Saturday, June 20, 2009

Open Letter to Tilekaratne Dilshan

Dear TD,

You have been a true star at the World Twenty20.

It has been a pleasure watching you bat and score more runs than anyone else in the competition. That too by some distance.

Considering the way you have batted in these 20-20 matches, it is no surprise that you managed the highest score of the World T20 tonight, that you have the highest average among all batsmen, and that you have hit more 50+ knocks than any other batsmen in this competition.

It was unfortunate that you missed your century in tonight's semi final; you sure deserved one!

Despite that, I believe that your innings single handedly landed Sri Lanka a date with Pakistan on Sunday at Lord's for the World T20 Final.

Your innings was a pure gem and a treat to watch.

You have mesmerized millions during this competition with your awesome strokeplay and an audacious shot that only you can play.

Rather, an audacious shot that you have created and that only you can play.

Last week, I named your shot the "sitting-down-in-weird-frog-type-stance-and-scooping-over-the-keeper-shot".

Since then it has been called "The Dilshan" by some and "The Dilscoop" by others.

I don't exactly know what you like to call it, but whatever it is, I just want to advise you to refrain from using it in the World T20 Final.

For one simple reason really.

The 2007 World T20 witnessed a new star emerge for Pakistan, coincidentally your opponents in the final this year.

That star also created a shot of his own; he played it handsomely, much like you, throughout the competition, piling on score after score taking Pakistan into the final of the 2007 tournament.

However, when it came to the final, that same shot by that same star cost Pakistan the game.

That, TD, should be reason enough for you to refrain from bending down on your knees and scooping the ball over the keeper's head.

Yours sincerely,


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13 Pitched:

  1. Anonymous said...

    Q, TD would score prolly a 100 in the final :)

    Its a battle bw 2 teams with brittle batting and strong bowling.

  2. Wasim said...

    His " Farshi salam style scoop" won't work against us.

    I have a feeling he will get out early in the finals.

  3. Anonymous said...

    provided Umar gul reverse swings him out in first few overs :)

  4. Chullanz said...

    But Q ,no keralite is there in pak team( the famous comment about keralites- you can find a keralite in every nuke and corner of the world).

  5. Mizzy Dee said...

    Q man!
    You just refreshed painful memories. Dilshan has turned out to become an exceptional T20 player. For the sake of Pakistan I'd like to see him fail at The Dilscoop and Akmal take that catch...

  6. Krish said...

    Amazing that an under-par batsman like Dilshan is doing so well in this Twenty20 World Cup. If you look at his record, this has been the first year where he has had a sustained run of good form. Most of his previous success has come against the minnows.

  7. Q said...


    If TD scores a 100 then the rest of the Lankans would probably not score too many.. wouldn't mind that.

    Plus if he does get a 100 it will be one innings worth watching.

  8. Q said...


    Lets wait and c.. he has done well against Pakistan in recent times.

  9. Q said...


    Haha.. ur right abt that one but there are some pathans in the Pak team and maybe u can say the same abt finding them in every corner of the world.

  10. Q said...

    Mizzy Dee,

    If he does play that scoop tomorrow, I think it will cost him his wicket. I can see it coming.

  11. Q said...


    This has no doubt been Dilshan's year.. it all started with his test innings against Bangladesh I think at the beginning of the year.. then Lanka used him as opener in ODIs and it paid off beautifully...

  12. Anonymous said...

    lets send him this letter after the finals

  13. Q said...


    Welcome to Well Pitched.

    If he does get out playing that shot.. I'll make sure he gets this.

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