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Thisara Perera
තිසර පෙරේරා
Thisara Perera.jpg
Personal information
Full nameNarangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thisara Chirantha Perera
Born (1989-04-03) 3 April 1989 (age 29)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
NicknamePanda, TP
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
BattingLeft-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm Medium Fast
RoleAll-rounder / T20 International Captain
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 115)26 May 2011 v England
Last Test8 July 2012 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 141)24 December 2009 v India
Last ODI23 October 2018 v England
ODI shirt no.1
T20I debut (cap 36)3 May 2010 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I27 October 2018 v England
T20I shirt no.1
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2008—presentWayamba
2010Chennai Super Kings
2011Kochi Tuskers Kerala
2012Mumbai Indians
2012Brisbane Heat
2012Kandurata Warriors
2013Sunrisers Hyderabad (#16)
2014—2015Kings XI Punjab
2015, 2017—presentRangpur Riders
2016—presentQuetta Gladiators
2016Rising Pune Supergiants (#16)
2016St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
2016—17Melbourne Renegades
2017—2018Gloucestershire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 6 145 75 157
Runs scored 203 1,867 1,077 1,936
Batting average 20.30 19.44 23.93 19.95
100s/50s 0/1 0/9 0/3 0/8
Top score 75 80* 61 80*
Balls bowled 954 5,140 1,012 5,887
Wickets 11 163 50 198
Bowling average 59.36 30.61 30.82 28.06
5 wickets in innings 0 4 0 6
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a n/a
Best bowling 4/151 6/44 3/24 6/44
Catches/stumpings 1/0 56/– 29/– 65/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 29 October 2018

Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thisara Chirantha Perera,(Sinhalese: තිසර පෙරේරා; born 3 April 1989), popularly as Thisara Perera, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and a former limited overs captain for Sri Lanka,[1] who currently represents Sri Lanka in limited over formats. Domestically he plays for Colts Cricket Club, Rising Pune Supergiants, Wayamba Wolves, and have recently joined Gloucestershire squad to play NatWest T20 Blast. Primarily a bowling all-rounder, he is an aggressive left-handed batsman who can hit big sixes in death overs and is a useful right-arm medium-fast bowler.

On 26 July 2013 against South Africa, Perera hit Robin Peterson for 35 runs in one over. (6,Wd, 6,6,6,4,6), which is recorded as the second most expensive over in ODI History.

Perera was a part of the Sri Lankan team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.[2] On 12 February 2016, Perera joined Brett Lee to take hat-tricks in both ODI & T20I.[3] In Australia he is known by his nickname "panda", which was bestowed upon him by George Bailey during his stint at BBL with the Brisbane Heat, although he prefers "TP".[4]

Early career[edit]

Thisara Perera started his cricket career as a teenager at St. Anthony's College, Wattala.[5] He later attended the prestigious St. Joseph's College, Colombo, which has produced Sri Lankan cricketers such as Chaminda Vaas, Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne. He represented Sri Lanka at various youth levels, and was selected for the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. In November 2008, he made his first class debut for the Colts Cricket Club.[2] He has picked up 41 wickets in 18 U19 ODIs.He's also the leading wicket taker for Sri Lanka national under-19 cricket team without grabbing a fifer in his career.[6]

International career[edit]

ODI career[edit]

Thisara Perera batting against England

Perera made his international debut for Sri Lanka in December 2009, in a late call-up to play in an ODI against India in Kolkata.[2] He took his first five-wicket haul in international cricket in August 2010, earning him the player of the match award in an ODI victory over India.[7] He took five wickets in an ODI against Australia on the same tour.[8]

Thisara Perera getting ready to bowl.JPG

Perera was a member of Sri Lanka's squad for the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh. He was part of the team defeated in the final of the tournament by India, scoring 22 not out off ten deliveries and taking the wicket of Gautam Gambhir.[9] He was not selected for the Test series against Pakistan later in the year, being retained only for the ODI and Twenty20 sides, but was recalled to the Test team for the end-of-year tour of South Africa[10] He played two ODIs on the tour and scored his first half-century in the format—69 not out off 44 balls—to help Sri Lanka to victory in the fourth of the five-match series in Kimberley.[11] In the 2nd ODI of 2012 series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, he done brilliant late-order hitting and became first ever person to take 6 wickets against Pakistan in an ODI - his career best. This performance won him the Man of the Match as well.[12] In the 4th ODI of the same series, he shocked Pakistan by taking a hat-trick[13] and managing a run-out in his maiden over took the wicket of saajid and became first Sri Lankan to register a hat-trick against Pakistan.[14]

Perera also has the record for the highest ODI score for Sri Lanka when batting at number 9 position or lower when he scored unbeaten 80 runs.[15]

Test career[edit]

He was selected in Sri Lanka's Test squad for a series against England. He made his debut in the first Test of the series at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.[ In an innings defeat, he scored 25 and 20 with the bat and took no wickets. He was not selected for the Test series against Pakistan later in the year, being retained only for the ODI and Twenty20 sides, but was recalled to the Test team for the end-of-year tour of South Africa. He played in all three Tests of the tour, scoring 81 runs and taking five wickets.[10]

Thisara Perera 2.JPG

T20 International Career[edit]

In May 2010, he made his Twenty20 international debut, representing Sri Lanka in the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies.[2]

He was a member of the Sri Lankan team that in October 2010 inflicted Australia's first defeat in a Twenty20 international in Australia, bringing up Sri Lanka's final 16 runs to win the match off three deliveries.[16]

Perera also contributed to the win 2014 ICC World Twenty20 championship which was Sri Lanka's first World T20I title. In that innings against India in the final, Perera had an unbeaten partnership with Kumar Sangakkara and hit the winning boundary.

He also took a Hat-Trick on 12 February 2016 in a T20I series against India, which is the fourth overall and first by a Sri Lankan. However, he was gone for nought in batting and Sri Lanka lost the match by 69 runs.[17]

He has played the most number of T20I innings(45) for Sri Lanka without scoring a T20I fifty and also holds the record for scoring most number of T20I runs for Sri Lanka without hitting any fifties.[18]

He too has the record for the highest individual score for Sri Lanka when batting at number 7 position or lower in Twenty20 International (49) and also jointly holds the record for Sri Lanka for the highest score batting at number 8 position in T20I along with Angelo Mathews(35*)[19]

In August 2017, he was named in a World XI side to play three Twenty20 International matches against Pakistan in the 2017 Independence Cup in Lahore.[20] In the second T20I of the series, Perera took 2 wickets and scored an unbeaten 19-ball 47 runs to lift the World XI to win by 7 wickets. The score highlighted by five huge sixes and Perera won the man of the match award for his match winning all-round performances.[21]

In April 2018, he was named in the Rest of the World XI squad for the one-off T20I against the West Indies, to be played at Lord's on 31 May 2018.[22]

Captaincy[edit]

In October 2017, against Pakistan he was named as captain for Sri Lanka for 3 match T20I series.[23]This announcement came after Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed that the fixture in Lahore would go ahead as planned and their limited-overs captain, Upul Tharanga, had pulled out of the match due to security reasons.[24] Ahead of the T20I in Lahore, Cricket Sri Lanka's president Thilanga Sumathipala said that the team was privileged to be in Pakistan and that he would help support the country in hosting more tours.[25] Najam Sethi, chairman of the PCB, said that this fixture would be the start of international cricket returning to the country, with him expecting every country to play in Pakistan by the end of 2020.[26] Despite all those efforts, Sri Lanka suffered another whitewash and lost the T20I series 3–0.[27]

On 29 November 2017, Perera was named as Sri Lanka's captain for the ODI and T20I matches against India, replacing Upul Tharanga.[28] The change came due to poor performance and whitewash losses under Tharanga's captaincy.[1]

His first ODI captaincy came in the first ODI against India at Dharamsala. In the match, Perera won the toss and elected to field first. The result gave full sorts of validity, where the Sri Lankan pacers led by Suranga Lakmal devastated the Indian batting line up. At one time, India were seven down for just 39 runs, until MS Dhoni paced the innings to reach India's total over hundred. Finally India scored 112 runs and Perera took the wicket of Dhoni as the final wicket of the innings. This 112 ranked as India's third-lowest in ODIs at home and their lowest at home when batting first.[29] Sri Lanka comfortably won the match by 7 wickets and finished their 12 ODI loss streak as well.[30] Finally, Sri Lanka lost the ODI series 1-2.[31] In the T20I series, Sri Lanka suffered a 3 loss whitewash, by giving 6 consecutive losses under Perera's captaincy.[32]

In May 2018, he was one of 33 cricketers to be awarded a national contract by Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of the 2018–19 season.[33][34]

Domestic and franchise cricket[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Perera made his List A and first-class debuts for Colts Cricket Club on in November 2008.[35][36] Barely a year later he was called up to the national team and made his senior international debut.[37]

In March 2018, he was named in Colombo's squad for the 2017–18 Super Four Provincial Tournament.[38][39] The following month, he was also named in Colombo's squad for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.[40]

In August 2018, he was named as the captain of Dambulla's sqaud the 2018 SLC T20 League.[41]

T20 franchise[edit]

Perera was purchased by the Chennai Super Kings for US$50,000 in the auction for the 2010 Indian Premier League.[42] His price increased for the 2011 Indian Premier League, fetching US$80,000 from the Kochi Tuskers Kerala.[43] During the 2016 Indian Premier League auction he was sold to new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants for INR 1 crore in the second round.[44]

On 3 June 2018, he was selected to play for the Montreal Tigers in the players' draft for the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament.[45][46] In September 2018, he was named in Paktia's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[47] The following month, he was named in the squad for the Comilla Victorians team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[48]

Personal life[edit]

Perera married his girlfriend Sherami Dinulshika at age eighteen.[49][50]

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