The 27-year-old made a memorable comeback smashing 66 runs in 37 balls in the curtain raiser of the Nidahas Trophy as Sri Lanka beat India by five wickets on Tuesday (March 6) at the R. Premadasa Stadium.
“There have been a few injuries in the last several months. Prior to the tournament, I had played a few domestic games and I had done well. So I had confidence going into the first match of the competition and was very happy to do well,” Perera said after the game.
The victory was a moment of celebration for Sri Lankan fans after being hammered by India last year. Virat Kohli’s side completed a six-week tour winning all nine games across the three formats. “We had a decent start today, but we lost a few wickets in the middle order. The execution wasn’t very great in the middle order, but we did quite well in all three departments of the game and it was very satisfying to start off with a win.
“It is good to start off with a win as it helps our confidence. That is the main thing. We are trying to improve every day moving forward,” Perera added.