Full name Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thisara Chirantha Perera
Born April 3, 1989, Colombo
Current age 31 years 300 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Chennai Super Kings, Colts Cricket Club, Dhaka Platoon, Gloucestershire, Guyana Amazon Warriors, ICC World XI, Jaffna Stallions, Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Melbourne Renegades, Montreal Tigers, Multan Sultans, Mumbai Indians, Quetta Gladiators, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Under-19s, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, St Lucia Zouks, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Wayamba, World-XI
Playing role Bowling 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||Sri Lanka v West Indies at Pallekele, Mar 1, 2020 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Providence, May 3, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Sri Lanka v West Indies at Pallekele, Mar 6, 2020 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Sinhalese Sports Club v Colts Cricket Club at Colombo (SSC), Nov 21-23, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Dambulla v Colombo at Dambulla, Apr 21-24, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Colts Cricket Club v Moors Sports Club at Colombo (Moors), Nov 19, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sri Lanka v West Indies at Pallekele, Mar 1, 2020 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Basnahira North v Wayamba at Colombo (Colts), Apr 17, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Galle Gladiators v Jaffna Stallions at Hambantota, Dec 16, 2020 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|39*, 0/15||Stallions||v Gladiators||Hambantota||16 Dec 2020||T20|
|7||Stallions||v Viiking||Hambantota||14 Dec 2020||T20|
|0/10, 22||Stallions||v Kings||Hambantota||10 Dec 2020||T20|
|1, 0/20||Stallions||v Tuskers||Hambantota||9 Dec 2020||T20|
|-||Stallions||v Viiking||Hambantota||7 Dec 2020||T20|
|18, 0/13||Stallions||v Kings||Hambantota||4 Dec 2020||T20|
|0/11, 9||Stallions||v Gladiators||Hambantota||3 Dec 2020||T20|
|68, 2/9||Stallions||v Tuskers||Hambantota||1 Dec 2020||T20|
|97*, 2/23||Stallions||v Viiking||Hambantota||30 Nov 2020||T20|
|1/30||Stallions||v Gladiators||Hambantota||27 Nov 2020||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.
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