Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2012 June 19, 2012

'Perera reminds me of Klusener' - Ford


Graham Ford, the Sri Lanka coach from South Africa, has said that Thisara Perera reminded him of former South Africa allrounder Lance Klusener. Perera's outstanding performances with the ball in the ODIs against Pakistan earned him the Man-of-the-Series award.

"The way he hit the ball the other day he reminded me very much of Lance," Ford said. "He is only 23 and is going to develop and get better and more effective. The more times he handles situations the better he will be. He is a wonderful striker of the ball and he's got the same sort of power that Lance had. He is an all-round cricketer just like Lance and contributes in all areas.

"It's very exciting for Sri Lanka cricket to have a young man coming through the ranks and he should be around for a long time and hopefully winning games with his performance in all aspects of the game."

Klusener, reputed for his big hitting in the late stages of an innings, was a left-hand bat and right-arm medium-pace bowler like Perera is. Perera has already developed a reputation for being a finisher with the bat in ODIs. He took 11 wickets at an average of 15.54 against Pakistan which included a hat-trick in the fourth ODI, making him only the fourth Sri Lanka bowler to achieve the feat after Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga and Farveez Maharoof.

Ford had earlier said that Perera, who has been selected for the upcoming Tests against Pakistan, could establish himself in the Sri Lanka Test side.

Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka captain, also heaped praise on Perera. "He is still young and we knew he has a lot of potential," Jayawardene said. "The more games he gets under his belt he'll improve as a genuine all-rounder but he had to work really hard on his bowling in the last six month to get to where he is now. He is one of those guys who worked really hard whether it's fielding, batting or bowling. A lot of credit to him, a great series, hopefully he'll continue to do what he has done for us in the future."

Perera, whose performances helped Sri Lanka take the series 3-1, said he had done some bowling drills with Champaka Ramanayake, the Sri Lanka fast bowling coach. "I have been selected as a bowling all-rounder so my first priority is as a bowler," Perera said.

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  • Denham on June 22, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    As I have told before, this guy Thisara Perera will be our next Sanath Jayasuriya in the future no doubt. Now guys, I used the words "next" and future, so please don't get your pants in a twist.

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    It ought to be quite clear that Mr. Ford is not implying Thisara Perera is AS GOOD AS Lance Klusener, he is not and has a long long way to go before earning the right to be named under the same Class and Category. He is only stating that Thisara reminds him of Lance, no more. Rather disturbing how so many interpret the article totally out of context.

  • Mohit on June 21, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    he just said "perera reminded me of Lance", he did not say that Perera reminded him of Lance in his peak form, or when LK was destroying bowlers all around the world, so maybe Perera reminds him of LK when LK was 3 years old ? or when LK was struggling to hit the ball early in his career?

  • Anupam on June 21, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    MY suggestions to all never compare two players in early. perera just started his career, lets see what will happen he will be better or equal or below to klusener. MENDIS is the next murli many people told this. what happen to mendis every one knows.

  • PV on June 21, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    @lananad.. wat you have quoted is not correct.. zulu won no. of matches in that world cup for SA.. even wen they needed 50+ runs in last 5 over he won the matches for SA against real quality bowlers like wasim akram & waqar younis.. & at that times no 20-20 used to be played.. to get 40 odd runs in 5-6 over used to be very tough task.. not like these days where 70-80 runs can be scored in last 4 overs in 20-20.. perera can never be compared to zulu.. neither is bats as agressively like zulu nor he is a great finishes like zulu.. I agree every1 fails at times but he always won matches & finished matches in positives for SA.. always means always.. most of the times..

  • lananad on June 20, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Ford is not comparing to Klusner. Perera can be better than Klusner, he is still young and a lot to learn and he will learn. Lance Klusner was good but not that good. Like any other South African he failed during big games. SA had a golden opportunity to win 1999 WC but Lance could not finish that game. What a shame. I hope Thisara will do well in crunch games.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Klusener was a great finisher.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Ford knows what he is talking about than most arm-chair coaches ! And who says Klusener is the yardstick for hard hitting fast bowling allrounders ?

  • Anjana on June 20, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Guys... Funny that many people cannot understand what Greham ford says. He has not compared Perera with Klusner. He has just said that Perera reminds him Klusner, probably due to Perera is a very exiting player both with bat and ball and also a player who bowls right arm and bats left handed (Similar to Klusner).

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    you can not compare perera with klusener ford...klusener is only one in universe....

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