Just after the illustrious cricketing career which spanned for nearly two decades performing yeoman service as an all rounder in all formats of the game to the country, TM Dilshan the craftsman of the “Dilscoop” cricket stroke that embossed his patent on the most talked about new stroke in cricket. The presenter in an television interview aptly added that Dilshan was the most gossiped about and trendiest person in the country then, subsequent to quitting the game.
Even Dilshan himself may not have known that he had such abundant crazy fans scattered island wide. The fans thronged to the Pallekelle International stadium as well as the R.Premadasa International stadium in their colossal figures to accord him a supreme exit. The elegance with which the fans behaved at these grounds with placards was ample testimony to his gigantic fame. The fans gave him a greeting hitherto no other player had received in the annals of our cricketing narration.
As all cricket fans would know that there was no sponsorship from the Sri Lanka Cricket for his farewell unlike given to some senior cricketers who quit in the recent past. His said he does not need to hoist flags in Colombo and such similar fanfares. But he was contented to get a warm send off by his huge number of passionate fans. Many former players before quitting were kept lifted by the media but he quipped that he is a cricketer who does not require such face-lifts and does not like to resort to such strategies as he was confident that during his tenure he had performed to his utmost to uplift the image of the country and had never performed for individual gains.
Dilshan has quipped that he was instrumental in bringing many talented youngsters like Thissara ,Chandimal, Lakmal ,Sachithra Senanayake, Prasanna and others who were performing well in domestic tournaments into the squad. At those moments the seniors then had not idolized it. He said he was very happy to have played under the captaincy of Chandimal whom he had brought in, in his farewell appearance. He had added that although many senior players were not in talking terms with him he applied a strategy when playing for one’s country one should have lucid psyche in focus particularly when facing a bowler hurling at 150 kmh. Hence he was more concerned in performing his best in the middle and not interested in taking such qualms on to the cricket field.
Even when his name was proposed as skipper senior players had questioned “how Dilshan could captain as he is sporting ear rings a peculiar beard etc”.
It is a damn pity that innovative “Dilscoop” stroke was not applauded by many senior players. They were obviously jealous as Dilshan’s , dilscoop name was to enter the cricket books. They had said only people who have no brains play such strokes , ‘starfish’ etc.
During the T/20 Cricket World Cup in England ,the authorities in the International Cricket Conference had wanted to suggest some names for the stroke invented by Dilshan to fetch into the cricket books. The former England captain Nassar Hussein had asked Dilshan if he liked to name it as “Dilscoop”. Dilshan without the least pause had said he likes. Hence ‘Dilscoop’ was inscribed into the cricket books of the ICC. It needs to be cited though several batsmen have endeavoured the ‘Dilscoop’ no one has been able to conquer it yet. Hence ‘Dilscoop’ is unique to Dilshan only. He needs to be acclaimed with thumbs up and ovation.
These were some of the countless frustrations that Tillkeratne Dilshan had to facade and trounce during most part of his flourishing cricketing career. Dilshan had quipped that it was his cerebral robustness that endured him to accomplish well despite all these conspiracies.
Sunil Thenabadu in Brisbane