Thisara Perera is the most improved cricketer in the Sri Lankan team. He is dedicated and humble, there is no doubt in my mind that Perera will lead in the national side. He should be considered for captancy in six years time for setting an example of working hard for the team.
The turning point in Perera’s career was the tour of Australia, where he took 5 wickets in the ODi series and scored 16 runs in 3 balls against Australia in Australia in a T20 match which Sri Lanka won.
When he was selected for the Test series in England, I felt it was too soon for the young Perera because it could damage his confidence. But he was defiant and proved me wrong and showed what he is made of against the Pakistanis in the ongoing 2012 Test series in Sri Lanka.
Perera is arguably the player of the whole tour. He was contributing with the bat and ball during the ODIs as well.
When he was recalled to the Test and ODI team for the tour of South Africa. He scored 81 runs and took five wickets in all three Tests. Perera played two ODIs and scored his first half-century impressively (69 not out off 44 balls) to help Sri Lanka to victory in the fourth ODI match, it was like watching Lance Klusener.
In the 2012 2nd ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, he done brilliant late order hitting and Perera became first ever cricketer to take 6 wickets against Pakistan in an ODI, it is a remarkable achievement at a young age which is also his career best. In the 4th ODI of the same series, Perera shocked Pakistani’s for the joy of all the Lankan fans by taking a hat-trick and even managing a run-out in his maiden over and he also became first Sri Lankan ever to register a hat-trick against Pakistan.
What lies ahead for our national treasure, there is a long way to go and there is more to come from the most improved player in Sri Lanka National side. In the future we will hear his name ‘Perera’ more than any other player in the Sri Lanka national team.
Good luck and take Sri Lanka to glory in T20 World cup 2012.