Angelo Mathews – Sri Lanka’s Finest
Describe Angelo Mathews in just one word? Superstar!
In this article, we will explore the career of Angelo Mathews. He is statistically the most successful Sri Lankan batsman of his generation
He has been arguably one of the finest Asian test batsmen throughout his eleven-year test career. Angelo Mathews made his test debut on in July 2009 vs Pakistan in Galle.
Angelo Mathews – The Foreign Folk Hero
|NUMBERS IN SENA+WI TESTS FOR ASIAN MO BATSMEN SINCE ANGELO’S DEBUT (4-7)|
|VIRAT KOHLI||38(72)||3267||46.01||200||12 + 11|
|AJINKYA RAHANE||31(56)||2205||44.1||147||5 + 13|
|ANGELO MATHEWS||21(41)||1469||38.65||160||3 + 8|
|ASAD SHAFIQ||26(48)||1409||29.35||137||3 + 9|
|MISBAH UL HAQ||22(42)||1357||36.67||114||2+ 11|
|YOUNIS KHAN||17(31)||1126||37.53||218||3+ 4|
|MS DHONI||24(42)||1055||27.05||82||0+ 8|
Angelo Mathews sits third on the list of most test runs outside of Asia for Asian batsman, since he made his test match debut. He has scored a whopping 1469 runs at an average of just below 40. His 160 was mainly responsible for helping Sri Lanka win a test series in England in 2014.
|NUMBERS IN ALL AWAY TESTS FOR ALL MO BATSMEN SINCE HIS DEBUT(2000+ runs) (4-7)|
|VIRAT KOHLI||45(83)||3675||45.37||200||14 + 12|
|ROSS TAYLOR||38(69)||2740||44.19||290||5 + 16|
|YOUNIS KHAN||32(57)||2667||52.29||218||8 + 7|
|AJINKYA RAHANE||36(63)||2568||45.85||147||6 + 15|
|ASAD SHAFIQ||41(72)||2455||34.57||137||7 + 14|
|MICHAEL CLARKE||35(63)||2409||43.01||187||8 + 7|
|JOE ROOT||30(55)||2384||47.68||226||5 + 15|
|MISBAH UL HAQ||39(72)||2342||37.77||114||2 + 22|
|ANGELO MATHEWS||33(61)||2288||40.85||200||5 + 12|
|BEN STOKES||32(59)||2259||39.63||258||4 + 10|
|STEVE SMITH||23(42)||2139||54.84||211||6 + 11|
Angelo Mathews is the only Sri Lankan batsman to feature on this list. No other Sri Lankan batsman has scored over 2000 test runs away from home since Mathews debuted.
Since Angelo Mathews’s debut in 2009…
- 26th in the list of 1st innings runs among all batsmen since his debut, 9th highest among Asians
- 6th Highest 2nd innings runs among all Batsmen since his debut(2017),2nd Highest among Asians
- 6th Highest 3rd innings runs among all Batsmen since his debut(1636), Highest among Asians
- 3rd Highest 4th innings runs among all Batsmen since his debut(792), Highest among Asians
Runs By Innings
Like most of the subcontinent batsmen, Angelo Mathews is strong against spin and that can be seen here. He has high averages in the 3rd and 4th innings compared to the 1st and 2nd.
Five of his ten centuries have come in those 3rd and 4th with none of those in the first innings of a test match. His highest 1st innings in his career is 99 vs India way back in 2009, his maiden year in Test Circuit.
Despite having played mostly at 5 or 6, he has got reasonable success at each batting position where he has been deployed for his team.
|England and Wales||5||9||431||47.89|
|United Arab Emirates||6||11||587||73.38|
Angelo Mathews – Performances By Year
Mathews has a below-average record in Tests in countries such as Australia, India, South Africa. However, up to now, he has had limited opportunities to improve on it. His brilliant records at home and in countries like England, NZ and UAE make up for that somewhat. Plus, in countries like Pakistan and the West Indies, he just has not played enough to be judged.
Secondly, he has been injury-prone over the last few years which has hampered his progress both as a batsman and as an all-rounder.
Apart from 2010, Angelo Mathews had a fantastic start to his Test career. However, what has been most disappointing is that post-2015, his averages have fallen.
The 2014 year was the most productive one for him as a captain and as a batsman. He led the Sri Lankan team from the front, with an away series win in England. Sri Lanka is the only Asian team to win a test series in England and South Africa in the 2010s decade.
- Dialog SLC Cricketer of the Year 2015
- Dialog SLC Test All-rounder of the Year 2015
- For his performances in 2014, he was named as captain of the World Test XI by ICC.
- He was also named in the Test XI of the year 2015 by Cricinfo.
A Struggle Against Some Bowlers
|TIM SOUTHEE (NZ)||7||19|
|RAVINDRA JADEJA (IND)||6||10|
|KAGISO RABADA (RSA)||5||10|
|NATHAN LYON (AUS)||5||18|
Indian allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has been the most successful against Angelo Mathews in terms of dismissals to innings ratio, dismissing him 6 times out of total 10, all of them in 2017.
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Angelo Mathews – Best Batting Performances
91 & 157 not out vs Pakistan, Abu Dhabi, December 2013/January 2014
In a see-saw game, Angelo Mathews hit a career-best 157 not out following his 91 in the first innings. This helped Sri Lanka avert a probable defeat after Pakistan dominated the first three days, a knock which he was then proud of.
Mathews put on 138 for the fifth wicket with Dinesh Chandimal (89) and an unbroken 156 for the sixth wicket with Prasanna Jayawardene (63 not out). This helped pull Sri Lanka out of trouble.
160 vs England, Headingly, Leeds, June 2014
Coming in at 6, with his team only 68 runs ahead of the hosts, Mathews first paired up with senior batsman Mahela Jayawardene (92 partnership). He then stitched a 149 run partnership Rangana Herath. This was arguably the innings of his life. He helped his team to set up a 350 run target for the hosts. The captain leading from the front, to their first series, win in England since winning a one-off test in 1998.
His knock comprised of 25 fours and a solitary six, with flick being his most productive shot (32 runs).
Sri Lanka ultimately pulled off a dramatic, historic victory when James Anderson was dismissed in the closing moments of the match. This left another centurion Moeen Ali stranded at the other end.
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.
83 & 120 vs New Zealand, Wellington, December 2018
Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis put on a 246 run partnership batting through an entire day together. This also was part of Sri Lanka’s rescue after the hosts put up a massive 578 in response to SL’s 282.
On an individual part, this was a statement innings. He was axed from the limited-overs team earlier that year on fitness grounds. There was little surprise when he performed push-ups and then flexed his biceps upon scoring the century. But before that, Angelo Mathew let his bat indeed did all the talking.
Some other knocks which have to be mentioned are the 2 centuries vs India (Delhi & Colombo), the century at the home of cricket in the same 2014 Test series.
One of the finest Asian test batsmen of his generation!
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