Mumbai, Feb 13: Sri Lankan right-hand medium pacer Thisara Perera's hat-trick came as late as in 19th over and by then Dhoni's men had already capitalized the heavy score.on Friday.
Speaking exclusively from his hotel room on his return from JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, the 27-year-old Perera says, "In this sport the script is never written before the game unlike a movie, as the game unfolds individuals tend to perform and in this case it came late in the innings. However it is better late than never".
Perera gave away not less than 27 runs in his first three overs.
"Though it was an individual performance it did not win us the match. So at the end it meant nothing other than a statistic".
While sending his third victim (Yuvraj Singh) back to pavilion, the bowler was not unaware about his hat-trick performance until was being congratulated by his team-mates.
When asked whether taking a hat-trick in T20 is easier than in ODIs' or Tests because in Twenty20 matches, the batsmen have to score runs (faster) in least overs and thus bowlers have more chance to take wickets as batsmen tend to commit mistakes, Perera says, "Bowlers also take a beating in T20 cricket on flat batting surfaces all over the world. A hat - trick in any form of cricket is an achievement".
"I am happy that I was able to achieve this feat in T20 for the first time in my cricketing career. I am glad that I was the first Sri Lankan to achieve this hat - trick", he signed off.
Incidentally, Perera is the fourth bowler to have hat-trick in this format.
In 2012, he also sent three Pakistani players successively in three balls in ODI and thus became a hat-trick bowler.