Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene is delighted to see his bowling all-rounder Thisara Perera showing plenty of improvement and confidence.
The right-arm bowler scalped three wickets in the second One Day International (ODI) against India to take his side to a comprehensive 9-wicket triumph.
Perera picked up the big wickets of Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli in the beginning. He further made things messy for India by sending Suresh Raina back in the pavilion in the eighth over.
The 23-year-old put the opposition in so much trouble that the entire Indian line-up collapsed on 138. In reply, the islanders comfortably overhauled the target, as both openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan scored brilliant centuries.
Jayawardene brought Perera into the attack for Isuru Udana, who was hammered in the first over. On his move to give the new ball to the medium pacer, the skipper said, "Isuru strayed all over the place in the first over. I felt he was a bit too nervous trying
to fight with the wind. He bowled really well at practice yesterday [Monday].”
The classy batsman added, "The other experienced bowlers I had were Thisara and Angelo [Mathews]. So I just gave him [Thisara] the ball because the other day he bowled well from that end and did the job for us.”
“He’s improved quite a bit in confidence and I think the consistency is the most important thing which he is striving for. He’s been consistent for us in the last six months to one year. Every day he keeps improving and he is putting his hand up to play
Test cricket as well."
Jayawardene did not forget to take the credit away from Shaun Pollock, who helped Perera during the recent edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). The captain described that the Colombo-born is a quick learner and a few minor changes in the bowling action
has done the trick for him.
"I think he is a good learner but I will be correct if I say he has worked closely with Shaun Pollock on his action during the IPL time because he wasn’t playing much," Jayawardene explained.