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10 Facts about Angelo Mathews: The Lankan Lion

Angelo Mathews
Ajantha Mendis and Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka celebrate winning the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 Final between India and Sri Lanka at Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur Stadium on April 6, 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Long before Angelo Mathews even flirted with the idea of captaincy, the Sri Lankan cricket board had already made up their mind. He was going to be their golden boy, the man who was going to take the islanders through a transition that they expected was going to go smoothly. That said, we take a quick look at Angelo Mathews on his birthday.

1. Birth:

Angelo Davis Mathews was born on the 2nd of June 1987 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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2. Early cricket career:

Mathews has featured in almost all junior levels for Sri Lanka. Mathews made his List A debut for Sri Lanka Under-23s against New Zealand A at Police Park Ground, Colombo in September 2005.

3. U19 World Cup:

Mathews was the captain of the Sri Lanka side that featured in the U19 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

4. The man who had it all:

Angelo Mathews was an all-rounder, a man who had it all. Apart from this, he boasted of a robust batting technique, nagging consistency with the ball, and athleticism in the field, and an imperturbable temperament.

5. Captaincy:

Angelo Mathews was handed the captaincy following the conclusion of the 2011 World Cup where Kumar Sangakkara stepped down. With Mahela Jayawardene also declining the role, Angelo Mathews was bestowed with the role.

6. A leader among men:

Angelo Mathews became the youngest skipper of the Sri Lankan cricket team, taking over at the tender age of 25.

7. Solidity in batting:

A wristy player with a fantastic and sound technique, Angelo Mathews was the best of the lot at one point. In spite of the fact that his ability to play the long innings has seen him become a blaster, one who adds the quick runs towards the end of the innings. While he may be an athletic figure in the field, Mathews is one of the best batsmen in Sri Lanka at the moment.

8. Personal Life:

Angelo Mathews is a Roman Catholic and was born in Colombo. 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.

9. The bad luck pony:

Each time Angelo Mathews gets a big score, the Lankans lose or draw the match. His 160 at Headingley in the Test match against England was perhaps the only time the Lankans have won after he has smashed a century.

10. The Malinga affair:

Sri Lanka won the first ODI against the Aussies at Adelaide courtesy of some fantastic batting from Angelo Mathews. Chasing 242, the Lankans were reeling at 8-107 when Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga came into bat. Together they added 132 runs as the Lankans went on to clinch an exciting 1-wicket win. The record remains to this day as ‘The Highest 9th wicket partnership’.

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