Personal life and beyond cricket. Dilshan was born on 14 October 1976 in Kalutara, to a Malay father and a Sinhalese mother.
He was educated at Jaffna Sinhala Madya Maha Vidyalaya in Jaffna for a few years, and then at the Kalutara Vidyalaya, where he started his cricket career as a teenager. Dilshan converted from Islam to Buddhism at the age of 16, and was known as Tuwan Mohammad Dilshan.
Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan ( Sinhalese: ති ලකරත් න ඩි ල් ෂා න් ; born Tuwan Mohammad Dilshan on 14 October 1976) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team. As the best rated Sri Lankan player in run- chases in ODI history, he is often regarded as one of the most innovative batsmen of all time.