Mercurial Perera poised to repay Sri Lanka’s faith at World Cup

Thisara Perera

Sri Lankan selectors have long persevered with Thisara Perera’s potential rather than his form and the all-rounder is finally showing signs of maturity in white-ball cricket ahead of his third World Cup appearance. Perera endured a frustrating spell since clubbing a match-winning six to clinch Sri Lanka’s maiden Twenty20 World Cup title in 2014 but has turned a corner over the last 18 months to become one of their most dependable players. The 30-year-old is his country’s top scorer since the start of 2018, with 695 runs in 26 matches and he has taken 32 wickets in the same period.

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  1. Yes another senior player (like Anji) that needs to make it count when it matters. His has plenty of talent to win us games but needs to be smart enough to make it count. His issues have been the same for years, a poor ball or two per over which makes him an expensive bowler and one dimensional batting which makes him an inconsistent batter but capable of winning you a game with bat or ball or both! He needs to reach the levels of Hardick and Russel to a step up to be a real top flight alrounder.

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