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Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslo Mendis known as Ajantha Mendis is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer who plays for ODIs, Tests and T20Is for Sri Lankan national cricket team. He is known as the "mystery spinner" due to the unusual bowling action and widely regarded as one of the best Twenty20 bowlers in the world arena. As a batsman he has proven to be a useful tailender, scoring one Test fifty.

Ajantha Mendis
අජන්ත මෙන්ඩිස්
Personal information
Full name Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslow Mendis
Born (1985-03-11) 11 March 1985 (age 31)
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off spin, leg spin
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut 23–26 July 2008 v India
Last Test 24–28 July 2014 v South Africa
ODI debut 10 April 2008 v West Indies
Last ODI 26 December 2015 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 40
T20I debut 10 October 2008 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I 27 May 2014 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007–present Wayamba
2006–present Sri Lanka Army
2011 Somerset
2008–2009 Kolkata Knight Riders
2012 Nagenahira Nagas
2013 Pune Warriors
2016 Lahore Qalandars
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 19 87 65 146
Runs scored 213 188 1,288 654
Batting average 16.38 8.17 16.11 13.62
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 1/3 0/2
Top score 78 21* 101 71*
Balls bowled 4,730 4,154 12,843 6,999
Wickets 70 152 302 278
Bowling average 34.77 21.86 22.60 18.36
5 wickets in innings 4 3 18 5
10 wickets in match 1 n/a 3 n/a
Best bowling 6/117 6/13 7/37 7/23
Catches/stumpings 2/– 15/– 22/– 29/–
Source: CricketArchive, 26 December 2015
Born 11 March 1985 –
Moratuwa
Allegiance Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Service/branch Sri Lanka Army
Years of service 2005 –
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Sri Lanka Artillery

Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslo Mendis (born 11 March 1985 in Moratuwa) known as Ajantha Mendis is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer who plays for ODIs, Tests and T20Is for Sri Lankan national cricket team. He is known as the "mystery spinner" due to the unusual bowling action and widely regarded as one of the best Twenty20 bowlers in the world arena. As a batsman he has proven to be a useful tailender, scoring one Test fifty.

Mendis made his One Day International debut against the West Indies at Port of Spain in 2008 and took 3 for 39. He also plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

His first Test Match was against India at Colombo on 23 July 2008 in which he returned match figures of 8–132, thereby becoming the first Sri Lankan bowler to get an eight-wicket haul on Test debut. Mendis won the Emerging Player of the Year award at the LG ICC Awards ceremony held in Dubai in September 2008.

On 3 March 2009, the bus that carried the Sri Lankan cricketers to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, for the third day's play of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, was fired at by masked gunmen. Mendis was among seven Sri Lankan cricketers who were injured in the attack, which killed five policemen who guarded the bus.

He is the only bowler to have taken six wickets in a Twenty20 International, and he has achieved the feat twice, claiming the world record figures of 6 wickets for 8 runs for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe on 18 September 2012. On 26 October 2012 Ajantha Mendis received the Sri Lankan order of Bantu, the highest civilian honour in Sri Lanka.