Kusal Perera

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: August 17, 1990, Kalubowila
Height: 5ft 6in
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Kusal Perera Bio

Mathurage Don Kusal Janith Perera, popularly known as Kusal Perera, is a talented left-handed batsman and wicketkeeper from Sri Lanka. He was born on August 17, 1990, in Kalutara, Sri Lanka. Perera possesses a short backlift, powerful forearms, and relentless determination, which are reminiscent of his cricketing idol, Sanath Jayasuriya.

Like Jayasuriya, Perera also has a second skill, which is wicketkeeping. He showcased his abilities as a batsman and wicketkeeper while representing Sri Lanka’s Under-19 teams before joining Colts Cricket Club as a senior player. At Colts, Perera quickly established himself as an aggressive and reliable cricketer, combining aggressiveness with consistency. His performances caught the attention of national selectors, and after two successful seasons, he earned a call-up to the Sri Lankan national team.

Perera’s international debut came in January 2012 during Sri Lanka’s limited-overs tour to Australia. He made an immediate impact with his aggressive batting style, particularly in a low-scoring ODI at the Gabba, where his unbeaten knock of 22 runs guided Sri Lanka to victory. Although primarily considered a middle-order batsman, Perera was promoted to open the innings in the subsequent Twenty20 matches, where he continued to make a significant contribution.

His impressive performance at the international level led to opportunities in first-class cricket. In one such instance, Perera recorded a double century followed by a massive innings of 336 runs in 275 balls, further solidifying his credentials as a top-class batsman. As a result, he was awarded a central contract by the Sri Lankan cricket board and enjoyed an extended run in the limited-overs formats.

In 2014, Perera notched his maiden ODI century against Bangladesh in Mirpur, which helped Sri Lanka secure a whitewash series victory. He then etched his name in Sri Lankan cricket history by equalling Jayasuriya’s record for the joint-fastest half-century in ODI cricket, achieved in just 17 balls, against Pakistan in Pallekele in July 2015.

Having proven himself in the shorter formats, Perera made his Test debut against India in Colombo in August 2015. He made an impressive start to his Test career, becoming only the second Sri Lankan batsman to score two half-centuries on debut.

However, Perera’s flourishing career suffered a setback in December 2015 when he was provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for failing a dope test. He was withdrawn from Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand and subsequently missed several important tournaments, including a bilateral T20 series in India, the Asia Cup, and the World T20.

Perera faced an uphill battle to clear his name, investing a significant amount of his own money and enlisting the support of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to challenge the laboratory findings of the ICC. After undergoing multiple tests, including a polygraph test, hair analysis, and a separate urine test, his suspension was ultimately lifted in May 2016. The findings of the Qatar-based lab were deemed unreliable for scientific and technical reasons by an independent expert appointed by the ICC.

Kusal Perera’s rollercoaster journey is a testament to his strength of character, determination, and unwavering support from SLC and his legal team. He has since made a successful comeback to international cricket and continues to be a vital cog in the Sri Lankan cricket team’s batting lineup. With his explosive batting and dependable glovework, Perera remains a key asset for Sri Lanka in all three formats of the game.

Kusal Perera Career Stats

Kusal Perera Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 22 41 3 1177 153* 30.97 1629 72.25 2 7 151 12 19 8
T20Is 65 64 2 1677 84 27.04 1284 130.6 0 13 155 55 16 6
ODIs 116 111 5 3237 135 30.53 3485 92.88 6 17 362 52 50 3
FC 82 137 9 5140 336 40.15 6336 81.12 13 23 568 119 103 23
List A 199 189 14 5900 161* 33.71 6338 93.08 11 34 639 114 109 30
T20s 147 143 8 3313 87 24.54 2517 131.62 0 24 303 126 48 23

Kusal Perera Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 22 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 65 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 116 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 82 - - - - - - - - - - - -
List A 199 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s 147 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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