Full Name: Balapuwaduge
Date of Birth: 11 March 1985.
Place of Birth:
Batting Style: Right Handed Batsman.
Bowling Style: Right Arm Slow.
Test Debut: 23 July 2008 Vs.
ODI Debut : 10 April 2008 Vs.West Indies.
Playing Teams: 2007/09-Present(Wayamba), 2007/08-2007/08(Sri Lanka ARMY), 2008-present(
TEST CAREER: (As on june , 2009)
Best Score: 17 Vs.
Bat Average: 6.25.
Best Bowling: 6/117 Vs.India in 2008 at
Bowl Average: 23.05.
ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL CAREER:
Best Score: 15*.
Bat Average: 11.00.
Best Bowling: 6/13 Vs.
Bowl Average: 13.14.
First Class Career::
Best Score: 37.
Bat Average: 12.08.
5/10 wicket’s: 9/2.
Best Bowling: 7/37.
Bowl Average: 16.54.
List A Career::
Best Score: 71*.
Bat Average: 21.83.
5/10 wicket’s: 3/0.
Best Bowling: 6/13.
Bowl Average: 12.15.
Best Score: 9.
Bat Average: 21.07.
5/10 wicket’s: 0/0.
Best Bowling: 4/15.
Bowl Average: 13.95
Mendis Personal Information:
Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslo Mendis (born March 11, 1985 in Moratuwa) is a cricketer who plays for the Sri Lankan national cricket team.
Mendis hails from a hamlet in Moratuwa. He is the third child in a family of five with an elder brother and a sister. He has had his basic education at St Anthony's College at Kadalana in his village where there were no facilities at all for sports.
His Early Years:
Mendis subsequently entered Moratuwa Maha Vidyalaya in the year of 2000. During a cricket coaching class, Mendis' talents were initially identified by the school coach named Mr Lucky Rogers back in the year 1998 when he was just 13 years of age. In the year 2000 he represented the school under 15 cricket team and he was selected to the first eleven team. He also deputized for the school team captain. This slow medium bowler with a variation of leg spin was adjudged the Best Bowler at the big-matches twice in 2001 and 2002.
Sri Lanka Army Cricket Committee noticed his talents when he played a cricket match against the Army under 23 Division 11 during 2003/2004 tournaments. Following this he was invited to enlist in the regular force of the Sri Lanka Army, this was particularly due to the low number of cricketers from
Mendis in ARMY:
Following basic training he played for the army team and saw active military service as a Gunner in the Sri Lanka Artillery, a regiment of the Sri Lanka Army. Following the Asia Cup final, he has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant on the 7 July 2008 and the next day again to Second Lieutenant.
Domestic Career Information :
Mendis has represented the Army in 23 limited over matches and 59 two/three day matches, in which he has 38 wickets and 244 wickets respectively to his credit. Mendis bowls off spin as his stock delivery and he has few more variations in his armory- leg spin, top spin and faster bowl. All this was developed during 2006/2007 domestic seasons on his own. He also extended his purple patch in the domestic season 2007/2008 under 23 division 1 tournament and was later selected to the pool of "Academy Squad" organized by Sri Lanka Cricket. There he was able to polish his cricketing skills further. He had the opportunity of touring neighboring
Bowling Technique of Mendis :
Jerome Jayaratne, the
Although the ball can be made to either turn away or into a right-handed batsman, Mendis uses it to turn away from a right handed batsman, in order to contrast it with his off-breaks and googlies.
Great Debut for Mendis against
Ajantha Mendis made his debut in Test cricket against
ONE DAY INERNATIONALS:
Ajantha Mendis made his One Day International debut against West Indies in at the Queen's Park Oval,
Mendis Performance against
Ajantha Mendis, playing his eighth ODI, picked up the first six-wicket haul in the Asia Cup final against
His best bowling performance in a one-day international came in the final of the 2008 Asia Cup, where he took 6 wickets for 13 runs in just his eighth match. His 17 wickets in the tournament earned him the Man of the Series award.
T20 International Career :
On 10 October 2008, Ajantha Mendis made his Twenty20 debut against
Some Acheivements and Awards of Mendis :
· Ajantha Mendis won the Emerging Player of the Year award at the LG ICC Awards ceremony held in
· Mendis was the top choice of the 25-person
· The Emerging Player of the Year Award was one of eight individual prizes given at the 2008, ICC Awards. Players eligible for this award must be under 26 years of age at the start of the voting period (August 9, 2007) and have played no more than five Test matches and/or 10 ODIs before the start of the voting period.