Kusal Perera, Sri Lanka batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Flamboyant opener crucial to team getting good starts in upcoming event

KJP is one of the brightest prospects to emerge in recent times and his best is yet to come. Perera will open the batting and he is expected to give explosive starts to his side.

Rex Clementine, May 08, 2019 19:39:11 IST

Popularly known as KJP, Kusal Janith Perera was a right-handed batsman initially and converted himself to a left-handed batsman inspired by Sanath Jayasuriya. He is also known as ‘Podi Sana’ which means small Sanath. Typically, he is strong square of the wicket with the cut and the pull shot being his bread and butter.

File picture of Kusal Perera. AP

File picture of Kusal Perera. AP

Impressive returns in domestic cricket for Colts Cricket Club earned him a place in the Test side having made his ODI debut two years prior to that, having replaced the injured Kumar Sangakkara.

In 2015, KJP scored a half-century in just 17 balls against Pakistan at Pallekele to equal Jayasuriya’s record.

His career has been affected by injuries and other distractions. In 2015, he was sent home in disgrace after the International Cricket Council publicly said that he had failed a drug test. KJP maintained his innocence and after months of scrutiny, he was cleared by the ICC.

KJP rose to sudden fame following his unbeaten 153 in Durban to pull off a thrilling one-wicket win over South Africa. Chasing 304 runs to win, when Sri Lanka were reduced to 226 for nine, there was going to be only one winner. But KJP kept playing his shots and pulled off one of the greatest heists in Test cricket.

Two weeks later, he was forced to return home from the tour with a hamstring injury. Extensive medical tests on his lower body suggested that he was hurting his hamstring frequently due to his abrasive diving technique and the team’s medical staff suggested to the selectors that he should play as a wicketkeeper only.

KJP is one of the brightest prospects to emerge in recent times and his best is yet to come.

Perera will open the batting and he is expected to give explosive starts to his side.

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Updated Date: May 08, 2019 19:39:11 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254