Thisara is a vital part of our team, and he still hasn’t come right in New Zealand. If we can have Thisara batting well and bowling well, he’s a match-winner. He has proven that with the amount of man-of-the-match awards he’s won. Right now he’s trying to find that form.
Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardena backed misfiring big hitter Thisara Perera to come out of his frustrating stint with the bat and the ball ahead of the concluded World Twenty20 in February 2015. However, in Thisara’s case, no real improvement was displayed as he certainly has failed to prove his worth in the recent past.
After a promising start to his career, Thisara went on to become a regular member of the Lankan national team. His ability to clear the ropes and maintain a tight line with the ball made him one of the most useful members of the team. He gave it absolutely everything with tremendous determination in the middle.
As a result, Thisara Perera was bought for a thumping sum of money at the money-rich Indian Premier League.
A few years went by and Thisara began to struggle with his performances for Sri Lanka. He failed to deliver up to expectation, leaving the selectors with no choice but to drop him.
However, knowing his potential, the selectors recalled Perera with leaps of faith in the past but it made no real difference in the middle. He continued to underperform when talented youngsters were craving for a place in the team.
Born on the 3rd of April 1989, Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thisara Chirantha Perera started his cricketing career at St. Anthony’s College, Wattala but moved to the prestigious St. Joseph’s College, Colombo after a couple of years.
During his teens, he was selected to represent Sri Lanka in the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup alongside current national skipper Angelo Mathews. The duo showed great promise, making significant contributions during the tournament.
After school, Thisara Perera joined the famous Colts Cricket Club to make his first-class debut. That led to his international debut for Sri Lanka in December 2009. Slowly but steadily, he established himself as a regular member of the national side. He was also part of the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.
In July 2013, he smashed 35 runs off one over against South Africa’s Robin Peterson. Most importantly, though, Perera made a huge contribution in Sri Lanka’s road to glory at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.
“Thisara has worked really hard with the coaches to get here in the past couple of months. The support staff has been fantastic. Though he wasn’t part of the team, he was working really hard and improving his fitness in batting and bowling. That’s what we want, because going into the World Cup he is going to be a major part of our squad. We want him to improve day by day and he’s been brilliant in this series,” said captain Mathews before the 2014 world cup.
Nevertheless, Thisara has been misfiring for quite some time now. He has certainly put the selectors in a bit of pressure as youngsters have shown tremendous promise in the recent past.
Thus, Perera’s fate remains in his own hands. If he wants to break the spell and start performing, he will have to work like never before. A couple of handy performances can certainly restore faith in Thisara’s case.
As for Sri Lanka, an in-form Thisara Perera would certainly come in handy under the circumstances.
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