Angelo Mathews—Sri Lanka’s wrecker-in-chief

Since 2015, Mathews has averaged 41.5 at the strike rate of 79.58 in ODIs. In T20Is, his strike rate is an abominable 116.67. In Tests, he averages 41.5, which becomes a scanty 38.03 at home, something beyond the pale even if you factor in the tougher batting conditions. Four batsmen average higher than him at home including Kusal Mendis who made his debut in 2015. However, he continued to be seen as the be-all and end-all of Sri Lankan batting, thanks to his consistent runs in the shorter formats, albeit at a very slow pace, and the strong public image that tided him over his decline in Tests.

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