India vs Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera says he didn't realise about hat-trick

Perera stated he didn't know about his feat as his concentration was focused on the death bowling.

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2016, 15:08 PM IST
India vs Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera says he didn't realise about hat-trick

New Delhi: Sri Lanka pacer Thisara Perera said that he had not realised that he had taken a hat-trick in the 2nd T20I against India on Friday until his teammates had informed about the news.

Perera became the fourth bowler in the history of Twenty20 cricket to claim a hat-trick.

Perera stated he didn't know about his feat as his concentration was focused on the death bowling.

"Actually, I didn't know that it was a hat-trick. Because that time my concentration was about my death bowling," Perera said.

Sri Lanka lost the second game against India by 69 runs, although Perera became the first Asian bowler to take a hat-trick in T20 Internationals.

He went on to add that his teammates told him about the feat.

"My teammates told me I got a hat-trick. Then I thought it was very good for me," he said.

Perera had dismissed Hardik Pandya in the fourth ball of his final over and then sent back Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh off successsive deliveries.

Perera said it was also good to get his second hat-trick in international cricket.

"This is my second one -- the first hat-trick was in an ODI (against Pakistan)," he said.

(With PTI inputs)