Kamindu Mendis, born on September 30, 1998, is a professional cricketer from Sri Lanka who represents the national team and Colombo Cricket Club in domestic cricket. He is widely known for his ambidextrous bowling ability, having the capability to bowl with both his right and left arms during the same over. Mendis made his international debut for the Sri Lankan cricket team in October 2018.
Mendis discovered his ambidextrous talent at the age of 13 while playing cricket for Richmond College in Galle. He made his List A debut in November 2015 during the AIA Premier Limited Over Tournament. The following month, he was selected to represent Sri Lanka in the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. In December 2016, he was appointed as the captain of the Sri Lankan Under-19 squad and led them in the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
His skills were recognized at the domestic level as well. Mendis was included in Colombo’s squads for various tournaments, including the Super Four Provincial Tournament, the Super Provincial One Day Tournament, and the 2018 SLC T20 League. He made his Twenty20 debut for Colombo in August 2018.
In November 2018, Mendis made his first-class debut for the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club in the Premier League Tournament. He continued to excel in domestic cricket, featuring in Colombo’s squad for the 2019 Super Provincial One Day Tournament and emerging as the leading wicket-taker in the 2019-20 Invitation Limited Over Tournament.
His talent was sought after in franchise leagues, and in October 2020, he was drafted by the Kandy Tuskers for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League. Mendis was named the vice-captain of the SLC Greens team for the 2021 SLC Invitational T20 League and later selected to play for the Kandy Warriors in the 2021 Lanka Premier League. In July 2022, he signed with the Kandy Falcons for the third edition of the Lanka Premier League.
The latest development in Mendis’s career is his selection for the B-Love Kandy team in the 2023 Lanka Premier League. This opportunity further highlights his growing reputation and skill as a cricketer. As he joins the B-Love Kandy team, fans anticipate witnessing his ambidextrous bowling and overall contribution to the team’s success in the tournament.