Full name Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thisara Chirantha Perera
Born April 3, 1989, Colombo
Current age 27 years 86 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Chennai Super Kings, Colts Cricket Club, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Under-19s, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Wayamba
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Height 6 ft 1 in
Education St. Joseph's College, Maradana
|Test debut||England v Sri Lanka at Cardiff, May 26-30, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Pallekele, Jul 8-12, 2012 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v Sri Lanka at Kolkata, Dec 24, 2009 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Mount Maunganui, Jan 5, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Providence, May 3, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Delhi, Mar 28, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Sinhalese Sports Club v Colts Cricket Club at Colombo (SSC), Nov 21-23, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Nondescripts Cricket Club v Colts Cricket Club at Colombo (NCC), Jan 31-Feb 2, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Colts Cricket Club v Moors Sports Club at Colombo (Moors), Nov 19, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Mohammedan Sporting Club v Abahani Limited at Savar (3), Jun 15, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Basnahira North v Wayamba at Colombo (Colts), Apr 17, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Rising Pune Supergiants v Kings XI Punjab at Visakhapatnam, May 21, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/75, 5||Mohammedan||v Abahani Ltd||Savar (3)||15 Jun 2016||LA|
|2/35, 4||Mohammedan||v Rupganj||Dhaka||12 Jun 2016||LA|
|1/24, 23||Supergiants||v Kings XI||Visakhapatnam||21 May 2016||T20|
|0/27||Supergiants||v Daredevils||Visakhapatnam||17 May 2016||T20|
|13||Supergiants||v KKR||Kolkata||14 May 2016||T20|
|0/26, 17||Supergiants||v Sunrisers||Visakhapatnam||10 May 2016||T20|
|14, 0/40||Supergiants||v RCB||Bangalore||7 May 2016||T20|
|0/9, 14*||Supergiants||v Daredevils||Delhi||5 May 2016||T20|
|12*, 0/35||Supergiants||v Mum Indians||Pune||1 May 2016||T20|
|3*, 2/41||Supergiants||v Guj Lions||Pune||29 Apr 2016||T20|
A bustling right-arm seamer and sporadically effective left-handed hitter, Thisara Perera has been been in Sri Lanka's short-format sides since 2010. Bowling is ostensibly Perera's major skill but, often deployed in the lower-middle order, he is also capable of delivering furious finishes to an innings. Perera is particularly severe on spin, which has led to his being used as a pinch-hitter through the middle overs, but he has at times also been weak to quality pace bowling.
He is the kind of player for whom form in one discipline usually bleeds into the other. Dropped for the limited-overs series against South Africa in July 2014, but roared back in the following ODI series against Pakistan, getting his bowling and his hitting in order. He struck 78 runs at a rate of 169.56 and claimed a series-high nine wickets at an average of 10.66.
Perera has also done well with bat and ball on previous tours to Australia, and has often been at his best against India, memorably slamming the straight six that completed Sri Lanka's World T20 triumph in 2014. His more recent years have been beset by inconsistency but Perera continues to command a place in the side. He has hat-tricks in both ODIs and T20s.
Perera began his schooling at St Anthony's, Wattala, before accepting a scholarship to join St Joseph's College. It turned out to be a productive move as he teamed up with Angelo Mathews and produced many noteworthy performances in the thriving schools cricket scene. Perera played a key role in helping his school break the hoodoo in the Battle of the Saints (against St Peters College) that lasted more than 35 years. He received his maiden national call-up during Sri Lanka's tour of India in 2009 as an emergency replacement for Mathews.
That quickly led to an IPL contract, as he was bought by Chennai Super Kings for $50,000, and he has been one of the few Sri Lanka players to consistently find employment in the competition.
Andrew Fidel Fernando
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane
Test cricket needs to be given back to the people. Everybody must buy in to this bigger picture or the moment will pass us by