Ajantha Mendis broke onto the International scene as a ‘mystery spinner’ who bowled everything. He bowled off-break, leg-break, googly, flipper and straight delivery. He was an instant hit, claiming a bag full of wickets in first couple of years.
Right arm spin
Date of Birth:
11 March 1985
Age (as on 2018):
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
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St Anthony’s College, Kadalana and Moratuwa Maha Vidyalaya
#40 (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka, Combined Provinces, Dhaka Gladiators, Hampshire, Kandurata Maroons, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lahore Qalandars, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Pune Warriors, Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Board President’s XI, Wayamba
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Career Turning Point
Mendis bamboozled the Indian batting line-up to return with figures of 6/13 in 2008 Asia Cup final, the best ODI figures by an bowler in an tournament final.
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Girlfriends, Spouse and Children
One Son, and daughter
Awards and recognitions
ICC Emerging Player of the Year in 2008
Lesser Known Facts
On 3 March 2009, the bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricketers to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore was fired at by masked gunmen.
Ajantha Mendis was among seven Sri Lankan cricketers who were injured in the attack.
Mendis was in an active military service as a Gunner in the Sri Lanka Artillery a regiment of the Sri Lanka Army.
In 2012, Ajantha Mendis received the Sri Lankan order of Bantu, the highest civilian honor in Sri Lanka.