(24th July 2012,Crictuf) : After the massive 9 wickets win over India at Hambantota, Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene revealed the secret behind recent improvement of the young all rounder Thisara Perera.
Thisara Perera (Right) at Presentation ceremony with Sanjay Manjrekar (Left)
"He is a good learner. I'd be correct if I say that he worked closely with Shaun Pollock. That something he came and told us with his action during the IPL time when he wasn't playing much. Polly has given him some good tips with his action and where he needs to be. So even with certain field settings and all that everything he came and said. I need to do this, I need to do that. So he (Thisara) has learnt a lot. And Polly is a great bowler. To discuss those kind of things that all is a great opportunity for him. So with that our fast bowling coaches all have been working really hard to get his pace, to get his accuracy. I think something he lacks was that accuracy. He is a tall boy, if he can hit good areas, he always going to create opportunities. I think that is the change. If you see him at practices, he'd always with the ball doing something or with the bat."
Thisara Perera was also present at the post match press conference and stated his experience with Pollock.
"He taught me to correct the follow thorough of my delivery stride. He said to keep going until the ball delivered. Also said that I need to hit the deck hard. That is the main thing I practiced. With that I got more seam movement off the pitch & more control."
In this match, up coming star all rounder Thisara Perera got 3/19 in 8 overs which earned him the man of the match. Specialty is, he got all 3 wickets even before conceding a run. Also he got a 3 wicket haul & scored 44(28) runs in the 1st ODI against India. He was the man of the series in Sri Lanka's home ODI series against Pakistan.
© Cricturf | Sidath Sameera Bandara