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Ajantha Mendis

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Board XI, Sri Lanka Army Sports Club, Sri Lankan Invitation XI, Kolkata, Wayamba, Somerset, Pune, Sydney Thunder, Combined Provinces, Dhaka Gladiators, Nagenahira Nagas, Kandurata Maroons, Mohammedan Sporting Club
Roles played:
Bowler
ICC Rank:
Batting:
0
Bowling:
35
Batting:
0
Bowling:
41
Batting:
0
Bowling:
19
Home country:
Sri Lanka
Born:
March 11, 1985, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Profile

When he first arrived on the international stage, Ajantha Mendis was an absolute nightmare to the opposition batsmen. Even his team-mates who practised with him in the nets for hours conceded that they had little idea what was to come out from those hands. Comparisons to the legendary Muttiah Muralidaran were evident and very early in his career Mendis was expected to shoulder his country's huge expectations once the master bowed into the sunset.

After playing only 23 limited-over matches and 59 two to three-day games, he had picked up a mind-boggling 282 wickets. Everyone concerned realised Mendis' rare talent seeing him take 68 wickets in just 9 matches in the Sri Lankan domestic tournament in 2008 and he was immediately inducted into Sri Lanka's ODI team. On his debut against West Indies, he took three wickets for 39 runs. However, Mendis unveiled his mastery in the Asia Cup final against India and ripped through the famed batting order prizing six wickets in a mesmerizing spell of spin bowling. In his debut Test series against India, the then most experienced Test batting line-up made no difference to him as he took 26 wickets at an average of just 18.38 which won Sri Lanka the series and also hurt the ego of a nation renowned for producing the best players of spin bowling.

His major exploits however, have come in the shortest format of the game. He dominated the T20s not only in the domestic leagues but also at the international level. He holds the record for being the only person to take 6 wickets in an innings in a T20I and if that was something, he bettered that performance by another 6 wicket haul making him the only man to do so twice.

Mendis' stock delivery is the off spin but he can bowl top spinners, flippers, googlies and just about anything at different paces and action including the carrom ball which he releases with his middle finger. His greatest attribute however is his accuracy and the absolute control with which he bowls these deliveries. With time and modern video analysis, the mystery about him faded and with opposition batsmen picking him, he started to struggled a bit. Despite that, Mendis remains one of Sri Lanka's most prized possessions of spin bowlers in recent times. Mendis was once part of the Kolkata franchise in the lucrative Indian T20 League, and in 2013, was bought by the Pune franchise for the league's sixth season.


Fast Facts

  • Ajantha Mendis became the first Sri Lankan to take a five-wicket haul and the first player in the world to have taken a six-wicket haul in T20Is.
  • Won the Emerging Player of the Year award at the LG ICC Awards ceremony held in Dubai in September 2008.
  • On 26 October 2012 Ajantha Mendis received the Sri Lankan order of Bantu, the highest civilian honor in Sri Lanka. 


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 18 18 211 6 17.58 47.52 0 1 78
ODI 70 32 135 15 7.94 68.52 0 0 19*
T20 39 8 8 5 2.66 47.05 0 0 4*
IPL 10 3 3 1 1.5 50 0 0 2
CLT20 6 4 18 2 9 81.81 0 0 15
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 18 29 4526 2349 70 6/99 / 33.55 3.11 5 4 1 50
ODI 70 67 3359 2481 121 6/13 / 20.50 4.43 6 3 0 69
T20 39 39 885 952 66 6/8 / 14.42 6.45 3 2 0 14
IPL 10 10 240 285 8 2/19 / 35.62 7.12 0 0 0 4
CLT20 6 6 132 150 8 3/14 / 18.75 6.81 0 0 0 4
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 2 0 0
ODI 9 0 1
T20 6 0 1
IPL 2 0 0
CLT20 1 0 0

Career

Span:
Test:
2008-2014
 
ODI:
2008-2014
 
T20:
2008-2014
 
IPL:
2008-2013
 
CLT20:
2009-2010
Test
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs India at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo - Jul 23, 2008
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong - Feb 04, 2014
ODI
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs West Indies at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain - Trinidad - Apr 10, 2008
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Mar 06, 2014
T20
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs Zimbabwe at Maple Leaf (North-West Ground), King City, Ontario - Oct 10, 2008
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs England at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong - Mar 27, 2014
IPL
Debut:
Kolkata Vs Punjab at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) - May 25, 2008
Last played:
Pune Vs Mumbai at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune - May 11, 2013
CLT20
Debut:
Wayamba Vs Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Oct 11, 2009
Last played:
Wayamba Vs Central Stags at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth - Sep 22, 2010
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