Dilruwan Perera Profile
Dilruwan Perera is a Sri Lankan all-rounder who was born on July 22, 1982 in Panadura, Sri Lanka. He is a right arm off break bowler and a handy batsman too.
He was a part of the Sri Lanka U19 team and also played for Sri Lanka U-23 team, where he took 55 wickets in just seven games for Chilaw Marians Cricket Club.
On October 13, 2007 Perera made his ODI debut against England where he opened the innings with bat and scored 30 runs. With the presence of Muralitharan in the side and later by Rangana Herath, Perera could not find his place in the squad.
This made his Test debut come after almost seven years later in 2014. He played his maiden test against Pakistan at Sharjah. Batting down the order, he scored 95 runs in the first innings and picked up one wicket in the match.
Rise to Glory
In the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy 2016, Perera showed his class along with Herath and ended up 15 wickets in the series. His career best performance of 6-70 also came in this series only.
Sri Lanka eventually won the series. His performances grew after that be it was against India or Pakistan.
Dilruwan Perera was named the Sri Lanka’s all-rounder of the year for 2016-17. He is the fastest Sri Lankan to take 50 wickets (11 matches) and 100 wickets (25 matches) in test cricket.
He is also the first Sri Lankan to score a fifty and take a 10-wicket haul in the same match.