Ranchi: Sri Lanka pace bowler Thisara Perera said he did not realise that he had taken a hat-trick till his teammates informed him about it, as his entire concentration was on bowling in the death overs during the second T20 international against India here on Friday.
Thisara Perera celebrates after taking a hat-trick vs India in Ranchi on Friday. Pic/PTI
Although Sri Lanka lost the second game against India by 69 runs to concede the advantage, Perera stole the show by becoming the first Sri Lankan bowler to take a hat-trick in T20 internationals.
"Actually, I didn't know that it was a hat-trick. Because that time my concentration was about my death bowling," Perera said at the post-match press conference here on Friday.
'Teammates told me'
"My teammates told me I got a hat-trick. Then I thought it was very good for me," he said when asked when did he come to know about the feat.
Perera first dismissed Hardik Pandya in the fourth ball of the final over and then sent back Suresh Raina in the next delivery. In the last ball of the over, he had Yuvraj Singh caught at long-on.
By the time Perera's hat-trick came it was a bit too late and thus, it did not help Sri Lanka's cause. This is Perera's second hat-trick in international cricket.