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Full name Angelo Davis Mathews
Born June 2, 1987, Colombo
Current age 25 years 355 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Basnahira North, Colts Cricket Club, Combined Provinces, Kolkata Knight Riders, Pune Warriors, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Under-19s
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Galle, Jul 4-7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS), Mar 16-19, 2013 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka at Harare, Nov 28, 2008 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Pallekele, Mar 28, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Australia v Sri Lanka at Nottingham, Jun 8, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Pallekele, Mar 31, 2013 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Colombo Cricket Club v Colts Cricket Club at Colombo (Colts), Nov 10-12, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS), Mar 16-19, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sri Lanka Under-23s v New Zealand A at Colombo (Police), Sep 16, 2005 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Pallekele, Mar 28, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Chilaw Marians Cricket Club v Colts Cricket Club at Colombo (Bloomfield), Feb 28, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Pune Warriors v Delhi Daredevils at Pune, May 19, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|30*, 3/14||Warriors||v Daredevils||Pune||19 May 2013||T20|
|0/25||Warriors||v KKR||Ranchi||15 May 2013||T20|
|0||Warriors||v Mum Indians||Pune||11 May 2013||T20|
|0/31, 40||Warriors||v KKR||Pune||9 May 2013||T20|
|18, 1/34||Warriors||v Royals||Jaipur||5 May 2013||T20|
|0/23, 32||Warriors||v RCB||Pune||2 May 2013||T20|
|0/29, 20||Warriors||v Sunrisers||Pune||17 Apr 2013||T20|
|0/29, 19||Warriors||v Mum Indians||Mumbai||13 Apr 2013||T20|
|0/27, 1*||Warriors||v Royals||Pune||11 Apr 2013||T20|
|4, 1/12||Warriors||v Kings XI||Pune||7 Apr 2013||T20|
A robust batting technique, nagging consistency with the ball, and athleticism in the field, all set off by an imperturbable temperament, have made Angelo Mathews one of Sri Lanka's most prized assets and a figure on which the team hangs many hopes. He has risen quickly since earning wide acclaim with an acrobatic save in the 2009 World Twenty20, and in February 2013, became Sri Lanka's youngest ever Test captain at 25, after having been groomed for the post for two years.
In limited overs cricket, Mathews' all-round skills are almost indispensable. When he pulled a quad in the World Cup semi-final in 2011, he forced three changes to the XI that played in the final, as the team strove for the balance he single-handedly delivers. He began his international career with ambitions of becoming a genuine allrounder, but has since given primacy to his batting, and effectively plays as a specialist batsman in the Test side.
Often coming to the crease at No. 6, Mathews provides solidity to the lower-middle order, which had been a weakness for Sri Lanka prior to his arrival. In ODIs he has provided two unforgettable finishes - against Australia in 2010, and Pakistan in 2012 - stealing victory with a sublime, sustained assault on each occasion. He has however been inconsistent at other times of his career, and struggles to convert starts into big scores in Test cricket - though he has maintained an average touching 40.
Long beheld as Sri Lanka's next permanent captain, Mathews' appointment to the captaincy heralded a renewed focus on youth and development by the Sri Lanka selectors. Once a successful leader of the St. Joseph's College side and the Sri Lanka Under-19 team, Mathews has been charged with ushering in a new age of Sri Lankan cricket.
Andrew Fidel Fernando
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