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Balapuwaduge Manukulasuriya Amith Jeevan Mendis (Sinhala: ජීවන් මෙන්ඩිස්; born 15 January 1983) is a Sri Lankan professional cricketer, who plays limited over internationals. An all-rounder who bowls leg spin, Mendis has represented Sri Lanka in the 2012 World Twenty20 and 2015 World Cup. Domestically, he plays for Tamil Union in Sri Lanka, and he has also played for Derbyshire in England during 2017.

Jeevan Mendis
ජීවන් මෙන්ඩිස්
Personal information
Full nameBalapuwaduge Manukulasuriya Amith Jeevan Mendis
Born (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 (age 36)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
BowlingLeg break
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 145)1 June 2010 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI1 June 2019 v New Zealand
T20I debut (cap 38)25 July 2011 v England
Last T20I16 March 2018 v Bangladesh
T20I shirt no.88
Domestic team information
2008–presentTamil Union
2010Dhaka Division
2012Basnahira Cricket Dundee
2012Sydney Sixers
2013Delhi Daredevils
2014Yaal Blazers
2014Barbados Tridents
2015, 2017Chittagong Vikings
2016Barisal Bulls
2018–presentTshwane Spartans
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 56 22 161 206
Runs scored 618 208 7,769 3,407
Batting average 19.31 18.91 35.80 23.82
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 21/35 0/16
Top score 72 43* 206* 99*
Balls bowled 1,344 210 16,750 5,532
Wickets 28 12 352 153
Bowling average 40.89 20.75 27.31 28.53
5 wickets in innings 0 0 17 2
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 2 n/a
Best bowling 3/15 3/24 6/37 5/12
Catches/stumpings 13/– 7/– 125/– 69/1
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 1 June 2019


Youth careerEdit

Mendis was born in Colombo and went to S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia. A left-handed batsman, he debuted in 2000/01 and the following season captained the Under-19 team to victory in a one-day game. He represented the Sri Lankan A side in 2005. He held the best bowling figures in U19 Cricket World Cup history where he recorded 7/20 v Zimbabwe U19's until his record was surpassed by Australia's Jason Ralston (7/19) at the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, which was then surpassed in the same tournament by Ralston's compatriot Lloyd Pope (who took 8/35).[1] He is the only Sri Lankan to pick up a 7 wicket haul in a U19 ODI.[2][3]

Domestic careerEdit

In Sri Lankan domestic cricket, Mendis has played for Tamil Union since the 2008–09 season. During the first half of the 2017 season, he is playing for Derbyshire in England as an overseas player.[4]

In March 2018, he was named in Kandy's squad for the 2017–18 Super Four Provincial Tournament.[5][6] The following month, he was also named in Kandy's squad for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.[7]

In August 2018, he was named in Colombo's squad the 2018 SLC T20 League.[8] In December 2018, in the 2018–19 Premier League Tournament, he took the best bowling figures in 2018 in a first-class cricket match, with 9 for 53 from 29 overs.[9] He was the leading wicket-taker for Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club in the tournament, with 30 dismissals in five matches.[10]

In March 2019, he was named in Dambulla's squad for the 2019 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.[11]

International careerEdit

He debuted in the Zimbabwe Triangular series in the 3rd Match on 1 June 2010. He did not get any opportunity to bat as his number didn't come up, but he bowled 4 overs, giving 12 runs, and took two wickets. He got a chance to bat in his second ODI and scored a decent 35 off 35 balls. He has also played for Dhaka Dynamites in Bangladesh's NCL T20 Bangladesh.

In the opening match of T20 World Cup 2012 against Zimbabwe at Hambantota, he came to the crease at 82/3 after 11.3 overs and scored a 43* from 30 balls, hitting 4 fours and a six and scripted a game-changing 49 ball 94 runs partnership with Kumar Sangakkara (44 off 26 balls) to help his side reach 182/4. With the ball, he took 3/24 from his 4 overs and ably assisted spin partner Ajantha Mendis, who took a record 6/8 from his 4 overs.

Jeevan Mendis
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing   Sri Lanka
Asian Games
  2014 Incheon Team

After three years of break in international arena, Mendis was surprisingly picked up for the Twenty20 International series against Bangladesh in February 2018.[12] He played his comeback match on 15 February 2018 and took two wickets for just 21 runs. Sri Lanka won the match by 6 wickets.[13]

In April 2019, he was named in Sri Lanka's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[14][15]

T20 franchise cricketEdit

In October 2018, he was named in Tshwane Spartans' squad for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament.[16][17] He was the joint-leading wicket-taker for the team in the tournament, with sixteen dismissals in nine matches.[18]


  1. ^ "Jason Ralston claims best bowling figures at ICC U-19 World Cup". The Indian Express. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  2. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  3. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Jeevan Mendis: Derbyshire sign Sri Lanka all-rounder". BBC Sport. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Cricket: Mixed opinions on Provincial tournament". Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 26 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  6. ^ "All you need to know about the SL Super Provincial Tournament". Daily Sports. 26 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  7. ^ "SLC Super Provincial 50 over tournament squads and fixtures". The Papare. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ "SLC T20 League 2018 squads finalized". The Papare. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Jeevan Mendis picks up record breaking 9/53". The Papare. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Premier League Tournament Tier A, 2018/19 - Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Squads, Fixtures announced for SLC Provincial 50 Overs Tournament". The Papare. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Sri Lanka pick Asitha for T20 series, Jeevan Mendis returns". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  13. ^ "1st T20I (N), Sri Lanka Tour of Bangladesh at Dhaka, Feb 15 2018". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Thirimanne, Siriwardana, Vandersay picked in World Cup squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Jeevan Mendis, Siriwardana, Vandersay make comebacks in Sri Lanka World Cup squad". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Mzansi Super League - full squad lists". Sport24. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Mzansi Super League Player Draft: The story so far". Independent Online. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Mzansi Super League, 2018/19 - Tshwane Spartans: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 December 2018.

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