Full Name

Ashantha Lakdasa Francis de Mel

Born

May 09, 1959, Colombo

Age

62y 132d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium fast

TEAMS

He was a brisk right-arm bowler with the ability to gain genuine outswing, Ashantha de Mel was Sri Lanka's leading pace bowler following their elevation to full Test status. In Sri Lanka's inaugural test against England in 1981-82, de Mel took a highly creditable 4 for 70 and 1 for 33. In the following tour of Pakistan, he toiled willingly, taking 11 wickets. In the one-off Test against India in 1982-83, he became the first Sri Lankan fast bowler to take a five-wicket haul, grabbing 5 for 68 in the second innings. With the bat, de Mel was a handy performer, capable of valuable contributions in the lower order with his aggressive style. A serious knee injury brought his career to a premature end after the 1987 World Cup, but he went on to represent Sri Lanka at bridge, including an appearance at the Commonwealth Games. He also served on the interim committee of the Sri Lanka cricket board, and was a national selector and manager of the under-19 side.
Johann P Jayasekera (April 2004)

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test172853263414.1700390
ODI574194663614.5659578.3100130
FC42579918100*19.1212220
List A70511357739*15.1800150
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test172735182180596/1097/20136.943.7159.60230
ODI575727352237595/325/3237.914.9046.30120
FC42705641321096/10937.903.5164.7030
List A7033472569695/325/3237.234.6048.50210
Ashantha Lakdasa Francis de Mel
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

Photos


Ramesh Mendis receives his maiden Test cap from Ashantha de Mel
Ashantha de Mel keeps a keen eye on proceedings at Sri Lanka training
Ashantha de Mel, chief of the national selection committee
Asantha de Mel - Portait