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 22)
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 6 October 2017 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 170) 16 June 2016 v Ireland
Last ODI 16 October 2017 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no. 02
T20I debut (cap 66) 5 July 2016 v England
Last T20I 22 February 2017 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
2013–present Bloomfield C&AC
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 22 39 8 21
Runs scored 1,441 1,156 74 467
Batting average 33.51 32.11 9.25 23.55
100s/50s 3/4 1/11 -/- 0/4
Top score 194 102 22 77
Balls bowled 66 20 - 12
Wickets 1 0 - 0
Bowling average 41.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/10
Catches/stumpings 29/0 19/0 0/0 20/4
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 16 October 2017

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

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]

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.[8]

Against Australia

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.[9] 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.

Zimbabwe Tri-series 2016

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.[10] 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.[11]

Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2017

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.[12][13]

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.[14]

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

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.[15]
  • Dialog SLC ODI Batsman of the year 2016-17.[16]

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.[17]
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.[18]

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.[19]
2 Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo 27 November 2016 DNB, 1 ct. ; 57 (72 balls: 10x4)  Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.[20]
3 India The Oval, London 8 June 2017 DNB, 1 ct. ; 89 (93 balls: 11x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.[21]

Player of the series awards

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 2016 Zimbabwe Tri-series 2016/17 167 runs (2 fifties) avg. 55.66. (5 matches)  Sri Lanka won the tri-series.[22]
2 Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2016/17 160 runs (2 fifties) avg. 53.33. (3 matches) Series drawn 1–1.[23]


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  2. ^ "Gunaratne wins big at SLC's annual awards". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Australia v Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis ton leads fightback, puts heat on Australia". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cambrian Kusal Mendis Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year". The Sunday Observer. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "2nd Test Sri Lanka v West Indies". 22 October 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland, 1st ODI: Ireland v Sri Lanka at Dublin (Malahide), Jun 16, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland, Only T20I: England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jul 5, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Mendis, Tharanga fifties propel SL to 316". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Second-youngest to score 150-plus against Australia". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Sri Lanka survive Lewis' 148 for thrilling win". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Mendis, Tharanga steer Sri Lanka to title". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Mendis 166* headlines Sri Lanka dominance". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Bangladesh begin well in reply to Sri Lanka's 494". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Rain thwarts SL's chances after Mendis ton". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Dialog Cricket Awards 2016: List of award winners". Cricket Machan. 1 December 2016. 
  16. ^ "Herath and Gunaratne triumph Dialog Cricket Awards 2017". cricinfo. 1 November 2017. 
  17. ^ "Warne-Muralitharan Trophy, 2016 – Scorecard of 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Galle, Mar 7-11, 2017 – Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series, 5th Match: Sri Lanka v West Indies at Bulawayo, Nov 23, 2016". 
  20. ^ "Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series, Final: Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka at Bulawayo, Nov 27, 2016". 
  21. ^ "ICC Champions Trophy, 8th Match, Group B: India v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Jun 8, 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  22. ^ "Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series, 2016". 
  23. ^ "Bangladesh in Sri Lanka ODI Series, 2016/17". 

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