Blessed with a powerful forearm, the left-handed pocket dynamo is virtually unstoppable when he is at his best. Idolising the legendary Sanath Jayasuriya, the diminutive batsman has also adapted his batting style along the lines of the icon and guarantees full value for money for as long as he stays at the crease. Usually playing at No.3 in the side, he has also donned the opener's role in the past and will form a core part of the Sri Lankan squad in its pursuit for global domination in England in 2019.read more
Perera said he wants to build a culture in which players have confidence.
Sri Lanka will host England in a two-match Test series, starting on March 19.
The Sri Lanka cricket team is going through a transition phase, struggling to replace stalwarts such as Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
Test cricket continues to be the premier stage of the sport despite mushrooming of cash-rich T20 leagues around the world.
Chasing an unlikely 304, Sri Lanka was 226-9 and looked out of it at Kingsmead with the 10th wicket an apparent formality.
Perera almost single-handedly won the game but No. 11 batsman Vishwa Fernando played a crucial role as he hung around for 27 balls for his 6 not out to allow Perera, with nothing to lose.
Kusal Perera's unbeaten 158 took Sri Lanka to a stunning 1-wicket victory against South Africa as he put up a 78-run partnership for the last wicket to seal a sensational win in Durban.
Starc claimed his 10th five-wicket haul in tests by taking the final two Sri Lanka wickets in his first over after lunch.
Perera was to undergo a mandatory concussion test after he was unable to continue batting at Canberra's Manuka Oval.
In Perera's absence, Danushka Gunathilaka was called in to open the batting for Sri Lanka in their second innings.
Sri Lanka captain Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara took three wickets each as the Windies squandered their opportunity to bat the tourists out of the game.
In the absence of senior bowlers, the Indian attack looked pedestrian as Sri Lanka chased down a stiff 175-run target with nine balls to spare, as Kusal played a match-winning knock of 66 runs off just 37 balls.
Yadav dismissed Kusal, captain Thisara Perera and Asela Gunaratne in the 15th over to end Sri Lankan hopes.
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