Angelo Mathews

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Angelo Mathews
ஏஞ்சலோ மேத்யூஸ்
ඇන්ජෙලෝ මැතිව්ස්
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Angelo Mathews with Sri Lanka in 2011
Personal information
Full name Angelo Davis Mathews
Born (1987-06-02) 2 June 1987 (age 30)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nickname Charlie's Angel, Kaluwa, Angie
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 112) 4 July 2009 v Pakistan
Last Test 2 December 2017 v India
ODI debut (cap 137) 31 December 2008 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 13 December 2017 v India
ODI shirt no. 69
T20I debut (cap 28) 8 June 2009 v Australia
Last T20I 6 September 2017 v India
T20I shirt no. 69
Domestic team information
Years Team
2010 Kolkata Knight Riders
2011–2013 Pune Warriors India (squad no. 69)
2012 Nagenahira Nagas
2015, 2017-present Delhi Daredevils (squad no. 22)
Basnahira North
Brothers Union
Combined Provinces
2018 Lahore Qalandars
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 72 194 69 85
Runs scored 4,914 5,048 1,054 6,240
Batting average 44.27 42.06 28.48 54.26
100s/50s 8/28 2/35 -/5 14/33
Top score 160 139* 81* 270
Balls bowled 3,828 5,053 937 5,375
Wickets 33 114 36 56
Bowling average 52.66 33.95 29.61 45.16
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/44 6/20 3/16 5/47
Catches/stumpings 55/0 47/0 23/0 52/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 13 December 2017

Angelo Davis Mathews ;(Sinhalese: ඇන්ජෙලෝ මැතිව්ස්; born 2 June 1987), popularly as Angelo Mathews, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team in all formats of the game.[1] He was a part of the Sri Lankan team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and the team that made the final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup and 2012 ICC World Twenty20.

Domestic career

Mathews made his List A debut for Sri Lanka Under-23s against New Zealand A at Police Park Ground, Colombo in September, 2005. He captained the Sri Lankan cricket team in the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka.[2] He later made his first-class debut for Colombo Cricket Club in November, 2006.

In the Indian Premier League cricket, he currently plays for Delhi Daredevils. He is one of the most sought out players in the Premier League world, having been bought by the Pune Warriors for US $950,000.[3] In 2015, he was sold to Delhi Daredevils in IPL Auction at a price tag of Rs.7.5 Crores. In February 2017, he was bought by the Delhi Daredevils team for the 2017 Indian Premier League for 2 crores.[4]

International career

Impressive start

Mathews began his international career in late 2008 with ambitions of becoming a genuine allrounder, but has since given primacy to his batting (to diminish his workload and avoid injuries), and effectively plays as a specialist batsman in the Test side. However, for the balance of the team, he still plays as a batting allrounder in the limited overs cricket. A more than useful strike rate of 84.06 has made him a damaging prospect in the final overs of the Sri Lankan innings.[5][3]

He made his international debut in a One Day International against Zimbabwe in November 2008 and made his Test debut against Pakistan at Galle in July, 2009.

Test cricket

Angelo Mathews at Sydney Cricket Ground in October 2010

Angelo Mathews made his Test debut in Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2009. The Test also marked the debuts of Abdur Rauf, Mohammad Amir and Saeed Ajmal. He scored his maiden half-century in the third Test of the series, played at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo. His maiden ton came against Australia in September, 2011 in the same venue.[6] Mathews has an average record in Tests in countries such as Australia, South Africa and India, but up to now he has had limited opportunities to improve on it. His brilliant records at home and in countries like England and UAE make up for that. Two of his four centuries came in England – against a high quality pace attack consisting of James Anderson and Stuart Broad – in the famous Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland, 2014. He has also flourished with the added responsibility of captaincy, averaging 86.62 in 13 matches.[6]

In February 2013, Mathews became Sri Lanka's youngest ever Test captain at 25, after having been groomed for the post for two years. He captained the Lankan team in its monumental Test series win in England (2014). His highest Test score (160 of 249 balls) also came in the second match of the series played at Headingley, Leeds.[5]

Captaincy (2013 – 2017)

Angelo Mathews as captain at the toss with Nick Knight

After Kumar Sangakkara stepped down as ODI captain following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Mathews was widely tipped to be Sri Lanka's next limited overs captain.[7] However, short tenures of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene followed.[8][9][10][11] After Sri Lanka's loss in the final of the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, the skipper Jayawardene stepped down as captain of the T20I side. Later that month, Mathews was appointed as the T20I captain with Lasith Malinga as his deputy.[1] In February 2013 Mathews was eventually named as ODI and Test captain succeeding Jayawardene.[12]

Mathews became an important member in Sri Lanka One Day team during the Sri Lanka tour of Australia in 2010/11. At the first match, on 3 November 2010, Mathews scored a magnificent match winning 77* runs with a partnership with Lasith Malinga, who also scored his only half-century. Sri Lanka were in trouble when he come into the crease, but finally won the match. In this match, Mathews along with Malinga, recorded the highest ninth wicket partnership in ODI history by scoring 132 runs for the ninth wicket.[13]

Mathews hit back-to-back centuries against England at Lord’s and Headingley to seal Sri Lanka’s first-ever Test series win in England. Under him, Sri Lanka also won the ODI series 3 – 2. The England tour was followed by a 2 – 0 win over Pakistan at home, where Mathews and his team ensured a winning send-off for Mahela Jayawardene from Tests.[14]

On 16 November 2014, Mathews scored his first ODI century against India at Ranchi. He hit four boundaries and ten huge sixes, but finally ended up in the losing side by century made by Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Under the captaincy of Mathews, however, lost all the matches in 5 ODI series against India in 2014. This is the largest loss by Sri Lanka in a bilateral series.[15]

Year 2014 was the limelight of Mathew's captaincy, where Sri Lanka won many bilateral ODI series and also the 2014 Asia Cup.[16] That year, he became the most successful ODI captain with 20 wins out of 32 matches and 62.50% of winning percentage.[17]

On 11 March 2015, during the last pool A match in 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, against Scotland, Mathews scored the fastest fifty by a Sri Lankan in World Cups, and third fastest ODI fifty by a Sri Lankan after Sanath Jayasuriya and Kusal Perera. His fifty came from just 20 balls, where it includes 5 sixes and 1 four.[18]

Mathews was able to bring the team to quarter finals of the World Cup 2015 under his captaincy, where they lost the quarter final against South Africa on 18 March 2015. This defeat was Sri Lanka's first lost in World Cups after 2003, without reaching for the semi finals.

Angelo Mathews batting

Mathews became the fourth Sri Lankan all-rounder to take 100 ODI wickets with more than 3000 ODI runs after Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, and Tillakaratne Dilshan. He took his 100th ODI wicket by lbw of Mohammad Hafeez on 26 July 2015.[19]

On 8 March 2016, Mathews was appointed as the T20I captain as well, due to continuous injuries of Lasith Malinga.[20] On 17 August 2016, under Mathews' captaincy, Sri Lanka whitewashed Australia, which was at the Number 1 in Test rankings. This was the first time that Sri Lanka managed to Whitewash a major Test side in their history. Before that, only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have been whitewashed.[21]

In July 2017, Sri Lanka lost a five-match home ODI series 3–2 against Zimbabwe. Matthews said the defeat was "one of the lowest points in my career"[22] and he stepped down as captain of the team in all three formats the following day.[23]


With three legends (Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Dilshan) retired from international cricket, the team had a rough time in many bilateral series in all formats. They also lost Asia Cup, World T20 and Champions Trophy very cheaply and moved down to 8 ad 7 places in rankings as well. With all these, Bangladesh toured Sri Lanka and drawn all formats, whereas Zimbabwe also recorded their first series win against Sri Lanka and the captaincy of Mathews was criticized for many reasons for their losses. Though he injured several times in his captaincy career, and replaced by Upul Tharanga in many winning notes, reporters suggested that Mathews will not captain until 2019 Cricket World Cup.[24]

Personal life

Mathews was born in Colombo, to Tamil father Tyronne Mathews and Burgher mother Monica Mathews.[25][26] Like retired bowling legend Chaminda Vaas, Mathews is Roman Catholic and was educated at St. Joseph's College, Colombo.[2] He is the first Josephian to be appointed captain of the national team.[27]

Mathews is married to his longtime partner, Heshani Silva. The wedding reception was held on 18 July 2013 at Cinnamon Grand Hotel with the presence of former president Mahinda Rajapakse.[28][29] The two have one son, who was born in 2017.[30]

Product and brand endorsements

Angelo Mathews endorses the following products.

Records and statistics

  • Highest ninth wicket partnership – 132 by Angelo Mathews (77) and Lasith Malinga (56) against Australia in November 2010.[13][35]
  • Most wins in year 2014 as a captain — Under the captaincy of Mathews, Sri Lanka won 20 ODI matches, lost 12 out of 32 matches and winning percentage is 62.50[17]
  • First cricketer to play in 50 T20I innings without registering a duck[36]

International centuries

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career

Angelo Mathews has scored 8 Tests and 2 ODI centuries.

Test centuries

Test centuries of Angelo Mathews
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start Date Result
[1] 105* 16  Australia Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 16 March 2011 Drawn
[2] 157* 34  Pakistan United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, UAE Sheikh Zayed Stadium 31 December 2013 Drawn
[3] 102 39  England England London, England Lord's 12 June 2014 Drawn
[4] 160 40  England England Leeds, England Headingley 20 June 2014 Won
[5] 122 49  Pakistan Sri Lanka Kandy, Sri Lanka Pallekele Cricket Stadium 3 July 2015 Lost
[6] 102 51  India Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka P Sara Oval 20 August 2015 Lost
[7] 110 52  India Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 28 August 2015 Lost
[8] 111 72  India India Delhi, India Feroz Shah Kotla Ground 2 December 2017 Drawn

One Day International centuries

One Day International centuries of Angelo Mathews
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 139* 138  India India Ranchi, India JSCA International Stadium 16 November 2014 Lost
[2] 111* 194  India India Mohali, India Punjab Cricket Association Stadium 13 December 2017 Lost

International 5 wicket hauls

ODI 5 wicket hauls

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 6/20 12  India R.Premadasa Stadium Colombo Sri Lanka 2009


Test Awards

Man of the Match Awards

S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 1st Test - Sri Lanka vs Pakistan in UAE Test Series 2013/14 1st Innings - 91 (127 balls, 15x4) ; 13-1-43-1
2nd Innings - 157* (343 balls, 16x4, 1x6); 2-0-9-0
Match Drawn.[40]
2 2nd Test - Sri Lanka in England Test Series 2014 1st Innings - 26 (28 balls, 2x4, 1x6); 16-4-44-4.
2nd Innings - 160 (249 balls, 25x4, 1x6); 10-3-16-0.
 Sri Lanka won by 100 runs.[41]

Player of the Series awards

S No Series Season Series Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka vs Pakistan in UAE Test Series 2013/14 412 runs with 1 century and 2 fifties. Avg. 103.00
1 ct. 38-5-124-2 ; avg. 62.00. (3 matches)
Series Drawn.[42]
2 Sri Lanka in England Test Series 2014 306 runs with 2 centuries. Avg. 76.50
37-9-99-4 ; Avg. 24.75 (2 matches)
 Sri Lanka won the series 1-0.[43]

ODI Awards

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Zimbabwe Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka 12 January 2009 52* (96 balls: 1x4, 2x6); 6–0–19–1  Sri Lanka won by 130 runs.[44]
2 India R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 12 September 2009 19 (37 balls: 1x4); 6–0–20–6  Sri Lanka won by 139 runs.[45]
3 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 3 November 2010 77* (84 balls: 8x4, 1x6);  Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket.[46]
4 Pakistan R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 18 June 2012 10–0–41–0; 80* (76 balls: 4x4, 2x6);  Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets.[47]
5 Pakistan DSC Stadium, Dubai 20 December 2013 3.4–0–17–0 ; 47(44 balls: 2x4)  Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets.[48]
6 Bangladesh Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka 6 March 2014 10–0–41–0; 1 ct. ; 80* (76 balls: 4x4, 2x6);  Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.[49]
7 India JSCA Cricket Stadium, Ranchi 16 November 2014 7–1–33–2; 1 ct. ; 139* (141 balls: 6x4, 10x6);  India won by 3 wickets.[50]
8 Australia R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 24 August 2016 57 (60 balls: 1x4, 2x6); 6-0-17-2 ; 1 ct.  Sri Lanka won by 82 runs.[51]

T20I Awards

Man of the Match Awards

# Series Date Opposition Match Performance Result
1 2010 ICC World Twenty20 11 May 2010 India 3–0–29–0; 46 (37 balls: 3x4, 2x6)  Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.[52]
2 2014 ICC World Twenty20 24 March 2014 Netherlands 4–0–16–3 ; DNB  Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets.[53]
3 2014 ICC World Twenty20 3 April 2014 West Indies 1–0–4–0; 40 (23 balls: 3x4, 2x6)  Sri Lanka won by 27 runs (D/L).[54]
4 Sri Lanka in South Africa 22 January 2017 South Africa 2–0–11–0, 2 ct. ; 54 (50 balls: 1x4, 3x6)  Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.[55]

Career best performances

Mathews's career best performances
Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Score Fixture Venue Season
FC 270 Basnahira North v Kandurata Colombo (SSC) 2009 5–47 Colts v Chilaw Marians Colombo (Colts) 2008
LA 139* Sri Lankans v India Ranchi 2014 6–20 Sri Lanka v India Colombo (RPS) 2009
T20 73* Nagenahira Nagas v Uva Next Colombo (RPS) 2012 4–19 Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata 2010


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External links

  • Angelo Mathews (Player Profile) ESPN Cricinfo
  • Angelo Mathews (Player Profile) Wisden India
  • Official Site
  • Angelo Mathews Island Cricket
  • Angelo Mathews (Player Profile) Cricket Archive
Preceded by
Mahela Jayawardene
Sri Lankan national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Dinesh Chandimal & Upul Tharanga
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