      34    633   110        

 

Career Highlights

  • Most runs in T20I for Sri Lanka (14th all-time), 1889, avg. 28.19
  • Most T20 WC matches (35)
  • Player of the tournament and most runs scored at 2009 T20 WC
  • ICC International Performance of the Year award (2009)
  • 1st Sri Lankan to score 1,500 runs in T20Is
  • 1st cricketer to score centuries in all formats as a captain.
  • 5193 T20 runs at 27.04
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