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Ajantha Mendis

Bats Right Hand.
Bowls Right Arm Off-Spin

Bats Right Hand.
Bowls Right Arm Off-Spin

AGE
30
HEIGHT
CM
BORN

Colombo

COUNTRY

LOCAL CLUB

Wayamba

Bio

In 2009, Ajantha Mendis was destined to become the next Muralitharan. 

His rise to prominence was so extreme that experts were touting him as the future of spin bowling. 

His incredible weaponry included a wide range of deliveries, including his carrom ball, which bamboozled batsmen for years.

Sadly for Sri Lanka, the talented prodigy isn’t having the same effect anymore, with most players catching on to his style of bowling.

His Test debut came against India in 2008, where Mendis’ mystery balls left the talented Indian middle-order dumbfounded. 

He finished the match with eight wickets, including the scalps of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman twice. 

He somehow topped that in the next match, when he claimed match figures of 10/209. 

It was a history making debut, with the new-age spinner taking a record setting 26 series wickets. 

Despite 62 wickets in his 16 Test career, Mendis hasn’t played in the five day format since his side’s crushing defeat to England in 2011.

While he has struggled to earn a spot in the Test team, Mendis has been a regular in the Sri Lankan ODI side. 

3/39 against the West Indies heralded his arrival on the international circuit, with the Sri Lankan bowler backing that up with a career best 6/13 against the star-studded Indians later that year. 

In what was quickly becoming a dream come true, Mendis won Player of the Tournament at the 2008 Asia Cup with 17 wickets at a miserly 8.52. 

He has remained an economic, wicket taking bowler for Sri Lanka, although injuries have hampered the bulk of his 2012 campaign.

T20 has served Mendis very well, with the tweaker holding the record as the only man to have taken six wickets in an innings. Just to prove it wasn’t a fluke, he did it again for good measure. 

His 6/16 against Australia was good, but his 6/8 against Zimbabwe at the World T20 was stunning. 

The Zimbabweans had no answer to his mix of method and madness as they slumped to an 82 run defeat.

The Australians have already been on the end of a Mendis master class, and will have hopefully learned how to combat his magic. 

The record breaking bowler will be keen to atone for a lack of cricket that has made him hungrier than ever before.


MATCHES
19
DEBUT
-
CAP NO
109
BEST BATTING
78
BEST BOWLING
6-99
Bowling
WICKETS
70
AVERAGE
34.8
ECONOMY
3.09
S/R
67.6
5W
4
10W/M
1
Batting
RUNS
213
INNINGS
19
NOT OUTS
6
AVERAGE
16.38
100s
0
50s
1
MATCHES
87
DEBUT
-
CAP NO
134
BEST BATTING
21
BEST BOWLING
6-13
Bowling
WICKETS
152
AVERAGE
21.9
ECONOMY
4.8
S/R
27.3
5W
3
10W/M
0
Batting
RUNS
188
INNINGS
42
NOT OUTS
19
AVERAGE
8.17
100s
0
50s
0
MATCHES
39
DEBUT
-
CAP NO
BEST BATTING
4
BEST BOWLING
6-8
Bowling
WICKETS
66
AVERAGE
14.4
ECONOMY
6.45
S/R
13.4
5W
2
10W/M
0
Batting
RUNS
8
INNINGS
8
NOT OUTS
5
AVERAGE
2.67
100s
0
50s
0

Mendis unaware he'd won the match

Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis hits a six to secure a thrilling one-wicket victory over West Indies, only it took him a few moments to realise the game was over


Mendis baffled by match-winning six

Ajantha Mendis hits a six to secure Sri Lanka a narrow one-wicket win in the first ODI against West Indies