Sri Lankan cricket and former captain who is an aggressive right-handed batsman who invented a stroke called "dilscoop," which involves going down on one knee and scooping the ball over the head of a wicket-keeper.
He attended Kalutara Vidyalaya National School in Kalutara, Sri Lanka.
Hus brother Tillakaratne Sampath is a first-class cricketer in Sri Lanka.
He married Manjula Thilini in 2008.
He has played alongside cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya.