The accomplished Sri Lankan allrounder has achieved remarkable milestones in his international career. Notably, Mathews has demonstrated his leadership skills by captaining the Sri Lanka Test, one-day international, and T20 teams.
Mathews’s rise to the top of the ICC ODI allrounder rankings in November 2014 was the result of a commendable ODI series against India, which included an unbeaten 139-run innings. His journey began when he made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in November 2008, where he quickly made an impression with his consistent and solid batting, complemented by his adept bowling and fielding prowess.
Mathews played a pivotal role in Sri Lanka’s journey to the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with his excellent performances. Unfortunately, he was unable to participate in the final due to a quad injury, which was a disappointment for both him and his team.
Notably, Mathews’s leadership qualities became evident as he became Sri Lanka’s youngest-ever Test captain at the age of 25. His leadership abilities were recognized early on when he led Sri Lanka’s Under-19 team, setting the stage for his subsequent roles in the national team.