Thisara Perera Biography
Thisara Perera is a captain’s dream in the limited overs format. He is a genuine wicket-taker, who can consistently hit the right lengths; on the other hand, few in international cricket can match the power with he hits the ball. Over years he has become a crucial part in Sri Lanka’s ODI and T20I plans and has also plied his trade with numerous IPL franchises.
Perera played for Sri Lanka under-19s in the past before he was called up for the tour to India in late 2009 and made an instant impression. On his ODI debut at Kolkata, he biffed 31 off only 14 balls to show his potential. Through 2010, he chipped in with consistent performances with the ball, taking a couple of five-wicket hauls.
He was a part of the Sri Lankan side in the 2011 World Cup, but got a few games. Called up in place of Angelo Mathews for the final, he smashed a quick 22 to propel Sri Lanka to a good total. All these performances only enhanced his reputation as an exciting young cricketer. A Test debut followed, but it wasn’t memorable as Sri Lanka collapsed embarrassingly against England at Cardiff.
Test opportunities have been few, but there is no denying Perera’s prowess in the shorter formats. In 2012 he took a six-wicket haul against Pakistan in an ODI. He hit the winning runs in the final of the ICC World T20 2014.
He has represented five IPL franchises so far, the latest one being Kings XI Punjab. He made it to the headlines when he admitted to being approached by New Zealand to play for them. Perera was at odds with the Sri Lankan management then and almost considered the move. However, he decided against it.
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