Thisara: T20 cricket is a batsman’s game

Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera has been in fine form in recent weeks, carrying his international prowess over to the Champions League T20 for the Kings XI Punjab, where his death bowling has been superb.

The paceman says he thinks long and hard about his tactics, and has many variations in his arsenal, as bowling in T20s is often a thankless task, especially if you have no back-up plan against swinging batsmen.

Perera has taken four wickets in two games for the Punjab side, who were runners-up in the IPL this year, and also hit a nifty 35 not out against the Hurricanes, becoming one of those batsmen he tries to combat.

Perera said: “I am using lot of variations in my bowling technique. When someone hits a six, I like to bowl yorkers. I have lot of variations may be a slow ball and a leg cutter, I think I am quite successful with my variations.

“I think as a bowler it is very difficult to bowl in T20s because everyone is looking for runs. T20, I think, is a batsman’s game because as a batsman I know I can hit 20 runs, I can hit everywhere…that’s why as a bowler it is hard to bowl in T20s.”

Thisara then said that the Sri Lanka side were back in the nets and preparing first for the England series, and then the World Cup, looking to continue their impressive form in the shorter formats this year.

He said: “At the moment the team is working hard. This moment also, I heard some news from Sri Lanka, everyone has started to practice. Our main target is the upcoming World Cup. I think as a team for six months we have done pretty well.”