Sri Lankan all-rounder, Thisara Perera has announced his retirement from International cricket on Monday. The 32-year old informed the board that the decision was made in order to give more opportunities to youngsters while focusing more on his family and personal goals.
He was a part of the Sri Lankan squad that finished as the runner-ups at the ICC World Cup 2011. He was also a part of the T20 World Cup winning squad in 2014, where Sri Lanka defeated India in the finals. Thisara Perera made his debut way back in 2009, and has enjoyed a long and illustrious career.
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“I take pride in the fact that I was able to represent Sri Lanka in seven cricket World Cups and be a contributing member of the 2014 T20 World Cup win against India in Bangladesh,” Perera said. “Easily the highlight of my life.”
Thisara Perera represented Sri Lanka in 166 ODI matches, and 84 T20I matches. The all-rounder also played six Test matches, scoring 203 runs. Perera scored 2338 runs in his ODI career at an average of 20, and picked up 175 wickets with the ball. The Sri Lankan scored his maiden ODI hundred, against New Zealand, where he smashed 140 runs off just 74 balls, which included 13 sixes. Moreover, he remains the only Sri Lankan player to ever hit six sixes in an over in professional cricket.
The 32-year old was a vital all-rounder, given that he could bowl in the death overs, and could strike some hefty blows towards the end of the innings. He provided the much needed balance to the team, with his all-round abilities.
“Thisara was a brilliant all-rounder, who has contributed immensely as a player to Sri Lanka Cricket and played a part in some of the glorious cricketing moments of the country,” said Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket.
Thisara is expected to continue playing domestic T20 leagues. He has competed in several domestic leagues, including the Indian Premier League, where he has represented Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiants.