KUSAL MENDIS

RHB, Wicket-keeper

ABC Cricket - - PROFILES -

A promis­ing stroke-maker fast-tracked into the Test side after lit­tle more than a dozen first-class in­nings, Mendis made an im­pres­sion when he be­came the sec­ond-youngest player to make a 150-plus score against Aus­tralia with his 176 in Pallekele. He was hailed as the suc­ces­sor to Ma­hela Jayawar­dene, but a lean stretch saw him dropped for a tour of In­dia in late 2017, to no small con­tro­versy. Mendis made his way back into the team in 2018, an­nounc­ing his re­turn with a near-dou­ble cen­tury against Bangladesh.

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