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Thisara Perera
තිසර පෙරේරා
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Personal information
Full name Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thisara Chirantha Perera
Born (1989-04-03) 3 April 1989 (age 28)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nickname Panda, TP
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Role Bowling All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 115) 26 May 2011 v England
Last Test 8–12 July 2012 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 141) 24 December 2009 v India
Last ODI 1 April 2017 v Bangladesh
ODI shirt no. 1
T20I debut (cap 36) 3 May 2010 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I 6 April 2017 v Bangladesh
T20I shirt no. 1
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008—present Wayamba
2010 Chennai Super Kings
2011 Kochi Tuskers Kerala
2012 Mumbai Indians
2012 Brisbane Heat
2012 Kandurata Warriors
2013 Sunrisers Hyderabad (#16)
2014—2015 Kings XI Punjab
2015—present Rangpur Riders
2016—present Quetta Gladiators
2016 Rising Pune Supergiants (#16)
2016—present St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
2017—present Melbourne Renegades
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 6 117 56 157
Runs scored 203 1,349 654 1,936
Batting average 20.300 17.98 22.55 19.95
100s/50s 0/1 0/7 -/- 0/8
Top score 75 80* 49 80*
Balls bowled 954 4,217 686 5,887
Wickets 11 127 36 198
Bowling average 59.36 32.01 28.52 28.06
5 wickets in innings 0 3 0 6
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/151 6/44 3/33 6/44
Catches/stumpings 1/0 49/– 18/– 65/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 6 April 2017

Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thisara Chirantha Perera,(Sinhalese: තිසර පෙරේරා; born 3 April 1989 in Colombo), popularly as Thisara Perera, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer who represents Sri Lanka in limited over formats. Domestically he plays for Colts Cricket Club, Rising Pune Supergiants and the Wayamba Wolves. 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.[1] On 12 February 2016, Perera joined Brett Lee to take hat-tricks in both ODI & T20I.[2] 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".[3]

Early career[edit]

Thisara Perera started his cricket career as a teenager at St. Anthony's College, Wattala.[4] 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.[1]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.[5]

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.[1] 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.[6] He took five wickets in an ODI against Australia on the same tour.[7]

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.[8] 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[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] In the 4th ODI of the same series, he shocked Pakistan by taking a hat-trick[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[9]

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.[1]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

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*)[18]

Domestic and franchise cricket[edit]

Perera made his List A and first-class debuts for Colts Cricket Club on in November 2008.[19][20] Barely a year later he was called up to the national team and made his senior international debut.[21]

Indian Premier League[edit]

Perera was purchased by the Chennai Super Kings for US$50,000 in the auction for the 2010 Indian Premier League.[22]

His price increased for the 2011 Indian Premier League, fetching US$80,000 from the Kochi Tuskers Kerala.[23]

During the 2016 Indian Premier League auction he was sold to new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants for INR 1 crore in the second round.[24]

Big Bash League[edit]

Perera joined Melbourne Renegades in January 2017 after Renegades star all rounder, Dwayne Bravo, suffered a hamstring injury.

Personal life[edit]

Perera married his girlfriend Sherami Dinulshika at age eighteen.[25][26]


One-Day International Cricket – Man of the series awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2012 (5 Matches) Won by Sri Lanka 3-1.
2 Pakistan in Sri Lanka (Ind, SL, Aus) in Australia 2014 (3 Matches) Won by Sri Lanka 2-1.

One Day Internationals - Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 India Rangiri Dambulla Stadium, Dambulla 22 August 2010 7.4-1-28-5  Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.[27]
2 South Africa Diamond Oval, Kimberley 20 January 2012 4-0-34-2; 69 (44 balls: 3x4, 5x6)  Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.[28]
3 Australia SCG, Sydney 17 February 2012 7-1-29-2  Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.[29]
4 Pakistan Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy 9 June 2012 10-0-44-6; 24* (14 balls: 2x4, 2x6)  Sri Lanka won by 76 runs.[30]
5 Pakistan R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 16 June 2012 10-1-42-4; 8 (9 balls: 1x4, 0x6)  Sri Lanka won by 44 runs.[31]
6 India MRIC Stadium, Hambantota 24 July 2012 8-3-9-13  Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets.[32]
7 Bangladesh Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka 17 February 2014 9-1-35-1; 80* (57 balls: 3x4, 6x6)  Sri Lanka won by 13 runs.[33]
8 Pakistan MRIC Stadium, Hambantota 26 August 2014 3-0-19-3; 65 (36 balls: 5x4, 4x6)  Sri Lanka won by 77 runs.[34]
9 Pakistan Rangiri Dambulla Stadium, Dambulla 30 August 2014 8-1-34-4  Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.[35]
10 Bangladesh Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 1 April 2017 52 (40 balls: 4x4, 1x6) ; 2-0-14-0  Sri Lanka won by 70 runs.[36]

Twenty20 International Cricket – Man of the match awards[edit]

# Series Date Opponent Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan in Sri Lanka 1 June 2012 Pakistan 2.4-0-23-1; 32* (16 balls: 2x4, 2x6)  Sri Lanka won by 37 runs.[37]
2 Sri Lanka in Australia 28 January 2013 Australia 3-0-25-1; 35* (15 balls: 2x4, 3x6)  Sri Lanka won by 2 runs.[38]
3 Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 14 February 2014 Bangladesh 35* (28 balls: 3x4, 0x6)  Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.[39]
4 Sri Lanka in England 20 May 2014 England 3-0-24-1; 49 (20 balls: 7x4, 2x6)  Sri Lanka won by 9 runs.[40]


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