Ajantha Mendis was born on 11 March 1985 in Moratuwa known as Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslow Mendis is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer who plays for ODIs, Tests and T20’s for Sri Lankan national cricket team. He is also known as the “mystery spinner” because of the unusual bowling action and widely considered as one of the best Twenty20 bowlers in the world arena.
Mendis made his first One-Day International appearance 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 in Colombo on 23 July 2008 in which he backed match figures of 8–132, as a result of that becoming the first Sri Lankan bowler to get an eight-wicket drag on Test debut. Mendis won the appearing Player of the Year award at the LG ICC Awards ceremony held in Dubai in September 2008.
On 3 March 2009, the bus which transported 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 got burnt at by masked gunmen. Mendis was with seven Sri Lankan cricketers who were got hurt in the attack, which killed five policemen who guarded the bus.
Until February 2017, he was the only bowler to have taken six wickets in a Twenty20 International, and he has attained the feat twice, getting 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 got the Sri Lankan order of Bantu, the highest civilian honor in Sri Lanka.
He was bringing up Catholic. During a cricket coaching class, Mendis’ talents were initially recognized by the school coach named Mr. Lucky Rogers back in the year 1998 when he was just 13. In the year 2000, he played for the school under 15 cricket team and he was chosen to the first eleven team. He also replaced for the school team captain. This slow medium bowler with a form of leg spin was adjudged the Best Bowler at the big-matches twice in 2001 and 2002.
He enlisted that his father the bread-winner for the family had died the week before because of a heart attack. He has an elder brother and a sister. He is the third child in his siblings. He tied a knot with Yoshini Mendis in 2011. This couple has a son named Ayaan Mendis.
Sri Lanka Artillery Cricket Committee observed his talents when he played a cricket match against the Army under 23 Division 11 during 2003/2004 tournaments. As a result of this, he was invited to enroll in the regular force of the Sri Lanka Army, this was particularly because of the low number of cricketers from Colombo schools joining the Army in the recent years.
Due to basic training, he played for the army team and saw active military service as a Gunner in the Sri Lanka Artillery, a unit of the Sri Lanka Army. Due to the Asia Cup final, he has been encouraged to the rank of Sergeant on 7 July 2008 and the next day commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.
Test debut vs. India at Sinhalese Sports Club, Jul 23, 2008
Last Test vs. South Africa at Sinhalese Sports Club, Jul 24, 2014
ODI debut vs. West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval, Apr 10, 2008
Last ODI vs. New Zealand at Hagley Oval, Dec 26, 2015
T20 debut vs. Zimbabwe at Maple Leaf North-West Ground, Oct 10, 2008
Last T20 vs. England at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Mar 27, 2014
IPL debut vs. Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla, May 22, 2008
Last IPL vs. Mumbai Indians at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, May 11, 2013
He has earned his basic education at St Anthony’s College at Kadalana in his village where there were no provisions at all for sports. Later on he entered Moratuwa Maha Vidyalaya in the year of 2000.
Ajantha Mendis Net Worth
Ajantha Mendis comes in one of the richest cricketer categories. Ajantha Mendis’s total net worth is approximate $4.2 million US dollars as of 2017. Such an excellent net worth has brought to him by international and domestic cricket.
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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. These are his major teams in which he is playing his role as a cricketer.
As a batsman he has proven to be a useful tailender, scoring one Test fifty. One day he can be unplayable, the next day he would dish out buffet balls.