Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2012

'Perera reminds me of Klusener' - Ford

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

June 19, 2012

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Thisara Perera helped Sri Lanka reach a competitive total, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Hambantota
Graham Ford on Thisara Perera: "The way he hit the ball the other day he reminded me very much of Lance [Klusener]." © AFP

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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Posted by denwarlo70 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by India_boy 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?

Posted by AKS286 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.

Posted by Philippe 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..

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Klusener was a great finisher.

Posted by   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 ?

Posted by Balumekka 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).

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

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

Posted by dariuscorny on (June 20, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

i go with the majority.Parera deserves place in SL eleven but not of the class of Klusener.he was a genuine allrouder one hell of a talent.remember he smashed Wasim,Waqar,S Akhtar all over the park.saw how that guy treated those genuine that match single handedly.iam talking about that match becoz he toyed with the most dangerous attack of WC 99.he won countless matches for SA against very tough oppositions be it with his bowling or batting.infact that was the era when SA looked invincebles.....

Posted by Philippe on (June 20, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

wat a comparison! nobody can be like klusener.. ford should not state something as absurd like this.. perara despite being good player is nowhere near to klusener.. how can anybody do such a comparison.. neither their batting styles match nor the attitude..

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

I think dropping tharanga and playing a other opener who can ball a bit can make team more balanced.we all know dat mathews and thisara are all rounders.if both of them will get hammered who else bowl their quota.if sme bhanuka rajapakse o some one can open the batting along with dilshan, it gives more bowling current team we only have 6 bowlers. malinga, kulasekara (specialist bowlers) , mathews,jeewan,thisara (allrounders), dilshan (part tym). so itz better to have a batsman who can bowl a bit instead of tharanga as opener.

Posted by 9ST9 on (June 20, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

wow Ford just says he "REMINDS" him of klusener and people rant that klusener is better than Perera. Laughable.

Posted by joseyesu on (June 20, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

Like others i too believe that he is no way near to Klusener. but Perera also has some talent in performing at crunch situation. Let' see

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

he is a potent but not a Klusner. Klusner will forever be only one, and no more..

Posted by Lakpj on (June 20, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

Seems that many haven't got what Ford is trying to say, he doesn't say that Perera is better than Klusener, he says perera has the potential. certainty Perera has more bowling talent than Lance. needs to work on his batting and be more consistent. certainty he is a great athlete/fielder so that will add more to the package he brings.

Posted by CaptainKool on (June 19, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

Nah, that's completely wrong. There won't be any Klusener again please. Perera is good but I don't thinks so he is anyway nearer to destructive Klusener..

Posted by Jube on (June 19, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

@140984, he says Perera reminds him of Lance. It does not mean he is right up there but he definitely has the potential ... Perera has some impressive power and bowls at some pace. And should he avoid injuries can really be a star for the future an who knows! - even better than Lance Klusner. Graeme Ford would know - he's been an SA coach and has also closely worked with Klusener. Perera alongwith Matthews and Mahroof have the potential are great assets to the Sri Lankan team...

Posted by NP_NY on (June 19, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

As SL's coach, Ford is supposed to say these things to encourage his players. But as fans lets not get carried away. Perrera is not nearly as destructive a batsman as Kluesner was. But he is definitely a decent bowling all-rounder.

Posted by SICHO on (June 19, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

People are getting too excited here, Thisara "might" be like Lance but he's not and never will be better than Klusener

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

No need to drop Tharanga..I dont these ppl who ask to drop players after 2,3 bad matches have no idea about cricket..Dropping him and making Mahela an opener will destroy the teams balance again..Tharanga is a wonderful player who has a great record and just one bad series wont make any harm..These are the same people who said Mathews and Chandimal should be droped few days ago

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

Perera can be even better..He is deffinely a better bowler than him and i am sure he will improve his batting as he is only 22

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 19, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

@WPDDESILVA, yes you are right. We must play Sachithra Senanayake instead so that our spin bowling gets strength.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Perera has been improving at a very rapid rate. He can bowl over 145kmph and is a thinking bowler. He needs to work on his batting. Needs to play the short ball better and also work on his defense and rotating the strike. He's a natural athlete, so his fielding and reflexes are of high standards. Star in the making for Sri Lanka!

Posted by WPDDESILVA on (June 19, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Drop Upul Tharanga please!! It's painful to him and other to watch him play...

Posted by nitharsh on (June 19, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Yah,Thisara has a lot of pottential.He is going to become as a great all rounder.I hope perera will excel in test series

Posted by Nuxxy on (June 19, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

All Graham Ford said is that Perera "reminds" him of Klusener. He's not doing a David Saker. And he's in a position to know, because he worked with Lance for a long time at provincial level.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

@TWIC - May be in batting thisara is not to the mark of Klusner, but i think has right to share bowling ability with klusner. he is still 23, he may be better than klusner in days to come

Posted by 140984 on (June 19, 2012, 11:24 GMT)


Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Give Thisara time and he will be as good as LK or better...

Posted by TheRedox on (June 19, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Ford knows best of Klusener as he worked with him in Natal.So if he sees something on Perera that related to Klusener,we better watchout Thisara for future.

Posted by TWIC on (June 19, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

No. Just no. Perera is good but not Klusener good, please Mr. Ford

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