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Kusal Mendis

Sri Lanka|Wicketkeeper Batter
Kusal Mendis
INTL CAREER: 2015 - 2024
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Full Name

Balapuwaduge Kusal Gimhan Mendis

Born

February 02, 1995, Moratuwa

Age

29y 25d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper Batter

Education

Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa

RELATIONS

(brother)

Blessed with a compact technique, an aggressive impulse, and an iron resolve, Kusal Mendis rose rapidly through the age-group system, and quickly became one of the most promising young batsmen in the world. He had played only 16 first-class innings before he made his Test debut at the age of 20, and had hit only one first-class hundred before he made a maiden Test ton. That hundred - the 176 against Australia at Pallekele - was a match-flipping, series-defining knock, which given the fact no other batsman mustered more than 55 in the game, is one of the greatest ever Sri Lankan innings. Since then, Mendis has put together some impressive ODI innings as well, and has embedded himself in the Test top four.

A highly-rated graduate of Sri Lanka's school cricket system, Mendis' batting had earned him a large following long before he was on the national selectors' radar. As wicketkeeper and flowing right-hand batsman, Mendis won the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award in 2013, for his work in the Prince of Wales College team. He was Sri Lanka's under-19 captain in the Youth World Cup the following year.

Mendis began his first-class career for Bloomfield Cricket Club in the Premier League Tournament of 2015. He had a middling first season, hitting 459 runs at an average of 30.60, but continued to be followed closely as Sri Lanka moved to flood their Test team with youth. It was Mendis' excellent returns in the Moin-ud-Dowlah three-day tournament in Hyderabad that paved his route to the national team. He was named in the squad to play West Indies in October 2015, and made his debut in the second match of that series.
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Kusal Mendis Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests611144399824536.34702556.9191748541860
ODIs12712410375512232.93431786.9832837268866
T20Is6161213737923.271032133.0401211462233
FC951699637524539.841062659.991625756741248
List A16215811461812231.41534186.464324429111211
T20s132131635428728.332620135.19028310151547

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests61913211811/101/18118.005.36132.0000
ODIs127220280---8.40-000
T20Is61------------
FC951927224221/101/14121.005.33136.0000
List A1624333522/32/317.506.3616.5000
T20s1321100-----000
Balapuwaduge Kusal Gimhan Mendis

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Photos of Kusal Mendis

Sri Lanka won the T20I series 2-1
Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka put on a brisk 45-run stand
The victorious Sri Lanka squad with its spoils
Chris Silverwood and Kusal Mendis at Sri Lanka's training session
Kusal Mendis scored a brisk half-century
Sadeera Samarawickrama applauds for Kusal Mendis' half-century