Thisara Perera is one of the 15 players who have been named in the Sri Lanka squad to play the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Thisara Perera, who made his one-day international debut on 24-Dec-09, had played 153 ODI matches until the 2019 World Cup. In the 120 innings he batted in, he had scored a total of 2147 runs, having faced 1911 balls, at an average of 20.64 and a strike rate of 112.35. He was unbeaten in 16 of those innings. His highest score in an innings was 140. He had 1 century and 10 half-centuries to his name. In the bowling department, Thisara Perera had bowled 5391 balls and taken 169 wickets while conceding a total of 5267 runs. He had an average of 31.17 and an economy rate of 5.86 His best ODI bowling performance was 6/1.
Thisara Perera is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and a former limited overs captain for Sri Lanka. Domestically he plays for Colts Cricket Club, Rising Pune Supergiants, Wayamba Wolves, and have recently joined Gloucestershire squad to play NatWest T20 Blast. Primarily a bowling all-rounder, he is an aggressive left-handed batsman who can hit big sixes in death overs and is a useful right-arm medium-fast bowler. In April 2019, he was named in Sri Lanka's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
On 26 July 2013 against South Africa, Perera hit Robin Peterson for 35 runs in one over. (6,Wd, 6,6,6,4,6), which is recorded as the second most expensive over in ODI History.
Perera was a part of the Sri Lankan team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. On 12 February 2016, Perera joined Brett Lee to take hat-tricks in both ODI & T20I.
He represented Sri Lanka at various youth levels, and was selected for the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. In November 2008, he made his first class debut for the Colts Cricket Club.
Perera made his ODI debut for Sri Lanka in December 2009 against India in Kolkata. He took his first five-wicket haul in international cricket in August 2010, earning him the player of the match award in an ODI victory over India. He took five wickets in an ODI against Australia on the same tour.
He made his Test debut against England at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
Perera was a member of Sri Lanka's squad for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He was not selected for the Test series against Pakistan later in the year, being retained only for the ODI and Twenty20 sides, but was recalled to the Test team for the end-of-year tour of South Africa.
In the 2nd ODI of 2012 series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, he became first ever person to take 6 wickets against Pakistan in an ODI - his career best. This performance won him the Man of the Match as well. In the 4th ODI of the same series, he shocked Pakistan by taking a hat-trick, becoming the first Sri Lankan to register a hat-trick against Pakistan.
Perera also has the record for the highest ODI score for Sri Lanka when batting at number 9 position or lower when he scored unbeaten 80 runs.
On 5 January 2019, in the second ODI against New Zealand, Perera scored his first century in ODIs, when he made 140 runs from 74 balls. It was the fastest century against New Zealand in ODIs, coming from 57 balls.Perera also scored thirteen sixes in his innings, the most by a Sri Lankan batsman in an ODI, and the most sixes by a batsman on the losing side in an ODI match.
In May 2010, he made his Twenty20 international debut, representing Sri Lanka in the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies. Perera also contributed to the win 2014 ICC World Twenty20 championship which was Sri Lanka's first World T20I title. In that innings against India in the final, Perera had an unbeaten partnership with Kumar Sangakkara and hit the winning boundary.
He also took a Hat-Trick on 12 February 2016 in a T20I series against India, which is the fourth overall and first by a Sri Lankan.
He too has the record for the highest individual score for Sri Lanka when batting at number 7 position or lower in Twenty20 International (49) and also jointly holds the record for Sri Lanka for the highest score batting at number 8 position in T20I along with Angelo Mathews(35*)
In October 2017, against Pakistan he was named as captain for Sri Lanka for 3 match T20I series. Sri Lanka suffered another whitewash and lost the T20I series 3–0.
On 29 November 2017, Perera was named as Sri Lanka's captain for the ODI and T20I matches against India, replacing Upul Tharanga. Sri Lanka lost the ODI series 1-2. In the T20I series, Sri Lanka suffered a 3 loss whitewash, by giving 6 consecutive losses under Perera's captaincy.