Keeping wickets has helped my batting – Kusal Perera | Daily News

Keeping wickets has helped my batting – Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera  prepares to have a  batting session.
Kusal Perera prepares to have a batting session.

LEEDS, FRIDAY - For cricketers like Kusal Perera playing in only his second World Cup has taught them a few things that should help them further in their career.

Perera is the leading run-scorer for his team in the 2019 Cricket World Cup with 255 runs at an average of 42.50 with a strike rate of 109.91 inclusive of three half-centuries.

But Perera knows that his contribution to the team has not been what it should have.

“I am not satisfied with my contributions. I scored three fifties but couldn’t make a big one. I got a start in all the games but couldn’t go on. If I get set I want to make it count and unfortunately I couldn’t make it count in this tournament,” lamented Perera.

Perera admitted the match against Australia had taught him a thing or two about the game.

“We should have won there. But that’s cricket. If you lose your confidence even for one moment, a game could slip away from you and that’s what happened to us against Australia.”

With Sri Lanka out of the 2019 World Cup what can people back home look forward to?

“In an international match winning counts whether it has relevance to the tournament or not. A win against India will boost our confidence leading up to the assignments that are coming up,” said Perera.

“We had our ups and downs. But we were stable I thought. The batting didn’t click for most part of our campaign but winning three games was good. Disappointed two games were washed out. Although we were not at peak we did alright,” he said.

When Perera was given the wicket-keeping gloves over Niroshan Dickwella there were some doubts cast over his fitness whether it would be a burden on his hamstring injury from which he had recovered in time to be selected for the World Cup. But Perera has stood the test of time and managed to play in all the six games Sri Lanka has figured in so far to emerge the leading run getter for his side.

“Opener or number three, it’s the same thing. In England fast bowlers dominate. The bounce is even and batting at the top order has been easy for me,” said Perera.

“I started as a keeper. I had a few injuries and the selectors felt that better that I keep wickets as I had few injuries that I picked up while running in the outfield. Keeping has been good. It helps my batting as well since I keep a close eye on the ball, when batting it’s easier for me to pick it up.

“I have been hurt by hamstring injury quite a lot. No advice as such to go for a surgery. If I had done surgery before the World Cup, I would have been ruled out of the tournament. I have rehab session apart from the training session. So the load I have is bigger than that of other players. I have to get back home and then decide what has to be done,” he said.

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