(Sri Lankan Cricketer)
When Kusal Mendis broke into the International scene, he was touted the next big thing in Sri Lankan. So far, he has not done justice to the talent he possess. However, he has time and age by his side to work his way to become the permanent member of the Sri Lankan team.
|Profession:||Right-hand top-order batsman, occasional wicket-keeper|
|Weight (approx.):||68 Kg|
|Date of Birth:||2 February 1995|
|Age (as on 2018):||23 years|
|Birth Place:||Moratuwa, Sri Lanka|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign:||Aquarius|
|College:||Prince of Wales’ College, Moratuwa|
|Test:||vs West Indies at Colombo (PSS), Oct 22-26, 2015|
|ODI:||vs Sri Lanka at Dublin (Malahide), Jun 16, 2016|
|T20:||vs Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jul 5, 2016|
|Jersey Number:||#02 (Sri Lanka)|
|Domestic/State Team:||Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka A Emerging Players|
|Nature on field:||Aggressive batsman|
|Likes to play against:||NA|
|Career Turning Point|
Mendis started his professional first-class career for Bloomfield Cricket Club in the Premier League Tournament of 2015 wherein he hit 459 runs at an average of 30.60 to garner attention of national selectors. He scored handsomely in the Moin-ud-Dowlah three-day tournament to earn National call up.
- Kusal Mendis is the youngest Sri Lankan to score a century against Australia.
- Kusal Mendis hold the record of the highest score against Australia in Sri Lanka.
- Kusal Mendis is the joint second-fastest (shared with Tharanga) to score 1000 ODI runs for Sri Lanka.
|Hobbies:||Swimming, Playing Football|
|Favourite Batsmen:||Sachin Tendulkar|
|Favourite Cricket Ground:||NA|
|Favourite sports Commentator:||NA|
|Favourite Food:||Submarine Sandwiches, Apple soda|
|Girlfriends, Spouse and Children|
|Awards and recognitions|
- Dialog SLC Future Cricketer of the Year 2015-16
- Dialog SLC ODI Batsman of the year 2016-17
|Lesser Known Facts|
- Mendis was adjudged the 2013 schoolboy cricketer of the year.
- Mendis captained the national youth and the Prince of Wales College sides.
- In the debut Test in England, Mendis scored a duck in the first innings but his maiden test half-century in the second.
- Mendis scored maiden ODI fifty in his debut game against Ireland in 2016.