Kusal Perera, T-20, Career, Aggressive opening, Injury concerns, Ups and downs, Bio & More


The real name of Kusal Perera is Mathurage Don Kusal Zenith Perera. He was born on 17 August 1990. Kusal Perera is an international Sri Lankan cricketer. He plays all forms of cricket for the Sri Lanka national cricket team, and is currently one of the permanent top-order batsmen across all formats. He was a key member of the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 winning team.

He scored an unbeaten 154 against South Africa in the first Test at Durban in 2018 and added 79 runs for the last wicket with Vishwa Fernando in the fourth innings of the Test match to snatch victory from South Africa’s hands. That innings was named as the second best Test innings of the decade by Wisden in 2018 and also won the award for the best Test performance for 2020 from Cricinfo.

Kusal Perera was named as the captain of the Sri Lankan team, ahead of their One Day International (ODI) series against Bangladesh in May 2021.

Kusal Perera married his long-time partner Kalani on 6 March 2020 at the Waters Edge Hotel in Battaramulla.

Kusal did his graduation from the Kottawa Dharmapala Maha Vidyalaya, and also attended the Royal College Colombo, representing the latter in the prestigious Royal-Thomian annual cricket tournament. Kusal Perera was a right-handed batsman at the young age of 14, but later made up his mind to become a left-handed batsman. The change comes from Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya – his childhood idol and hero – hence the changed batting stance.

He made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut in the 2014 IPL season, playing for the Rajasthan Royals.

Before the start of the 2019 IPL season, he was approached by the Sunrisers Hyderabad team to replace their former captain David Warner, who was banned for the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa. However, he turned down the offer as he was dedicated to playing domestic league matches in Sri Lanka during this period and wanted to make a Test return to the Sri Lanka during this period and wanted to make an ODI return to the Sri Lankan cricket team for the upcoming series against the West Indies in June 2020. Later, Alex Hales was called up to replace Warner for the 2020 IPL season after Kusal Perera declined.

He is known to be a quick scorer, and can hit the ball very hard, similar to the batting style of former Sri Lanka legend Sanath Jayasuriya. In a first-class match, he scored 332 runs from 271 balls, a domestic record.

He was named as the captain of Dambulla’s team for the Super Four provincial tournament in March 2017. He was then also named as the captain of Dambulla’s team for the 2019 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.
He was named as the vice-captain of Kandy’s team in the SLC T20 League in August 2018. In November 2020, he was selected to play for Kamilla Warriors in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League. He was drafted by the Kandy Tuskers in October 2018 for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League.


NameKusal Perera
Real NameMathurage Don Kusal Zenith Perera
ProfessionShrilankan Cricketer

Kusal Perera Personal Life

Date of Birth17 August 1990
 Age (as in 2023)32 Years
Birth placeKalubowila, Sri Lanka
ResidenceKalubowila, Sri Lanka
Zodiac signLeo
Food HabitsNon Vegetarian
SchoolKottawa Dharmapala Maha Vidyalaya
University/ CollegeRoyal College Colombo
Educational qualificationGraduate


Kusal Perera Physical Stats & More

Height5′ 7” (183Cm)
Weight (approx.)68 Kg
Figure (approx.)Normal
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBlack

Kusal Perera AFFAIRS & MORE

Marital StatusMarried


FatherKithsiri Perera
MotherPV Swarnalatha


Favorite FoodSubmarine Sandwiches, Apple soda & Biltong, Durban bunny chow
Favorite Cricketer
  • Batsman  Sanath Jayasuriya
  • Bowler    Dayle Steyn
Nature On FieldAggressive
Records/ Achievement
  • Format      Mat     Runs
    Test          22            1177
    ODI         107            3071
    T20I         63            1660
    FC            79            5073
Favorite CuisineChinese & South Indian
International DebutODI debut against England in 2011
Favorite BallGoogly
Favorite SportsGolf & Cricket
Like By Play AgainstIndia & Australia


Hobbies & Money Factor

HobbiesPlaying Golf, Cooking
Net Worth Around $3 million.

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Kusal Perera, T-20, Career, Aggressive opening, Injury concerns, Ups and downs, Bio & More

Unknown Fact About Kusal Perera

  • Kusal Perera is very fond of animals. He has two German Shepherds at his home.
  • Kusal Perera is very fond of natural environments that’s why he does gardening next to his house.
  • Kusal Perera loves hilly terrain.
  • Kusal Perera scored his maiden T20I fifty on 31 March 2013 in a T20I match during Sri Lanka’s tour of Bangladesh
  • Kusal Perera is very fond of eating crocodile meat.
  • He scored a total of 68 runs against Bangladesh in 45 balls with five fours and four sixes.
  • Sri Lanka won the match by 18 runs and Kusal Perera received the Man of the Match award for his performance.
  • On 21 November 2014, on New Zealand’s tour of Sri Lanka, Kusal Perera scored his second T20I half-century.
  • Chasing the target of 143 runs, Perera scored 57 runs in 38 balls with six fours and two sixes. Sri Lanka eventually won the match by 9 wickets and Kusal Perera received the Man of the Match award for his performance.
  • On 13 December 2014 he scored 86 runs in 59 balls against Pakistan and Sri Lanka and made a mammoth score of 212.
  • Sri Lanka won the match by 25 runs and Perera was named man of the match for this performance.
  • Perera scored his maiden ODI century on 22 February 2015 against Bangladesh.
  • He scored 108 runs in 125 balls before being bowled by Rubel Hossain. He won the man of the match award.
  • On 2 April 2022, Kusal Perera came into the T20 squad after 16 months after recovering from his injuries. He scored his 13th T20 half-century against New Zealand.
  • He scored an unbeaten 54 off 46 balls. Sri Lanka eventually won the match in the Super Over. He is the leading run-scorer for Sri Lanka in this series, scoring 122 runs at 60.60 including a half-century.
  • Kusal Perera scored 3000 ODI runs in the first ODI against England. During that process, he scored his 15th ODI fifty and shared a 99-run partnership with Wanidu Hasaranga.
  • After defeats in both the T20Is and ODIs, he was relieved of the captaincy and Dasun Shanaka was appointed limited-overs captain for the Indian series at home.
  • In September 2021, Perera was named in Sri Lanka’s squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
  • Perera scored his fourth ODI century against New Zealand on 3 January 2018. This century was recorded as the first by a Sri Lankan in over a year and a half.
  • Despite his century, Sri Lanka lost the match by 46 runs.
  • In 2018, Perera was recalled for the Test series against Australia due to his excellent ODI form against New Zealand.
  • During the Second Test in Canberra, Perera was forced to retire hurt after being seriously hit on the side of his helmet by a bouncer from Jhye Richardson.
  • He decided to retire hurt in that Canberra innings and never returned to the crease. In the next innings, he was dismissed for a golden duck by Mitchell Starc.
  • During the Third Test against the West Indies at Kensington Oval, Perera hurt himself while attempting a catch at the long-on boundary.

Kusal Perera, T-20, Career, Aggressive opening, Injury concerns, Ups and downs, Bio & More

People Aslo Ask About Kusal Perera

1. Why is Kusal not playing Zenith?
ANS:- In the event, a shoulder injury, which continues to plague him to this day, has ruled him out of the tour, captain or in any other role. When he returned for Sri Lanka in the 2021 T20 World Cup and its qualifier tournament, he produced mixed results.

2. Why was Kusal Perera not selected?
ANS:- Kusal Perera was ruled out of the squad due to a hamstring injury, paving the way for Sadeera Samarawickrama to return to the ODI side after four years.

3. Does Kusal Perera have kids?
ANS:- He has not given any information about his child.

4. How old is Kusal Perera getting?
ANS:- His present age is 32 years.

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