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Thisara Perera retirement: Sri Lankan all-rounder announces retirement from international cricket

Dixit Bhargav

Thisara Perera retirement: Sri Lankan all-rounder announces retirement from international cricket

Thisara Perera retirement: The Sri Lankan all-rounder hung his boots from all formats at the highest level this afternoon.

Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera has announced retirement from international cricket after a 12-year long career at the highest level. Having made his international debut during an ODI at the Eden Gardens in 2009, Perera’s last international appearance had come in the same format against West Indies in March this year.

Perera, 32, has primarily left behind a legacy of being a white-ball specialist. A genuine all-rounder, Perera was capable of hitting the big shots in the death overs and return to contribute with his fast-medium pace.

In 256 matches for Sri Lanka across formats, Perera had scored 3,745 runs at an average and strike rate of 20.92 and 118.58 respectively. In addition to his lone ODI century against New Zealand, Perera had also scored 14 half-centuries for Sri Lanka.

With the ball in hand, Perera had dismissed 237 batsmen at an average of 34.21, an economy rate of 6.11 and a strike rate of 33.5. Out of the 157 times that Perera bowled in ODIs, he had picked five wicket-hauls on four occasions.

Thisara Perera retirement

Despite expected to become a vital part of Sri Lanka’s T20I squad with a couple of looming ICC T20 World Cups, it is understood that Perera retired after not being a regular part of the national team in other formats.

With a considerable amount of cricket left in him, Perera will continue to play franchise cricket around the world. Having played 290 T20s till date, Perera has a fair amount of experience when it comes to playing in these tournaments. Capable enough of contributing across divisions, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see a freelancer Perera in the times to come.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav


Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who works as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. Having written more than 10,000 articles across more than five years at TSR, his first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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