Full Name

Balapuwaduge Kusal Gimhan Mendis

Born

February 02, 1995, Moratuwa

Age

27y 300d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper Batter

Education

Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa

RELATIONS

BOL Mendis

(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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Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test541034340219634.36616255.2071541529790
ODI89876254911931.46302484.2921925138473
T20I4949210597922.53817129.620108046153
FC8415485489200*37.59939858.401322655561148
List A1181157330811930.62390884.6432331758688
T209594625298628.731861135.89021202110386
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test54913211811/101/18118.005.36132.0000
ODI89220280---8.40-000
T20I49------------
FC841826622821/101/14114.005.14133.0000
List A118326320---7.38-000
T20951100----000
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Photos
Rahmat Shah scoops one over the wicketkeeper as Kusal Mendis watches on
Kusal Mendis and ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle observe a practice session
Kusal Mendis made a 14-ball 18
Kusal Mendis drives one over covers
Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis walk out to bat
Kusal Mendis walks back after completing Sri Lanka's win