Kusal Mendis

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Kusal Mendis
කුසල් මෙන්ඩිස්
Personal information
Full name Balapuwaduge Kusal Gimhan Mendis
Born (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 23)
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm leg spin
Role Batsman, wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 132) 22 October 2015 v West Indies
Last Test 31 January 2018 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 170) 16 June 2016 v Ireland
Last ODI 8 February 2018 v Bangladesh
ODI shirt no. 02
T20I debut (cap 66) 5 July 2016 v England
Last T20I 15 February 2018 v Bangladesh
Domestic team information
Years Team
2015–2017 Bloomfield C&AC
2017–present C.C.C
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 24 44 9 44
Runs scored 1,712 1,239 127 2,827
Batting average 37.21 30.97 14.11 36.24
100s/50s 4/5 1/11 -/1 6/9
Top score 196 102 53 196
Balls bowled 72 20 - 150
Wickets 1 0 - 2
Bowling average 43.00 41.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/10 1/10
Catches/stumpings 31/0 23/0 0/0 62/8
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 15 February 2018

Balapuwaduge Kusal Gimhan Mendis, known as Kusal Mendis (Sinhalese: කුසල් මෙන්ඩිස්; born 2 February 1995) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer who plays for all forms of the game.[1] He only played sixteen first-class matches before playing for the national side. He usually bats at number three in all formats. In November 2017, he was named the One Day International batsman of the year for the 2016–17 season at Sri Lanka Cricket's annual awards.[2]

Early career

Mendis was adjudged the 2013 schoolboy cricketer of the year and had captained the national youth and the Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa teams in his formative years.[1][3][4]

International career

Debut years

He was part of Sri Lanka's squad for the 2014 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He is the 132nd Test player for Sri Lanka, gaining his cap during the second Test of Sobers-Tissera Trophy. He made his Test debut in 2nd Test of West Indies tour of Sri Lanka 2015, scoring 13 runs in the first innings and 39 runs in second innings.[5]

He was named in the Sri Lanka squad for the tour of England, and in the first Test he scored a duck in the first innings, but in the second innings he scored his maiden test half-century with 53 runs.

He made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Ireland on 16 June 2016, scoring his maiden ODI fifty.[6] Mendis made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for Sri Lanka against England on 5 July 2016 in the same tour.[7]

Making mark in international arena

On 28 July 2016, Mendis scored his maiden Test century during the first Test against Australia at the Pallekele Cricket Stadium. He became the youngest Sri Lankan to score a century against Australia and also the highest score against Australia on home soil.[8] Sri Lanka won the match by 106 runs, which was only their second Test win against Australia. Mendis won the Man of the Match award for his performance.

In the fifth match of the Tri-series in Zimbabwe against the West Indies, Mendis scored 94 runs. With his fifty and 94 runs by Niroshan Dickwella, Sri Lanka posted 330 runs off 50 overs, which was recorded as the highest total by Sri Lanka against the West Indies. Sri Lanka won the match by single run and Mendis was adjudged man of the match for his batting.[9] With this win Sri Lanka reached the final with Zimbabwe. In the final, Mendis scored another fifty, guiding the team to win the series by 6 wickets. His all-round performances in the series gave him his first player of the series award.[10]

On the first Test against Bangladesh at Galle, Mendis scored his second Test century, just fall short 6 runs for his double hundred. His score of 194, before he was caught by Tamim Iqbal.[11][12]

On 28 March 2017, in the second ODI against Bangladesh at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Mendis scored his maiden ODI century, with 102 runs. However, the match ended as a no result, due to heavy rain.[13]

On 8 June 2017 against India in 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, Mendis scored a match-winning 89 runs to seal the match for Sri Lanka.[14] In the match, Sri Lanka chased 321 runs scored by India, by recording the highest successful run chase in Champion's Trophy history. He along with Danushka Gunathilaka stood 159-run stand for the second wicket and helped to reach the mark.[15] This was Sri Lanka's joint-highest chase, and their first successful 300-plus chase since the 2015 World Cup as well.[16]

On 30 June 2017 against Zimbabwe, Mendis passed 1,000 ODI runs, becoming the joint second-fastest (with Tharanga) for Sri Lanka to achieve this.[17]

During the first Test against Bangladesh in 2018, Mendis scored his fourth Test hundred. His hundred came on the third day of the match, which was on his 23rd birthday. Mendis along with Dhananjaya de Silva scored 308-run partnership to the second wicket until De Silva dismissed for 173 runs. However, Mendis was dismissed for 196 runs, four runs short of his maiden double century just before the tea break.[18][19][20] Mendis' career-best score of 196, however, made him the second Sri Lankan after Kumar Sangakkara to get out in the 190s at least twice.[21]

After good performances in Tests against Bangladesh, Mendis was named to the T20I squad for Sri Lanka by replacing injured Kusal Perera.[22] In the first match, he scored a match winning knock of 53 from 27 balls. Bangladesh scored 193 in their 20 overs, which is their highest T20I total. Mendis opened the innings with Danushka Gunathilaka and they added 53 for the first wicket in just 4.5 overs. Then Mendis scored his first T20I fifty and Sri Lanka won the match by 6 wickets. The chase of 193 is recorded as the highest T20I chase by Sri Lanka as well. Mendis adjudged man of the match, which is his first in T20Is.[23]

International centuries

Test centuries

Test centuries of Kusal Mendis
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start Date Result
1 176 7  Australia Sri Lanka Kandy, Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 28 July 2016 Won
2 194 15  Bangladesh Sri Lanka Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 7 March 2017 Won
3 110 19  India Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 3 August 2017 Lost
4 196 23  Bangladesh Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium 31 January 2018 Drawn

One Day International centuries

One Day International centuries of Kusal Mendis
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
1 102 24  Bangladesh Sri Lanka Dambulla, Sri Lanka Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium 28 March 2017 No result

International awards

  • Dialog SLC Future Cricketer of the Year 2015-16.[24]
  • Dialog SLC ODI Batsman of the year 2016-17.[25]

Test cricket

Man of the match awards

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 1st Test – Warne-Murali Trophy Series 2016 1st Innings – 8 (7 balls: 2x4) ; 2 ct.
2nd Innings - 176 (254 balls: 21x4, 1x6)
 Sri Lanka won by 106 runs.[26]
2 1st Test – Joy-Bangla Trophy Series 2017 1st Innings – 194 (285 balls: 19x4, 4x6)
2nd Innings - 19 (49 balls: 1x6), 1 Ct.
 Sri Lanka won by 259 runs.[27]

One Day Internationals

Man of the Match awards

No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1  West Indies Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo 23 November 2016 94 (73 balls: 7x4, 5x6); DNB, 1 runout  Sri Lanka won by 1 run.[28]
2  Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo 27 November 2016 DNB, 1 ct. ; 57 (72 balls: 10x4)  Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.[29]
3  India The Oval, London 8 June 2017 DNB, 1 ct. ; 89 (93 balls: 11x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.[30]

Player of the series awards

# Series Season Series Performance Result
1 2016 Zimbabwe Tri-series 2016/17 167 runs including 2 fifties. avg. 55.66. (5 matches)  Sri Lanka won the tri-series.[31]
2 Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2016/17 160 runs including 2 fifties. avg. 53.33. (3 matches) Series drawn 1–1.[32]

Twenty20 International Cricket

Man of the match awards

# Series Season Opponent Venue Match Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2017/18  Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka 52 (27 balls: 8x4, 2x6),  Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.[33]


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  14. ^ "India's winning rhythm disrupted by young papare batting beat". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
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  16. ^ "Gunathilaka announces his arrival". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
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  19. ^ "Mendis and Dhananjaya battle adversity to keep Sri Lanka afloat". ESPN Cricinfo. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018. 
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  32. ^ "Bangladesh in Sri Lanka ODI Series, 2016/17". 
  33. ^ "Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Feb 15, 2018". 

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