Full Name

Balapuwaduge Kusal Gimhan Mendis

Born

February 02, 1995, Moratuwa

Age

26y 255d

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
ODI79773222811930.10265383.9821721835400
T20I292905387918.55423127.1805442360
FC7513874946200*37.75837959.021218599551038
List A1041014277411928.59336382.4822026445594
T206059214687925.751072136.9401211772211
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test47812611011/101/18110.005.23126.00000
ODI79220280---8.40-000
T20I29------------
FC751624820621/101/14103.004.98124.00000
List A104326320---7.38-000
T20601100----000
Balapuwaduge Kusal Gimhan Mendis
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Photos


Kusal Mendis heaves leg side
Kusal Mendis weilds a bat at training
Sri Lanka bowling coach Chaminda Vaas has a chat with Kusal Mendis during training
Kusal Mendis swats one away
Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera before their departure for Bangladesh
Kusal Mendis ended a horror run of ducks