He has represented as many as 4 IPL teams in his short international career, with many other T20 leagues across the globe also gunning for him. Just goes to show what a useful left handed batsman and a more than handy bowler adds to a team’s plate.
This year, he was the Sunrisers’ biggest buy as he bagged a cool $675,000 in the 2013 IPL player auctions. “I was on tour at that time and didn’t even have an idea as to what was going on in the auctions. When I saw that I was picked by the Sunrisers Hyderabad, I was happy that my abilities were recognized and was ready for the challenge.” exclaimed Perera who was happy that his side had started on a winning note.
Earlier in the day, the going had been tough for SRH against the PWI as they could manage a paltry 126 in their twenty overs. Perera was the top scorer for his side with a blazing 18 ball 30 which included three fours and a six.
Not many would have given the home team a chance in defending the low total, but Perera got his team right back into the game getting the crucial wicket of opener Robin Uthappa and Marlon Samuels. Perera was not done yet, his reflexes were also put to test as he affected a run out off his own bowling in the eighteenth over of the match, which pretty much sealed the game for the Sunrisers.
With 126 runs on the board, Perera said that the team had the belief to defend the low total. “It was a good wicket to bowl on. We always knew that 126 could be defended if we stuck to our game plan. This kind of wicket suited my bowling and I am really happy that it paid off.”
Perera indeed was a happy man. He couldn’t get the grin off his face after a statement making performance. The all rounder said, he was high on confidence as he had come into the tournament with a lot of match practice behind him. “I was always in a good frame of mind when I came over here. I had played a lot of other T20 leagues over the past few months and was bowling on different kind of wickets. Bowling under different conditions and different circumstances helped me perform today.”