Full Name Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslo Mendis
Born March 11, 1985
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Age 32 Years, 7 Months, 7 Days
National Side Sri Lanka
Batting Style Right Handed
Bowling Off break
Batting Rank Test - 33, ODI - 27, World Cup - 27
Bowling Rank Test - NA, ODI - NA, World Cup - NA
Teams Played 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, Sylhet Sixers, Nagenahira Nagas, Kandurata Maroons, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Udarata Rulers, Lahore Qalandars, Galle Guardians, Badulla District
Man of the Match Test - 0, ODI - 6, World Cup - 0, T20I - 5, IPL - 0, CL - 0,
Career Span [Test, 2008 - 2014], [ODI, 2008 - 2015], [World Cup, 2011], [T20I, 2008 - 2014], [IPL, 2008 - 2013], [CL, 2009 - 2010],

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.

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Ajantha Mendis Overall Stats

Batting & Fielding Performance

  M I N/O R HS 100s 50s 4s 6s Avg S/R Ct St
Test 19 19 6 213 78 v IND 0 1 25 1 16.38 46.81 2 0
ODI 87 42 19 188 21* v WI 0 0 16 2 8.17 71.48 15 0
World Cup 6 1 1 0 0* v NZ 0 0 0 0 - 0.00 - -
T20I 39 8 5 8 4* v IRE 0 0 1 0 2.66 47.05 6 0
IPL 10 3 1 3 2 v BLR 0 0 0 0 1.50 50.00 2 0
CL 6 4 2 18 15 v CHE 0 0 2 1 9.00 81.81 1 0

Bowling Performance

  I O M R W Best 3w 5w Avg E/R S/R
Test 31 788.2 118 2434 70 6/99 v BAN 3 4 34.77 3.08 67.57
ODI 84 692.2 34 3324 152 6/13 v IND 17 3 21.86 4.80 27.32
World Cup 5 42.4 5 134 7 3/35 v NZ 1 0 19.14 3.14 36.57
T20I 39 147.3 5 952 66 6/8 v ZIM 5 2 14.42 6.45 13.40
IPL 10 40 0 285 8 2/19 v JAI 0 0 35.62 7.12 30.00
CL 6 22 0 150 8 3/14 v CTS 1 0 18.75 6.81 16.50

Ajantha Mendis 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.

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