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Angelo Mathews

Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews with Sri Lanka U19 in 2006
Personal information
Full name
Angelo Davis Mathews
Born (1987-06-02) 2 June 1987 (age 36)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 112)4 July 2009 v Pakistan
Last Test2 February 2024 v Afghanistan
ODI debut (cap 137)31 December 2008 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI9 November 2023 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.69
T20I debut (cap 28)8 June 2009 v Australia
Last T20I18 January 2024 v Zimbabwe
T20I shirt no.69
Domestic team information
2009–2010Kolkata Knight Riders (squad no. 69)
2011–2013Pune Warriors India (squad no. 69)
2012Nagenahira Nagas (squad no. 69)
2015; 2017Delhi Daredevils (squad no. 69)
2018Lahore Qalandars (squad no. 69)
2020–2022Colombo Stars (squad no. 69)
2023-presentB-Love Kandy
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 109 226 87 162
Runs scored 7608 5916 1354 11725
Batting average 45.55 40.24 27.63 49.89
100s/50s 16/41 3/40 –/6 31/57
Top score 200* 139* 81* 270
Balls bowled 3948 5324 1139 6551
Wickets 33 126 45 63
Bowling average 54.06 32.61 30.06 47.2
5 wickets in innings 1 1
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 4/44 6/20 3/16 5/47
Catches/stumpings 74/– 53/– 27/– 113/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Sri Lanka
ICC Cricket World Cup
Runner-up 2011 India–Bangladesh–Sri Lanka
ICC T20 World Cup
Winner 2014 Bangladesh
Runner-up 2009 England
Runner-up 2012 Sri Lanka
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 5 April 2024

Angelo Davis Mathews (Sinhala: ඇන්ජලෝ මැතිව්ස්; Tamil: அஞ்செலோ மத்தியூஸ்; born 2 June 1987) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain of the national cricket team in all formats. Mathews currently plays all formats for Sri Lanka.,[1][2] Mathews was a key member of the team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the team that made the finals of 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20. Mathews and Lasith Malinga hold the record for the highest ninth wicket partnership in ODI cricket.[3]

In July 2022, Mathews played in his 100th Test match for Sri Lanka. As captain, Mathews led his national team to be the winners of the 2014 Asia Cup. On 7 November 2023, Mathews became the first player in the history of international cricket to be declared timed out without facing a delivery, as it happened during a group stage match between Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh at the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India .[4][5][6]

Personal life

Mathews made his List A debut for Sri Lanka Under-23 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.[7] He later made his first-class debut for Colombo Cricket Club in November 2006.

Mathews was born in Colombo, to Tamil father Tyronne Mathews and Burgher mother Monica Mathews.[8][9] Mathews is Roman Catholic and was educated at St. Joseph's College, Colombo.[7]

Mathews is married to his long time partner, Heshanie Silva. The wedding reception was held on 18 July 2013 at Cinnamon Grand Hotel with the presence of former president Mahinda Rajapakse.[10][11] They have one son and one daughter.[12]

Domestic career

In the Indian Premier League cricket, he played for Delhi Daredevils in the 2017 Indian Premier League season. 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.[13]

In March 2018, he was named as the captain of Kandy's squad for the 2017–18 Super Four Provincial Tournament.[14][15] The following month, he was also named as the captain for Kandy's squad for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.[16]

In August 2018, he was named as the captain of Kandy's squad the 2018 SLC T20 League.[17] In October 2020, he was drafted by the Colombo Kings for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League.[18] In July 2022, he was signed by the Colombo Stars for the third edition of the Lanka Premier League.[19]

International career

Impressive start

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 batter in the Test side. However, for the balance of the team, he still plays as a batting allrounder in 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.[20][13]

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.

Angelo Mathews at Sydney Cricket Ground in October 2010

Angelo Mathews made his Test debut in Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, in 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.[21] 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.[21]

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 (200 off 428 balls) came in the first match vs Zimbabwe 2020.[20]

Captaincy in all formats (2013–2017)

Angelo Mathews as captain at the toss with Nick Knight

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.[22] However, short tenures of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene followed.[23][24][25][26] 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.[27]

Mathews became an important member of the 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 was in trouble when he came 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.[28]

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.[29] 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.[30]

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 on the losing side with a century made by Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Under the captaincy of Mathews, however, lost all the matches in the 5 ODI series against India in 2014. This is the largest loss by Sri Lanka in a bilateral series.[31]

The year 2014 was the limelight of Mathew's captaincy, where Sri Lanka won many bilateral ODI series and also the 2014 Asia Cup.[32] That year, he became the most successful ODI captain with 20 wins out of 32 matches and 62.50% of winning percentage.[33] For his performances in 2014, he was named as captain of the World Test XI by ICC.[34] He was also named in the Cricbuzz XI of the year.[35]

On 11 March 2015, during the last pool A match in 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, against Scotland, Mathews scored the fastest fifty by a Sri Lankan in World Cups, and third fastest ODI fifty by a Sri Lankan after Sanath Jayasuriya and Kusal Perera. His fifty came from just 20 balls, which includes five sixes and one four.[36]

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

Angelo Mathews batting

Mathews became the fourth Sri Lankan all-rounder to take 100 ODI wickets with more than 3000 ODI runs after Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, and Tillakaratne Dilshan. He took his 100th ODI wicket by lbw of Mohammad Hafeez on 26 July 2015.[37]

On 8 March 2016, Mathews was appointed as the T20I captain as well, due to continuous injuries of Lasith Malinga.[38] On 17 August 2016, under Mathews' captaincy, Sri Lanka whitewashed Australia, which was at the Number 1 in Test rankings. This was the second time that Sri Lanka managed to Whitewash a major Test side in their history. Before that, West Indies who were led by Brian Lara were whitewashed in a three-test series in 2001,[39] and apart from that only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have been whitewashed.[40]

In July 2017, Sri Lanka lost a five-match home ODI series 3–2 against Zimbabwe. Matthews said the defeat was "one of the lowest points in my career"[41] and he stepped down as captain of the team in all three formats the following day.[42]

Post captaincy (2017)

On 4 December 2017 against India, Mathews scored his eighth test century. His century came during a tough time for Sri Lanka's innings, where he built the innings slowly with captain Dinesh Chandimal.[43] Finally Sri Lanka was able to drawn the match.

Mathews scored his second ODI hundred on 12 December 2017 at Mohali during the second ODI against India. However, his century was in vain due to the third double hundred of Rohit Sharma in the earlier innings and Sri Lanka was on a chase of a mammoth total of 392. With Mathews's unbeaten century, however, Sri Lanka crossed 250 after 10 ODI matches and finally lost the match by 141 runs.[44]

During the second T20I against India, Mathews pulled up a hamstring strain as he ran in to deliver the third ball of his third over. He left the field and did not come to bat as well. With medical treatments and news arrived, he will be out of cricket for at least two weeks.[45]

Captaincy second term (2018)

On 9 January 2018, Mathews was reappointed as the captain for Sri Lanka in One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals for the second time less than six months after he resigned from the position. He stepped down from captaincy at the end of the Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka in 2017 after the ODI loss. However, with many defeats in all formats in 2017, a new coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and a new selection committee handed over the limited-overs captaincy to Mathews for the second time.[2]

Things were not good for his captaincy, and Sri Lanka lost the first match for Zimbabwe in the Bangladesh tri-series. During the match, he suffered a knee injury and was ruled out from the rest of the ODI series.[46] Dinesh Chandimal captained the side and won the series as well. Initial news revealed that Mathews would recover for the Test series against Bangladesh, but he did not recover and hence dropped from the Test squad.[47] He also missed T20I series, where Chandimal appointed as the T20I captain.[48] This Bangladesh tour was the third-consecutive overseas tour Mathews withdrew from with a hamstring injury, having also done so in 2017 in South Africa and India. In 2016, he had missed a full tour of Zimbabwe with "multiple leg injuries" as well.[49]

In May 2018, he was one of 33 cricketers to be awarded a national contract by Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of the 2018–19 season.[50][51]

Mathews was sacked as the captain of the Sri Lankan ODI and T20 team in September 2018 after a disastrous 2018 Asia Cup campaign where Sri Lanka crashed out of the tournament after losing both their group matches against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Test captain Dinesh Chandimal was named as the replacement for Mathews to captain the limited-overs teams.[52][53]

As anchor man

During the first Test against New Zealand in late 2018, Mathews scored his ninth Test century. Mathews along with Kusal Mendis batted all over the fourth day, which was the fifth time that the Sri Lankan pair had done that in Test history. On the fifth day, they put on an unbeaten double-century partnership which overall lasted for 115 wicketless overs for New Zealanders.[54] With rain-interrupted, the match was ended in a draw.[55] The partnership of 246, was also Sri Lanka's highest for any wicket against New Zealand[56] and also Sri Lanka's highest in the second innings of a Test. It was the first time a Sri Lankan pair had added 200-plus runs in the second innings of a Test outside Asia.[57]

In the second Test, Mathews was injured with a hamstring trouble while he was batting with Chandimal. He was immediately sent for the medical scans and did not come to bat after tea.[58] Sri Lanka finally lost the match and series 1–0. He was ruled out of the ODI tour and upcoming Australian tour as well.[59]

In April 2019, he was named in Sri Lanka's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[60][61] After consecutive failures of 0,0, 9 with the bat in World Cup, Mathews regained his form during the pool match against England. He scored an unbeaten 85 runs to post a total of 232. With the bowling performance by veteran Malinga, Sri Lanka won the match by 20 runs.[62] During the match, Mathews scored his 12,000th international run for Sri Lanka.[63] During the match against West Indies on 1 July 2019, Mathews surprisingly requested to bowl the 48th over. He picked up the wicket of Nicolas Pooran who was on 118 and was all set to take the West Indies to victory. Mathews had not bowled for 8 months, even in the nets.[64] On 6 July 2019 against India, Mathews scored his third century, where all his three centuries now came against India.[65] However, Sri Lanka lost the match by 7 wickets.[66]

Mathews was included in the T20I series against India in January 2020. It was his first T20I appearance after 16 months.[67][68] He played in the third T20I on 10 January 2020 and started to ball as well. However, he finished with expensive figures of 38 runs in three overs without a wicket. With the bat, he scored 31 runs and Sri Lanka eventually lost the match and the series.[69]

On 22 January 2020, during the first test against Zimbabwe, Mathews scored his maiden double hundred.[70] He scored unbeaten 200 runs in 465 balls within 600 minutes in the middle.[71] His double hundred is recorded as the first double hundred scored by a Sri Lanka in five years after Sangakkara's double in 2015.[72] Finally Sri Lanka won the match by 10 wickets and Mathews won the man of the match award.[73] Sri Lanka was able to draw the second Test due to second innings unbeaten century by Kusal Mendis and sealed the series 1–0.[74] Mathews won the player of the series award becoming highest run-scorer in the series. Mathews scored 277 runs with a double hundred and one fifty at an average 138.50.[75]

During the third ODI against West Indies, Mathews delivered a match-winning bowling spell. He bowled all 10 overs in the match since way back in July 2015 due to the injury of premier pacer Nuwan Pradeep. He took 4 for 59 where he bowled the penultimate over to win the match for Sri Lanka by 6 runs. He won the Man of the Match award for a match-winning bowling performance.[76]

First test match of England tour of Sri Lanka 2021, Mathews scored his 6000 test runs. In the second innings, he scored his 36th test half-century. He scored 71 runs facing 219 balls and 344 minutes on the crease just hitting four boundaries. His patient innings helped to take a lead to Sri Lanka but England won the match by 7 wickets.[77]

Second test match of England tour of Sri Lanka 2021, Mathews scored his 11th test century. It was Mathews's first test ton on home soil since 2015 and his first test ton at Gall International Cricket Stadium. He scored 110 runs hitting 11 boundaries to put a big total to the team in the First innings. He is the highest run scorer for Sri Lanka in this series. But England won the match by 6 wickets and also won the series.[78]

Post Captaincy 2021-present

On 27 February 2021, Mathews was appointed as Sri Lanka's stand-in captain for the T20I series in the West Indies as the appointed captain Dasun Shanaka, delay in obtaining a US transit visa and travel with the team at the time.[79] Under Mathews captaincy, Sri Lanka managed to win only the second T20I, where West Indies won the series 2–1. In batting, he had a poor outing, where he scored 5, 13 and 11 in three matches. Meanwhile, after the first ODI in the series, he left the tour of West Indies immediately for personal reasons citing his daughter's critical health condition.[80][81]

On 15 May 2022, during the first test match against Bangladesh, Mathews scored his 12th test century. He dismissed for 199 runs while reaching his double century. Due to his innings match ended in a draw and Mathews later won the Player of the Match award for his performance.[82] He continued his good form into next match by scoring his 13th test century. He put 199 run partnership with Dinesh Chandimal and his unbeaten 145* helped put Sri Lanka into a strong position. Finally, Sri Lanka won the match by 10 wickets and Mathews won the Player of the Series award for his consistent performance. He was the highest run-scorer in the series scoring 344 runs including two centuries.[83] He was later voted as the ICC Men's Player of the Month for May 2022, becoming the first Sri Lankan to achieve the feat.[84]

In the Australian Test series in July 2022, Sri Lanka suffered a huge defeat, where the match ended in three days.[85] During the match, Mathews contracted COVID-19 and ruled out of the Test.[86] However, on 9 July 2022, he scored 52 runs in the first innings of the second Test against Australia.[87] Later Sri Lanka posted a total of 554 courtesy of Chandimal's double hundred. Finally, Sri Lanka won the match by an innings and 39 runs, marking Sri Lanka's first-ever innings victory in Test cricket against Australia.[88]

In July 2022, in the second match against Pakistan, Matthews played in his 100th Test.[89] In March 2023, in the first match against New Zealand, he became the third Sri Lankan cricketer to complete 7000 test runs. And this match he completed 14000 international runs across all formats. In second innings Mathews scored his 14th Test Century against New Zealand at Hagley Oval.

On the 27th of May, the second test match against Ireland, Mathews scored his 15th test century. He scored unbeaten 100 runs from 114 balls hitting six boundaries and four sixes. Finally, Sri Lanka won the match and won the series.[90] On 24th Oct 2023 In a significant development for Sri Lanka's World Cup campaign, Mathews was drafted into the squad for the injured Matheesha Pathirana.[91]

During the T20I series against Zimbabwe in January 2024, Mathews made match winning all-round performances with both bat and ball, where Sri Lanka won the series 2–1. Mathews was finally named as the player of the series.[92] On 3 February 2024 against Afghanistan, Mathews scored his 16th test century, where he made 232 for the fourth wicket along with Dinesh Chandimal, who also made his 15th test century. With the century, Mathews became the fourth-equal on the Sri Lankan all-time century makers list, alongside Tillakaratne Dilshan, Marvan Atapattu, and Dimuth Karunaratne.[93] With the two centuries, Sri Lanka piled a total of 439 and eventually won the one-off test series by 10 wickets.[94]

In the second T20I against Afghanistan, Mathews made match winning performance with both bat and ball. He scored rapid unbeaten 42 in 22 balls and took 2 wickets for 9 runs, where Sri Lanka won the match by 72 runs and sealed the series 2-0 with one game to spare.[95] Mathews won the man of the match award for his performances.[96]

Timed out dismissal

On 6 November 2023, during Sri Lanka's World Cup match against Bangladesh, during the 25th over of the Sri Lankan batting innings, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan appealed to the umpire Marais Erasmus, indicating that Mathews had arrived late to the crease since the fall of the last wicket of previous batter Sadeera Samarawickrama. Erasmus twice asked Shakib if he wished to proceed with the appeal, which Shakib confirmed, and Erasmus duly dismissed Mathews timed out.[97][98][99] The appeal caused confusion in the field for some time with Mathews and Shakib caught in heated exchange over the decision.[100]

Mathews tried to convince both Shakib Al Hasan and the on-field umpires that he had arrived to the crease within the time limit but wasn't ready to face the bowler because of the breaking of his helmet strap, in what he described as an "equipment malfunction." Mathews had tightened his helmet which caused the chin strap to break. He had then sought a replacement helmet, causing him to not be ready to face the first ball within the time limit.[101] Shakib refused to withdraw the appeal and Mathews showed his dissent towards the decision of the on-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Marais Erasmus.[102]

Shakib complained that Mathews was not ready to face his first delivery within the two minutes as per the competition rules. It was later reported that the two-minute time limit had already elapsed before the helmet strap was broken.[103] This was in violation of Law 40.1.1, stating that "after the fall of a wicket or the retirement of a batter, the incoming batter must, unless time has been called, be ready to receive the ball, or for the other batter to be ready to receive the next ball within 3 minutes of the dismissal or retirement",[104] although the ICC's playing conditions for the World Cup supersede this by stating the batter must be ready in two minutes rather than three.[105]

Mathews became the first player in an international cricket match of any format to be dismissed timed out.[106][107] The dismissal was heavily criticized by many, including Bangladesh fast bowling coach Allan Donald.[108]


With three legends (Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Dilshan) retiring from international cricket, the team had a rough time in many bilateral series in all formats. They also lost the Asia Cup, World T20 and Champions Trophy very cheaply and moved down to 8 and 7 places in the rankings as well. With all these, Bangladesh toured Sri Lanka and drew all formats, whereas Zimbabwe also recorded their first series win against Sri Lanka and the captaincy of Mathews was criticized for many reasons for their losses. Though he was injured several times in his captaincy career and replaced by Upul Tharanga in many winning notes, reporters suggested that Mathews would not captain until 2019 Cricket World Cup.[109][110]

Mathews was highly criticized for his running between the wickets. Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusinghe stated that Mathews has been involved in more than 64 run-outs in the past two years, more than the second worst. Out of those 64, about 45 times, the batter at the other end got out,[111] where Hathurusinghe suggested that it is a world record.[112] Hathurusingha and the selectors contended that Mathews lacked the "cricket fitness" to field for 50 overs, then run between the wickets effectively. Under Mathews's captaincy, Sri Lanka exited early from 2018 Asia Cup, where he was involved in three more runouts in the same fashion.[113][114] Therefore, immediately after the series, he was removed from the limited over captaincy and also from the limited over squad for England home series.[115]


On 7 July 2021, Mathews announced that he is considering to retire from across all formats of international cricket as he had not signed the tour contract with SLC for the limited overs series against India and he complained of the unethical treatment by the management regarding the senior players in the team.[116][117][118] His decision is mainly due to the pay dispute with the Sri Lanka Cricket Board and also due to the intentions of SLC to axe several senior players from the national team in the limited overs matches to nurture and give opportunities to the youngsters with the 2023 World Cup on focus.[119][120][121]

Beyond cricket

In July 2021, he announced that he was interested in taking major responsibility for finding donors for a social welfare project titled "Little Hearts" which is also a national fundraising project being initiated in order to build a Cardiac and Critical Care Complex at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children which is situated in Colombo.[122][123] He was inspired to involve with Little Hearts fundraiser after acknowledging about the way the doctors and nurses had treated his daughter who was admitted at LRH hospital for sickness.[124]

Other interests

Mathews is also a noted fitness enthusiast and motivational speaker. He often posts fitness videos with motivational quotes on his Instagram and other Social Media.[125]

Records and statistics

  • Highest ninth wicket partnership – 132 by Angelo Mathews (77) and Lasith Malinga (56) against Australia in November 2010.[28][3]
  • Most wins as a captain in ODI in the year 2014 (won 20 & lost 12 out of 32 matches, winning percentage-62.50)[33]



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