Sri Lankan Former Cricket Star Hashan Tillakaratne
Hashan Tillakartne, former cricketer of the Sri Lankan team, was born in Colombo, on 14th July, 1967. In November 1986, he was selected for his first ODI. Later, in December 1989, he made his appearance in Sri Lanka’s cricket team as a batsman cum wicketkeeper. Since December 1992, Tillakaratne kept on playing as a professional batsman. After the World Cup, held in 1999, he was no more allowed to play in the Sri Lankan cricket team, in ODIs and test matches. However, Tillakaratne resumed his position in the Cricket Team very soon, in 2001, owing to his accomplishment in domestic cricket of first-class level. In 2002-03, he went back to the One Day Internationals also.
In 200 ODI matches, Hashan took 89 catches and 6 stumps. He scored 3789 runs at an average of 29.60 including two centuries and thirteen fifties. His highest score is 104. In test format, Hashan took 122 catches and 2 stumps. He scored 4545 runs at an average of 42.87 including 20 fifties and 11 hundreds. His highest test score is 204. Being a wicket keeper, his stumping record is not too glorious however he was a good batsman as far as test cricket is concerned.
Tillakaratne was selected, as captain of the Sri Lankan Cricket team, in April 2003. However, he succeeded in winning just one, out of a total of ten matches, during his captaincy. In March 2004, he quitted, following a defeat at the hands of Australia. Never after was he chosen to play for Sri Lanka yet again. The cricket board of Sri Lanka selected him as the Executive Director of one of its organisations named, ‘Cricket-Aid’. Its purpose was to supply assistance to the tsunami victims of December 2004. Later on, the same year he was suspended from his position in the midst of allegations. Subsequently, he made his entry into politics and joined UNP, a famous political party of Sri Lanka. In March 2008, MCC, a London-based cricket club, awarded him an honorary lifetime membership.