Ajantha Mendis

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: March 11, 1985, Moratuwa
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowler

Ajantha Mendis Bio

Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslow Mendis, commonly known as Ajantha Mendis, is a former professional cricket player from Sri Lanka. Born on March 11, 1985, in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, Mendis is renowned for reinventing mystery spin in the modern era of video analysts and slow-motion replays.

Inspired by the likes of Jack Iverson and John Gleeson, Mendis introduced the world to his finger-flicked legbreaks, popularly known as the “Iversons,” and his iconic “carrom ball,” which was named after the striking movement in the subcontinent’s popular board game. With these variations, Mendis bewildered some of the great batsmen of his time, including Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly.

Mendis’ rise to prominence began with his remarkable performance in the Asia Cup final against India’s ODI side, where he secured a six-for. Following this success, he made his Test debut and immediately made an impact by claiming eight wickets in his debut match and 26 wickets in his first Test series. With this feat, he surpassed Alec Bedser’s record for the most wickets in a three-match debut series.

In addition to his exceptional variations, Mendis relied on accuracy and the guidance of his mentor, Muttiah Muralitharan, to achieve early success. However, as the mystery surrounding his unique style began to unravel, Mendis struggled to live up to the sky-high expectations placed upon him. By the time Muralitharan retired, Mendis was unable to assume the role of Sri Lanka’s leading spinner.

Despite this setback, Mendis continued to excel in shorter formats of the game, where batsmen had limited time to adjust to his unorthodox deliveries. He holds the record for the best figures in a T20I innings, showcasing his exceptional skills in the limited-overs arena. However, his consistent selection for the Sri Lankan side in longer formats remained a challenge.

As Mendis progresses in his cricketing career, he now faces the task of rediscovering success without relying solely on mystery. His focus has shifted towards honing his skills as a highly skilled spinner, aiming to make a significant impact in the world of cricket.

Although Mendis has faced obstacles along the way, his early accomplishments and unique style have cemented his place in cricket history. Fans and cricket enthusiasts will eagerly watch his journey, anticipating his resurgence and contributions to the sport.

As of now, Ajantha Mendis has retired from international cricket, leaving behind an enduring legacy as a pioneer of mystery spin in the modern game. His story serves as a reminder of the ever-evolving nature of the sport and the endless possibilities for innovation and success.

Ajantha Mendis Career Stats

Ajantha Mendis Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 19 19 6 213 78 16.38 455 46.81 0 1 25 1 2 0
T20Is 39 8 5 8 4* 2.66 17 47.05 0 0 1 0 6 0
ODIs 87 42 19 188 21* 8.17 263 71.48 0 0 16 2 15 0
FC 81 112 7 1889 101 17.99 2727 69.27 1 7 193 57 25 0
List A 163 88 29 870 71* 14.74 1042 83.49 0 2 71 22 36 0
T20s 129 49 17 214 27* 6.68 246 86.99 0 0 16 7 29 0

Ajantha Mendis Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 19 31 4730 2434 70 6/99 10/209 34.77 3.08 67.5 5 4 1
T20Is 39 39 885 952 66 6/8 6/8 14.42 6.45 13.4 3 2 0
ODIs 87 84 4154 3324 152 6/13 6/13 21.86 4.8 27.3 7 3 0
FC 81 124 13231 7147 307 7/37 11/105 23.28 3.24 43 21 18 3
List A 163 155 7413 5586 287 7/23 7/23 19.46 4.52 25.8 14 5 0
T20s 129 128 2767 3230 170 6/8 6/8 19 7 16.2 5 2 0

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