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Kusal Janith Perera

When national cricketer Kusal Janith Perera said ‘I do’ to his childhood sweetheart Kalani Randima in March, it was the culmination of a 12 year – most often, long distance – relationship.

She’s a dentist in the state sector and her work takes Kalani around the island. He’s a batsman who can’t be away from the willow for too long. The day after his wedding, Kusal was back on the field playing in a T20 game against the West Indies!

But before he made this life changing decision, Kusal had made another one – and probably the most daring. At 13, he morphed from being a right-handed batsman to a left-hander to emulate his cricketing hero Sanath Jayasuriya. This transformation earned him the nickname ‘Podi Sana.’

The change has certainly augured well for Kusal because he is almost manic when facing some of the best bowlers of his time. In fact, the faster the bowler, the more adrenaline Kusal Janith seems to pump since he loves a challenge.

He is firmly positioned in Sri Lanka’s national squad and has proven to be the saviour of many a match, whether this is with the bat or behind the stumps. Who can forget that 153 not out against South Africa in an innings that was hailed as being the greatest in 140 years of Test history?

Kusal Janith isn’t reticent about his humble beginnings. He strongly believes that his childhood in Kottawa with his value driven parents, siblings and schooling have contributed to making him the man he is today. Those who know the swashbuckling batsman well consider him a kindhearted and passionate person.

A wish on his bucket list is to establish a sports training complex for the less privileged. It will be an inclusive facility that isn’t limited only to promising cricketers – all young sportspersons who wish to hone their skills will be welcome.

Something of an introvert, Kusal Janith’s endearing smile is partially hidden by his beard, which he’s apparently growing to avoid sunburn – although it was trimmed to give him some panache for his wedding.

And what plans do the young couple have for life after cricket?

Europe beckons.

ABOUT

KUSAL

DATE OF BIRTH
17 August 1990

FAMILY
Wife (Kalani)
Parents (Kithsiri and Swarna)
Older brother (Sanjeewa)
Younger sister (Udara)

ALMA MATERS
Kottawa Dharmapala Maha Vidyalaya
Dharmapala Vidyalaya (Pannipitiya)
Royal College

HOBBIES
Everything about motor vehicles
Information technology
Travelling

LOVES
IT
Cars
Cricket

PET PEEVES
Indiscipline
Deceit

ALWAYS WANTED TO BE
A good person

ADMIRES
Parents
Siblings
Wife

ROLE MODELS
Brian Lara
Kumar Sangakkara
Sanath Jayasuriya


I took to wicketkeeping like a duck to water – it came very naturally


QUICK-FIRE ROUND

Tennis or golf
Golf

Formula One or rally driving
Formula One

Two-door or four-door
Two-door

Beach or mountain
Beach

Waterfall or river
River

Flowers or fruits
Fruits

Swim or cycle
Swim

Jog or run
Jog

Shorts or jeans
Shorts

Polo or T-shirt
Polo

Slippers or barefoot
Slippers

Sneakers or loafers
Sneakers

Play or film
Film

Drama or action
Action

Fiction or nonfiction
Nonfiction

Television or theatre
Television

Indian or Thai cuisine
Indian

Pizza or pasta
Pasta

Ice cream or pudding
Ice cream

Rice or bread
Bread

Water or energy drink
Water


The most difficult time in my career was when the International Cricket Council (ICC) erroneously docked me for doping


KUSAL’S

FAVOURITES

BRANDS
BMW
Rolex
Apple

CLOTHES
Levi’s
Armani
Yves Saint Laurent

CUISINE
South African
Indian
Sri Lankan

BEVERAGES
Water
Fruit juice
Red wine

PEOPLE
Gautama Buddha
Malala Yousafzai
Arjuna Ranatunga

YOUNG LEADERS
Mark Zuckerberg
Barack Obama
Virat Kohli

CRICKETERS
Brian Lara
Sanath Jayasuriya
Aravinda de Silva
Mahela Jayawardene
Sachin Tendulkar

SPORTSPEOPLE
Lionel Messi
Tiger Woods
Mike Tyson

CRICKETING VENUES
Lord’s
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Kingsmead

ENTERTAINERS
Sunil Perera
Shaggy

CHILL OUT SPOTS
The south of Sri Lanka
Colts Cricket Club
Home

RESTAURANTS
The Lagoon (Cinnamon Grand Colombo)
ON14 Rooftop Bar & Lounge (OZO Colombo)
Nando’s

LOCAL HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS
Ahangama
Ella

OVERSEAS HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS
London
Singapore

Q: What was it like getting married one day and playing cricket the next?
A: It was an emotional roller coaster – a matter of the heart on the one hand and one of skill on the other.

Q: Tell us about Kalani and what makes her ‘Mrs Right’!
A: It’s been 12 years and that much time implies that you grow up in tandem – so it’s a little difficult to explain her X factor per se. She’s unpretentious and highly educated, and a typical Sri Lankan cutie.

Q: What has been the turning point in your cricketing career?
A: It could have been the 148 I scored at the Royal-Thomian or my triple hundred playing first-class cricket for my club – Colts.

Q: How did your love for wicketkeeping come to be?
A: I took to wicketkeeping like a duck to water – it came very naturally.

Q: What has been the most difficult time in your career?
A: The most difficult time in my career was when the International Cricket Council (ICC) erroneously docked me for doping. But I was compensated with the truth and an apology from the ICC.

Q: Of all the bowlers you’ve faced, who has been the most challenging?
A: The most challenging bowler I have faced is South African quick Dale Steyn – he is considered one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time.

Q: What is the last thing that goes through your mind before you play a ball?
A: Timing – that is crucial.

Q: When did you have the most exciting time behind the stumps?
A: Playing against England in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) on a nice sunny day at Leeds. It was a heady time when we beat England who eventually went on to become the CWC19 champions.

Q: Where have you had your best crowds?
A: In India for sure but I also like the ‘Barmy Army’ when they are on tour.

Q: What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned from cricket?
A: To keep life nice and simple, and never forget the fundamentals.

Q: Is there anyone in the world you would like to meet?
A: The legendary Brian Charles Lara.

Q: Any particular bowler you would like to face?
A: Australian Jeff Thomson (‘Thommo’) – he is known as the fastest bowler of his generation.

Q: What has been the most frigh­tening experience in your life?
A: Crashing into a billboard while going for a catch when playing in the West Indies. I was unconscious for a few minutes and was later told that an ambulance drove me off the field.

Q: If you weren’t a cricketer, what would you have been?
A: I would have been an IT professional because I’m passionate about technology.

Q: What makes you happy and sad?
A: Trust and truth make me happy while deceit makes me sad.

Q: Is there anything you dislike intensely?
A: Politics.

Q: What would be your favourite meal?
A: Anything on the menu at Nando’s.

Q: Your most memorable moment…
A: Receiving my first Test cap.

Q: So what’s next for Kusal Janith?
A: I have five more years to decide on the next phase.

Q: What’s the cricketing legacy you would like to leave?
A: KJP = ‘Mr Tenacity’!

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