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Popular cricket players of Sri Lanka: Ajantha Mendis

by on March 5, 2011
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Popular cricket players of Sri Lanka: Ajantha Mendis

Sri Lankan spin bowler Ajantha Mendis prepares to deliver a ball during a practice session in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

  • Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lankan cricket team is classified as a slow-medium right arm bowler who bowls a mix of top-spinners, offbreaks, googlies, legbreaks and flippers.
  • Ajantha Mendis made his debut in Sri Lankan cricket team ODI squad on April 10, 2008 against West Indian cricket team.
  • Mendis has played 78 one day international matches in which he took 139 wickets at an economy rate of 4.59 with an average of 20.77. Mendis’s best bowling figure in ODI was 6/13 against India in Asia cup final.
  • Mendis claimed the Man-0f-the-Series Award in Asia cup tournament for being the lead wicket taker (17 wickets).
  • Mendis made his debut in test cricket on July 23, 2008 against India. He played 19 test cricket matches and took 70 wickets at an economy rate of 3.08. The best bowling figure of Mendis in test cricket is 6/117 against Indian cricket team.
  • Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lankan cricket team holds the record for being the fastest bowler to reach 50 wicket mark in one day international cricket. Mendis took 19 matches to reach the fastest 50 wicket mark.
  • In year 2008, Mendis took 48 wickets with an exemplary average of 10.12.
  • Ajantha Mendis is brilliant with ball. He is a Srilankan bowler who is famous for being lethal with the ball. Majority of famous Sri Lankan Cricketers are batsmen though. 

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