Experienced all-rounder Thisara Perera announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. The 32-year old wrote a formal letter to Sri Lanka Cricket Board in which he stated that he has decided to call it a day. His retirement will certainly leave a big void in white-ball cricket but players like Dhananjaya de Silva and Pathum Nissanka have made a decent impression for Sri Lanka in the previous tour of the West indies.
In a career spanning almost 11 years, Thisara Perera represented Sri Lanka in 166 one-day matches, in which scored 2,338 runs. He claimed 175 wickets at an average of 32.79. He has picked four five-wicket hauls in limited-overs cricket.
He was never considered a red-ball specialist; Thisara only played six appearances for Sri Lanka. He made his T20 debut for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe at Providence Cricket Stadium in Guyana in 2010. Thisara Perera has represented Sri Lanka in 84 matches, in which he scored 1,204 runs at an average of 23.15 with three half-centuries to his name. With the ball in hand, Thisara Perera has claimed 51 wickets at an average of 33.66
Thisara Perera was important member of Sri Lanka’s white-ball cricket in the past decade or so. He was instrumental in helping Sri Lanka win their maiden T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2014. Left-hander also made quite an impact with the bat for Sri Lanka in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup played against India at Wankhede.
He clearly stated that it was a huge privilege to play for Sri Lanka at the highest level. The all-rounder represented Sri Lanka in seven ICC World Cups.
In 2019, Thisara Perera delivered his career-best batting performance in limited-overs cricket in a game played against New Zealand. Left-hander delivered a belligerent innings of 140 runs off 74 balls with the help of 13 sixes, which is most hit by a Sri Lankan player in one-day internationals. With the ball in hand, Perera has managed to achieve hat-trick in ODI and T20 format.
Sri Lanka Cricket CEO, Ashley De Silva said that Thisara was a premier player for the national side for the past decade. He certainly played a key role in helping Sri Lanka win T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.
Earlier this year, Perera made his final appearance for Sri Lanka in the Caribbean. He played for Sri Lanka in the ODI and T20I series played against West Indies.