Angelo Mathews

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Angelo Mathews
ඇන්ජෙලෝ මැතිව්ස්
அஞ்செலோ மத்தியூஸ்
Angelo Mathews.jpg
Angelo Mathews at Sydney Cricket Ground in October 2010
Personal information
Full name Angelo Davis Mathews
Born (1987-06-02) 2 June 1987 (age 27)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nickname Kaluwa, Angie
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Batting all-rounder
Relations Heshani Silva (wife) (m.2013)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 112) 4 July 2009 v Pakistan
Last Test 7 January 2015 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 137) 31 December 2008 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 18 March 2015 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
2010 Kolkata Knight Riders
2012–2013 Pune Warriors India
2012 Nagenahira Nagas
2015–present Delhi Daredevils
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 46 156 81 205
Runs scored 3,193 3,783 5,868 4,775
Batting average 51.50 40.24 51.18 37.30
100s/50s 4/20 1/26 13/31 1/36
Top score 160 139* 270 139*
Balls bowled 2,556 4,413 5,087 5,354
Wickets 23 97 53 128
Bowling average 55.26 34.77 45.92 31.56
5 wickets in innings 0 1 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/44 6/20 5/47 6/20
Catches/stumpings 24/– 37/– 49/– 61–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 18 March 2015

Angelo Davis Mathews (Sinhalese: ඇන්ජෙලෝ ඩේවිස් මැතිව්ස්; born 2 June 1987) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and current captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team for both Test and One Day International (ODI) formats.[1] Mathews, a lower-order batting allrounder, is known for his compact batting technique and consistent fast-medium bowling.[2]

He was a key member of the Lankan team that won the 2014 World Twenty20 championship and was part of the team that made the final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup and 2012 World Twenty20 championship.

International debut[edit]

Mathews made his List A debut for Sri Lanka Under-23s against New Zealand A at Police Park Ground, Colombo in September, 2005. He captained the Sri Lankan cricket team in the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka.[3] He later made his first-class debut for Colombo Cricket Club in November, 2006.

Mathews began his international career in late-2008 with ambitions of becoming a genuine allrounder, but has since given primacy to his batting (to diminish his workload and avoid injuries), and effectively plays as a specialist batsman in the Test side. However, for the balance of the team, he still plays as a batting allrounder in the limited overs cricket. A more than useful strike rate of 84.06 has made him a damaging prospect in the final overs of the Sri Lankan innings.[2][4]

He made his international debut in a One Day International against Zimbabwe in November 2008 and made his Test debut against Pakistan at Galle in July, 2009.

Test career[edit]

Angelo Mathews made his Test debut in Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2009. The Test also marked the debuts of Abdur Rauf, Mohammad Amir and Saeed Ajmal. He scored his maiden half-century in the third Test of the series, played at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo. His maiden ton came against Australia in September, 2011 in the same venue.[5] Mathews has an average record in Tests in countries such as Australia, South Africa and India, but up to now he has had limited opportunities to improve on it. His brilliant records at home and in countries like England and UAE make up for that. Two of his four centuries came in England – against a high quality pace attack consisting of James Anderson and Stuart Broad – in the famous Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland, 2014. He has also flourished with the added responsibility of captaincy, averaging 86.62 in 13 matches.[5]

In February 2013, Mathews became Sri Lanka's youngest ever Test captain at 25, after having been groomed for the post for two years. He captained the Lankan team in its monumental Test series win in England (2014). His highest Test score (160 of 249 balls) also came in the second match of the series played at Headingley, Leeds.[2]

Captaincy (2013– present)[edit]

Angelo Mathews Captaincy

After Kumar Sangakkara stepped down as ODI captain following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Mathews was widely tipped to be Sri Lanka's next limited overs captain.[6] However, short tenures of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene followed.[7][8][9][10] After Sri Lanka's loss in the final of the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, the skipper Jayawardene stepped down as captain of the T20I side. Later that month, Mathews was appointed as the T20I captain with Lasith Malinga as his deputy.[1] In February 2013 Mathews was eventually named as ODI and Test captain succeeding Jayawardene.[11]

Mathews became an important member in Sri Lanka One Day team during the Sri Lanka tour of Australia in 2010/11. At the first match, on 3 November 2010, Mathews scored a magnificent match winning 77* runs with a partnership with Lasith Malinga, who also scored his only half-century. Sri Lanka were in trouble when he come into the crease, but finally won the match. In this match, Mathews along with Malinga, recorded the highest ninth wicket partnership in ODI history by scoring 132 runs for the ninth wicket.[12]

Mathews hit back-to-back centuries against England at Lord’s and Headingley to seal Sri Lanka’s first-ever Test series win in England. Under him, Sri Lanka also won the ODI series 3 – 2. The England tour was followed by a 2 – 0 win over Pakistan at home, where Mathews and his team ensured a winning send-off for Mahela Jayawardene from Tests.[13]

Under the captaincy of Mathews, Sri Lanka won 2014 Asia Cup competition held at Bangladesh. In the final, they beat Pakistan by 5 wickets and won their fifth title in Asia Cup history.[14]

On 16 November 2014, Mathews scored his first ODI century against India at Ranchi. He hit four boundaries and ten huge sixes, but finally ended up in the losing side by century made by Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Under the captaincy of Mathews, however, lost all the matches in 5 ODI series against India in 2014. This is the largest lost by Sri Lanka in a bilateral series.[15]

On 11 March 2015, during the last pool A match in 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, against Scotland, Mathews scored the second fastest fifty by a Sri Lankan in ODIs, after Sanath Jayasuriya. His fifty came from just 20 balls, where it includes 5 sixes and 1 four.[16]

Mathews was able to bring the team to quarter finals under his captaincy, where they lost the quarter final against South Africa on 18 March 2015. This defeat was Sri Lanka's first lost in World Cups after 2003, without reaching for the semi finals.

Angelo Mathews batting

T20 career[edit]

In the Indian Premier League cricket, he currently plays for Delhi Daredevils. He is one of the most sought out players in the Premier League world, having been bought by the Pune Warriors for US $950,000.[4] In 2015,he was sold to Delhi Daredevils in IPL Auction at a price tag of Rs.7.5 Crores.

Personal life[edit]

Mathews was born in Colombo, to Tamil[citation needed] father Tyronne Mathews and Burgher[citation needed] mother Monica Mathews. Like Chaminda Vaas, the famous Sri Lankan bowler (1994–2009), Mathews had his formal education in St. Joseph's College, Colombo.[3]

Mathews is married to his longtime partner, Heshani Silva. The wedding reception was held on 18 July 2013 at Cinnamon Grand Hotel with the presence of former president Mahinda Rajapakse.[17][18]

Product and brand endorsements[edit]

Angelo Mathews endorses the following products.


  • Highest ninth wicket partnership – 132 by Angelo Mathews (77) and Lasith Malinga (56) against Australia on November 2010.[12]
  • Most wins in year 2014 as a captain - Under the captaincy of Mathews, Sri Lanka won 20 ODI matches, lost 12 out of 32 matches and winning percentage is 62.50[22]
  • Mathews was one of five Wisdon Cricketers of year 2015.[23]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

No. Runs scored Opponent Batting position Innings Test Venue H/A/N Date Result Ref
1 105*  Australia 6 1 3/3 SSC, Colombo Home 16 September 2011 Drawn [24]
2 157*  Pakistan 6 2 1/3 Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi Away 3 January 2014 Drawn [25]
3 102  England 6 1 1/2 Lord's, London Away 15 June 2014 Drawn [26]
4 160  England 6 2 2/2 Headingley, Leeds Away 23 June 2014 Won [27]

ODI centuries[edit]

No. Runs scored Opponent Batting position Venue H/A/N Date Result Ref
1 139*  India 5 JSCA International Cricket Stadium,Ranchi Away 16 November 2014 Lost [28]

International 5 wicket hauls[edit]

ODI 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 6/20 12  India R.Premadasa Stadium Colombo Sri Lanka 2009

Career best performances[edit]

Mathews's career best performances
Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Score Fixture Venue Season
FC 270 Basnahira North v Kandurata Colombo (SSC) 2009 5–47 Colts v Chilaw Marians Colombo (Colts) 2008
LA 81 Sri Lankans v Worcestershire Worcester 2011 6–20 Sri Lanka v India Colombo (RPS) 2009
T20 73* Nagenahira Nagas v Uva Next Colombo (RPS) 2012 4–19 Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata 2010


ODI Awards[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance
1 Zimbabwe Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur 12 January 2009 52* (96 balls: 1x4, 2x6); 6–0–19–1
2 India R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 12 September 2009 19 (37 balls: 1x4); 6–0–20–6
3 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 3 November 2010 DNB; 77* (84 balls: 8x4, 1x6);
4 Pakistan R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 18 June 2012 10–0–41–0; 80* (76 balls: 4x4, 2x6);
5 India JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi 16 November 2014 7–1–33–2; 139* (141 balls: 6x4, 10x6);

T20I Awards[edit]

Man of the Match Awards[edit]

# Series Venue Match Performance Result
1 India Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet 11 May 2010 3–0–29–0; 46 (37 balls: 3x4, 2x6);
2 Netherlands Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong 24 March 2014 4–0–16–3;
3 West Indies Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka 3 April 2014 1–0–4–0; 40 (23 balls: 3x4, 2x6);

One Day International half-centuries[edit]

ODI half-centuries of Angelo Mathews
Runs Match Against City/country Venue Year
[1] 52* 3  Zimbabwe Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium 2009
[2] 51 11  New Zealand Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 2009
[3] 52 15  England Johannesburg, South Africa New Wanderers Stadium 2009
[4] 75 19  India Bulawayo, Zimababwe Queens Sports Club 2010
[5] 55* 21  Pakistan Dambulla, Sri Lanka Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium 2010
[6] 77* 30  Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 2010
[7] 62 48  England Manchester, England Old Trafford 2011
[8] 61 58  Pakistan Abu Dhabi, UAE Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2011
[9] 64 67  Australia Perth, Australia Western Australia Cricket Association Ground 2012
[10] 80* 76  Pakistan Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 2012
[11] 71* 79  India Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 2012
[12] 54* 83  New Zealand Kandy, Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 2012
[13] 67 90  Australia Hobart, Australia Bellerive Oval 2013
[14] 51 97  India Cardiff, England Sophia Gardens 2013
[15] 55* 98  West Indies Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 2013
[16] 74* 106  New Zealand Hambantota, Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium 2013
[17] 56* 115  Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium 2014
[18] 55* 117  Pakistan Fatullah, Bangladesh Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium 2014
[19] 74* 120  Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium 2014
[20] 58 130  South Africa Hambantota, Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium 2014
[21] 89 131  Pakistan Hambantota, Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium 2014
[22] 93 132  Pakistan Hambantota, Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium 2014
[23] 92* 135  India Ahmedabad, India Sardar Patel Stadium 2014
[24] 75 137  India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 2014
[25] 51 142  England Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 2014
[26] 51 155  Scotland Hobart, Tasmania Bellerive Oval 2015

T20I Cricket Half-Centuries[edit]

T20I half-centuries of Angelo Mathews
Runs Balls Against City/country Venue Year
[1] 58 45  England Gros Islet, St. Lucia Beausejour Stadium 2010
[2] 50 34  Pakistan Dubai, UAE Dubai International Cricket Stadium 2013


  1. ^ a b "Mathews takes over as Sri Lanka's T20 captain". Wisden India. 24 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Angelo Mathews (Player Profile)- ESPN Cricnifo
  3. ^ a b Gunaratne, Rochelle Palipane (1 September 2009). "Angelo Mathews – A phenomenal inspiration!" (PDF). The Island. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Angelo Mathews (Player Profile) Cricket Australia
  5. ^ a b Angelo Mathews Statsguru
  6. ^ "Sri Lanka appoint new captain, Sangakkara not retained as Test skipper". Island Cricket. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Fit-again Angelo Mathews overlooked for vice-captaincy". Island Cricket. Archived from the original on 30 June 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Vice captain Kandamby dropped, Karunaratne to debut". Island Cricket. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Angelo Mathews named vice-captain : Malinga out of T-20s". The Island. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Jayawardene new SL captain". Sport24. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
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  13. ^ Gautam Bhattacharyya. Sri Lanka have found a new-age cricket leader in Angelo Mathews Gulf News August 28, 2014
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  19. ^ "Angelo Mathews Brand Ambassador For Samsung Mobile". 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  20. ^ "Angelo Mathew appointed as HP Brand Ambassador". 2011-02-01. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  21. ^ "Elephant House signs up Angelo Mathews as Brand Ambassador". 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
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  24. ^ "Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 2011, 3rd Test: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (SSC), Mar 16–20, 2013". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of United Arab Emirates, 2013/14, 1st Test: Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, 31 Dec 2013– 4 Jan 2014". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland, 1st Investec Test: England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jun 12–16, 2014". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland, 2nd Investec Test: England v Sri Lanka at Leeds, Jun 20–24, 2014". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
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Preceded by
Mahela Jayawardene
Sri Lankan national cricket captain (Tests & ODIs)
Succeeded by