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Kusal Perera


ABOUT

Full NameMathurage Don Kusal Janith Perera

BornAugust 17, 1990

Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)

NationalitySri Lanka

RoleWicket-keeper, Batsman/Left-handed Batsman

Relation(s)Kithsiri Perera (Father), PV Swarnalatha (Mother)

MOST RECENT MATCHES

MATCH RUNS BF 4s 6s SR OVERS MO RC WKTS ECO EX
SL vs SA 39 33 3 0 118.18 0 0 0 0 0 0
SL vs SA 30 25 2 1 120.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
SL vs ENG 9 7 1 0 128.57 0 0 0 0 0 0
SL vs ENG 0 2 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
SL vs ENG 73 81 7 0 90.12 0 0 0 0 0 0
BATTING STATS

GAME TYPE M INN RUNS BF NO AVG SR 100s 50s HS 4s 6s CT ST
ODIs 107 102 3071 3328 5 31.65 92.27 6 15 135 333 50 47 3
TESTs 22 41 1177 1629 3 30.97 72.25 2 7 153 151 12 19 8
T20Is 52 51 1416 1071 0 27.76 132.21 0 12 84 129 49 13 5
T20s 114 110 2581 1974 4 24.34 130.74 0 20 87 236 98 38 19
LISTAs 183 175 5659 6067 14 35.14 93.27 11 32 161 601 112 106 29
FIRSTCLASS 76 128 4949 6071 9 41.58 81.51 13 22 336 551 112 102 23
BOWLING STATS

GAME TYPE M INN OVERS RUNS WKTS AVG ECO BEST 5Ws 10Ws
ODIs 107 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TESTs 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T20Is 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T20s 114 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
LISTAs 183 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FIRSTCLASS 76 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ABOUT

Kusal Perera Biography


Mathurage Don Kusal Janith Perera is a left-handed wicket-keeper batsman who hails from Sri Lanka. Born on the 17th of August, 1990, the aggressive batsman owns the record joint second fastest fifty of all time in ODI history.


Background


Influenced by the Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya, Perera changed his batting stance from a right-handed to a left-handed batsman at the age of 13. He has represented the Royal College of Colombo in the prestigious Royal–Thomian annual cricket competition.


Just like his idol Jayasuriya, Kusal Perera became a new identity after he started to open the innings for Sri Lanka. He was a regular member of the national U-19 side since 2007.


Perera’s 336 of 275 balls for the Colts Cricket Club was hard to ignore. The knock included 14 sixes and 29 fours. With this early achievement, Perera announced himself as an aggressive and a fearless cricketer.


Debut


Kumar Sangakkara's injury gave an opening to the young man who went on to make his debut against Australia on January 2013. He remained not out on 14 to take Sri Lanka to an 8-wicket win against the Aussies.


After his debut he had a stop-start sort of a career. It is only after the retirement of the Sangakkara-Jayawardene duo did Perera become a permanent member in the squad.


He made his Test debut in 2015 against India. He scored a fifty in each of the innings of the match.


Rise to Glory


In the second ODI against Pakistan in 2015, he smashed the hapless bowling attack to all parts of the ground. In this process, he scored a 17-ball 50 to equal his idol’s record.


Perera’s short backlift and powerful forearms coupled with his square cuts made him a force to reckon. He was an integral part of the Sri Lankan side that won the 2014 World T20 by beating India in the finals.


His top knock of 135 in ODI came in Dublin against Ireland in 2016. The young batsmen have just the lone century in Test cricket against Zimbabwe. He scored 110 when his team hammered the opposition by 225 runs.


Low Points


Kusal Perera failed a dope test in 2015. His urine sample tested positive for a performance enhancing drug which forced him out of Sri Lankan team. He underwent ploygraphic tests to prove his innocence and with the backing of SLC, he came out with flying colours.


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