Full Name

Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslow Mendis

Born

March 11, 1985, Moratuwa

Age

36y 224d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

Ajantha Mendis reintroduced mystery to spin in the era of video analysts and super-slow-motion replays. Much like the original mystery spinner, Jack Iverson, and the other practitioner of the "Iversons", John Gleeson, Mendis stunned the world with his finger-flicked legbreaks. His Iversons came with a new name, the "carrom ball", taken from the way the striker is flicked in the popular board game in the subcontinent.

His first, most famous, and most comprehensive victims were the most prolific middle order of his time: Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. Following closely on the heels of a six-for in the Asia Cup final against India's ODI side, Mendis made a sensational Test debut. He took eight wickets in his first Test and 26 in his first series, two more than Alec Bedser's record for a three-match debut series.

The early success was built as much on his variations - offbreaks, topspinners, carrom balls, googlies, ones that did nothing - as it was on accuracy and Muttiah Muralitharan's company. As the mystery wore, though, much like with Iverson and Gleeson, the world caught up with him, and Mendis failed to live up to the early promise. By the time Murali retired, Mendis was not ready to take over as the leading Sri Lankan spinner, a vast change from when he could have emerged as the leading spinner in the world.

Mendis continues to be an effective spinner in shorter formats where batsmen don't have much time to adjust. He holds the record for the best figures in a T20I innings, but fails to find a regular place in the Sri Lankan side for the longer formats. The rest of his career will be an exercise in trying to rediscover success, this time not through mystery but by being a really good spinner.
Sidharth Monga

Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test193147302434706/9910/20934.773.0867.50541
ODI8784415433241526/136/1321.864.8027.30730
T20I3939885952666/86/814.426.4513.40320
FC811241323171473077/3711/10523.283.2443.0021183
List A163155741355862877/237/2319.464.5225.801450
T20129128276732301706/86/819.007.0016.20520
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test191962137816.3845546.810125120
ODI87421918821*8.1726371.4800162150
T20I398584*2.661747.05001060
FC811127188910117.99272769.271719357250
List A163882987071*14.74104283.49027122360
T20129491721427*6.6824686.9900167290
Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslow Mendis
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Ajantha Mendis and Suranga Lakmal celebrate Sri Lanka's narrow victory over West Indies
Ajantha Mendis is elated after hitting the winning runs for Sri Lanka
Ajantha Mendis' stumps were dislodged by Chris Woakes
Ajantha Mendis chats with Angelo Mathews
Ajantha Mendis and Upul Tharanga take a breather during training
Ruwan Kalpage works with Ajantha Mendis during training