Dilshan tones down for captaincy


COLOMBO – Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan said on Wednesday he had toned down his image so that he could focus on his new and challenging role as the captain of the side. Dilshan, 34, has dyed his blond streaks back to black and removed his earring after selectors gave him the captaincy following the resignation of Kumar Sangakkara.
“Times have changed,” grinned Dilshan when grilled by reporters as to why he has opted for a sober look. “I pierced my ear, when my daughter cried when her ears were being pierced,” he said during a brief two-day visit to Colombo from Indian Premier League duties. Dilshan plays for IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“Now I don’t see a need to wear the earring. The same with my hair. It was fashionable then for me, it’s not so now,” he said while his actress wife Manjula Thilini smiled sitting in the audience. Dilshan, famous for his signature scoop shot, said he hoped to continue his aggressive batting style when he leads the team on next month’s tour of England. “I’m a bit aggressive. Perhaps I will sometimes change my style a bit. But I might play with it (aggressiveness) even as a captain,” the opening batsman said. “Captaincy is a challenging role for me. It’s a dream come true. I never expected it,” said the father of two.