Duleep Mendis

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: August 25, 1952, Moratuwa
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Middle order Batter

Duleep Mendis Bio

Louis Rohan Duleep Mendis, hailing from the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka, is a renowned cricket player who played a key role in the early days of Sri Lanka as a Test-playing country. Known for his burly physique and wristy batting style, Mendis was a force to be reckoned with when he was in the mood to dominate attacks.

Born on September 24, 1952, Mendis initially made his debut for Sri Lanka at the tender age of 19, while still in school. However, it took several years before he could fully establish himself in the international arena, as Sri Lanka played their first Test in 1982, when Mendis was nearly 30 years old. Despite the delayed start, Mendis quickly found his rhythm and showcased his prowess with the bat.

Mendis faced the additional pressure of captaining the side from their third Test, but he handled the responsibility admirably. His first memorable performance came in the India tour of 1982-83, where he smashed centuries in both innings of the match at Madras, scoring 105 runs each time. Two years later, during the England tour of 1984, Mendis once again displayed his exceptional batting skills by notching up a magnificent 111 and 94 at Lord’s.

However, it was during the historic Test series against India in 1985-86 that Mendis truly rose to prominence. Leading Sri Lanka to their inaugural Test and series victory against India, Mendis played a pivotal role, scoring an impressive 310 runs at an average of 62.00. His exceptional leadership skills and outstanding batting performances contributed significantly to this landmark achievement for Sri Lankan cricket.

Following his success against India, Mendis faced a decline in his form, managing only two fifties in his last ten Tests. Despite this drop in performance, his contributions to Sri Lankan cricket remain indelible. In 1988, he passed the baton of captaincy to Ranjan Madugalle for the England tour and bid farewell to Test cricket with a commendable score of 56 in his final Test at Lord’s.

Mendis continued to stay involved in cricket even after retiring from the sport. He embraced a new role as a manager and witnessed Sri Lanka’s memorable World Cup triumph in 1996 while being at the helm of the team management. This victory further solidified his legacy and contribution to Sri Lankan cricket.

Beyond his on-field achievements, Mendis holds a special place in the hearts of cricket enthusiasts. He proved that age is just a number and demonstrated the importance of determination and perseverance in achieving success. With his powerful and aggressive batting style, Mendis inspired countless aspiring cricketers in Sri Lanka and around the world.

Louis Rohan Duleep Mendis remains an iconic figure in Sri Lankan cricket history. His playing career, marked by notable milestones, unwavering commitment, and leadership qualities, will forever be remembered as a fundamental part of Sri Lanka’s early journey as a Test-playing nation.

Duleep Mendis Career Stats

Duleep Mendis Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 24 43 1 1329 124 31.64 - - 4 8 - 11 9 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 79 74 9 1527 80 23.49 2034 75.07 0 7 - - 14 0
FC 121 190 16 6233 194 35.82 - - 12 35 - - 49 1
List A 110 104 14 2467 105* 27.41 - - 1 13 - - 24 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Duleep Mendis Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 24 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 79 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 121 - 90 52 1 1/4 - 52 3.46 90 - 0 0
List A 110 - 12 7 0 - - - 3.5 - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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