Kusal Mendis is a Sri Lankan cricketer who also captained them in various matches of the 2023 ODI World Cup. He is recognised as one of the best batsmen in Sri Lanka in the early 2020s.
Balapuwaduge Kusal Gimhan Mendis (popularly known as Kusal Mendis) was born on Thursday, 2 February 1995 (age 28 years; as of 2023) in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. His zodiac sign is Aquarius. His first cricket coach was Jayalath Apoonsu who passed away in November 2020.
He did his schooling at Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa, Colombo where he played for school teams and later became a professional cricketer.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 42″, Waist 32″, Biceps 14″
He belongs to a middle-class family.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Dinesh Mendis, an autorickshaw driver, and his mother’s name is Maheshika Shivanthi. He has a younger brother named Omesh Mendis, a domestic cricketer, and a sister named Dilki Mendis who is married to Nipun Oshada De Silva.
Wife & Children
He got married to Nishelle Fernandz on 12 February 2021 in Colombo. Nishelle is around 2 years younger than Kusal Mendis as she was born on 18 May 1997.
The couple has a daughter named Heyli (also spelt as Hailey) who was born on 20 June 2022 at the Ninewells Hospital (Pvt) Ltd. in Colombo.
Kusal Mendis met Nishelle Fernandz for the first time at a church during his teen years. They later developed a friendship, and she later became his girlfriend.
He follows Christianity.
Kusal Mendis played for his school team, Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa from 2010 to 2012 and for Sri Lanka Cricket Development Under-16s in the 2011-12 season.
In the 2013-14 season, Mendis played for The Rest, Moors Sports Club, and Moors Sports Club Under-23. He played for Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club in the Sri Lanka Club Championship and for Southgate in the Middlesex League in the 2014-15 season. He represented Sri Lanka Emerging Players, Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI, Kurunegala Warriors, Commercial Credit, and Sri Lanka Board President’s XI in the 2015-16 season.
He played for Colombo Cricket Club from 2015 to 2021, Dambulla District in the 2017-18 season, Galle District in the 2018-19 season, Mohammedan Sporting Club in the 2020-21 season, Colombo District in the 2021-22 season, Sinhalese Sports Club and Sri Lanka Reds in 2022.
Sri Lanka Under-19 & Under-23
He started playing for the Sri Lanka Under-19 and Under-23 teams in 2013 and captained them in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup.
Kusal Mendis made his test debut on 22 October 2015 against West Indies at P Sara Oval, Colombo and scored 13 runs in the first innings and 39 runs in the second innings. In May 2016, during the test against England, he scored his first test fifty with 53 runs during the second innings. In July 2016, he made his first test century with 176 runs in the second innings against Australia.
In the 2018 calendar year, he scored 1023 runs at an average of 46.50 with 3 hundreds and 4 fifties; he also took most catches (21) in the test matches in 2018. In April 2023, he made his first test double hundred with 245 runs against Ireland.
He played his debut ODI match on 16 June 2016 against Ireland at The Village, Dublin and made his maiden ODI fifty with 51 runs. On 28 March 2017, he scored his first ODI century with 102 runs against Bangladesh.
ODI World Cups
He played 7 matches in the 2019 ODI World Cup held in England and scored 143 runs at an average of 20.43 and a strike rate of 67.14 with the highest score of 46 runs against England. In the 2023 ODI World Cup held in India, he scored 294 runs in 9 matches at an average of 32.67 and a strike rate of 113.95 with the highest score of 122 runs against Pakistan.
He made his T20I debut on 5 July 2016 against England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton and scored 21 runs. He scored his first T20I half-century on 15 February 2018 with 53 runs against Bangladesh. He was a member of the Sri Lanka team which won the 2022 Asia Cup.
T20 World Cups
In the 2022 T20 World Cup held in Australia, he stood out as the highest runscorer for Sri Lanka with 223 runs in 8 matches at an average of 31.86 and a strike rate of 142.95 with the highest score of 79 runs against the Netherlands.
Kusal Mendis was appointed as the captain of Sri Lanka during the 2023 ODI World Cup after Dasun Shanaka got injured; he captained them in 7 matches of the World Cup, winning 2 and losing 5.
He wears jersey number 13 for Sri Lanka during the international tournaments.
Lanka Premier League (LPL)
He played for Kandy Tuskers in the 2020 LPL season, the inaugural LPL season, and for Galle Gladiators in the 2021 LPL season and in the 2022 LPL season under Diamond A ($ 40,000; approx LKR 14 million) price category. In the 2023 LPL season, he was signed up by Dambulla Aura.
South African T20 (SA20) League
In September 2022, he was acquired by Pretoria Capitals for the 2022-23 SA20 season for R425,000 (approx. 8.925 million Sri Lankan rupees).