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Kusal Mendis
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Kusal Mendis

Sri Lanka|Wicketkeeper batter
Kusal Mendis

INTL CAREER: 2015 - 2021

Full Name

Balapuwaduge Kusal Gimhan Mendis

Born

February 02, 1995, Moratuwa

Age

26y 103d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper batter

Education

Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa

TEAMS

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
Test47914302219634.73548055.1471137228710
ODI76743216711930.52255984.6821721633390
T20I262604847918.61368131.5205412160
FC7513874946200*37.75837959.021218599551038
List A101984271311928.86326982.9922026243584
T205756214147926.181017139.0301211470211
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test47812611011/101/18110.005.23126.00000
ODI76220280---8.40-000
T20I26------------
FC751624820621/101/14103.004.98124.00000
List A101326320---7.38-000
T20571100----000
Balapuwaduge Kusal Gimhan Mendis
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Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera before their departure for Bangladesh
Kusal Mendis ended a horror run of ducks
Kusal Mendis took a tumbling catch to dismiss Jonny Bairstow
Kusal Mendis' lean series continued with a second duck in as many innings
Kusal Mendis struggled against the pace of Anrich Nortje
Kusal Mendis sweeps on his way to a half-century