Thisara Perera, Sri Lanka all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Perera could be the finisher and match-winner Sri Lanka need

With signs of maturity, Thisara Perera can be a match winner for Sri Lanka during the World Cup. The team has shown a tendency to send him higher up the order as well in recent times rather than his customary number seven.

Rex Clementine, May 08, 2019 21:13:06 IST

Known for his eccentrics which included turning down a tour to Australia at the age of 18 as he would miss his girlfriend, Thisara Perera has matured with time and has gone on to captain his country in white ball cricket.

File picture of Thisara Perera. Reuters

File picture of Thisara Perera. Reuters

An ability to clear the boundary with ease makes him deadly in the shorter formats of the game but his full potential has been never realised despite a decade of international cricket. This is his third World Cup. This year, he has looked to have turned a huge corner and Sri Lankans will be hoping the best of Perera will come at the World Cup.

Perera gave up on the longer format of the game to make most of the mushrooming T-20 leagues. However, last season, he returned to first-class cricket on the request of head coach Chandika Hathurusingha to work on a few areas in his game and that has stood in good stead moving forward. Apart from the improvements in his batting, his bowling has more control having worked considerably on his stock ball.

In batting, his defence has been tight and he now has more options other than just swinging the bat at every ball. Predominantly an on-side player, since making his first-class return, Perera has improved on his off-side shot making as well.

His all-round returns have been impressive in the last 18 months. This year he is Sri Lanka’s highest run-getter in ODIs and the second highest wicket-taker behind Lasith Malinga. In 2018, he scored the most runs for his country and his 25 wickets were only behind Akila Dananjaya’s 28.

With signs of maturity, Thisara Perera can be a match winner for Sri Lanka during the World Cup. The team has shown a tendency to send him higher up the order as well in recent times rather than his customary number seven.

Sri Lanka will be expecting Perera to play the role of finisher during the World Cup.

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Updated Date: May 08, 2019 21:13:06 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