PLAYER PROFILE

Ajantha Mendis, Right Arm Leg Spin Bowler, Srilanka


SRI LANKA


Name
Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslo Mendis

Country
Sri Lanka

Date of Birth
March 11, 2022

Place of Birth
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Batting Style
Right Handed

Bowling Style
Right arm slow medium

ODI Debut
April 10, 2022 v West Indies

Test Debut
July 23, 2021 v India

T20 Debut
October 10, 2021 v Zimbabwe

  • TESTs
  • ODIs
  • T20s
Ajantha Mendis poses the same problem as Sachin Tendulkar for the broadcasters, one does not know what to term him as, an off-spinner, a leg-spinner or a medium pacer! Mendis bowls a nice little assortment of off-spinners, leg-spinners, googlies, wrong-uns, medium pacers and so on. In his first two years in the first class cricket, he had a jaw-dropping record. In less than 20 first class matches, he had picked up more than 110 wickets at an unheard of average of about 14! In the List A matches in the same period, he went one better, and took 40 wickets at an average of 12. This led to his selection into the Sri Lankan ODI team, and he soon made his debut against the West Indies. With his bag of tricks out in the open, batsmen found it impossible to pick him; Ramnaresh Sarwan almost falling over again and again, but not able to score too many off him. He bowled his 10 overs for only 39 runs, and took three wickets. Looking at him bowl many consider him to be an ideal replacement for Muralidaran.

He also played in the first season of the IPL as a late addition for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

TESTs BATTING vs ALL TEAMS
M
INN
NO
Runs
HS
100s
50s
Avg
SR
10
11
4
64
27
0
0
9.14
45.39
TESTs BOWLING vs ALL TEAMS
M
Overs
Runs
Mdns
Wkts
Avg
Best
Econ
10
431
1298
69
44
29.5
6/117
3.01