At 41 years old, Jeevan Mendis has this physical status:
Balapuwa Manukulasuriya Amith Jeevan Mendis, a Sri Lankan professional cricketer who competes for limited teams over internationals, is a professional cricketer who plays limited in Sri Lanka.
Mendis, an all-rounder who bowls leg spin, has represented Sri Lanka in the 2012 World Twenty2020 and 2015 World Cup.
He plays for the Tamil Union in Sri Lanka, and he has also played for Derbyshire in England during 2017.
Mendis was born in Colombo and went to S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia. A left-handed batsman, he debuted in 2000/01 and the following season captained the Under-19 team to victory in a one-day game. He represented the Sri Lankan A side in 2005. He held the best bowling figures in U19 Cricket World Cup history where he recorded 7/20 v Zimbabwe U19's until his record was surpassed by Australia's Jason Ralston (7/19) at the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, which was then surpassed in the same tournament by Ralston's compatriot Lloyd Pope (who took 8/35). He is the only Sri Lankan to pick up a 7 wicket haul in an U19 match.
Mendis made his Twenty20 debut on 17 August 2004, for Sinhalese Sports Club in the 2004 SLC Twenty20 Tournament. In Sri Lankan domestic cricket, Mendis has played for Tamil Union since the 2008–09 season. During the first half of the 2017 season, he played for Derbyshire in England as an overseas player.
In March 2018, he was named in Kandy's squad for the 2017–18 Super Four Provincial Tournament. The following month, he was also named in Kandy's squad for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.
In August 2018, he was named in Colombo's squad the 2018 SLC T20 League. In December 2018, in the 2018–19 Premier League Tournament, he took the best bowling figures in 2018 in a first-class cricket match, with 9 for 53 from 29 overs. He was the leading wicket-taker for Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club in the tournament, with 30 dismissals in five matches.
In March 2019, he was named in Dambulla's squad for the 2019 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.
Mendis made his international debut in the 2010 Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series in the 3rd Match on 1 June 2010 against Zimbabwe. He did not get any opportunity to bat as his number didn't come up, but he bowled 4 overs, giving 12 runs, and took two wickets. In his second ODI of the series against India, he scored an unbeaten 35 off 35 balls where Sri Lanka won the match by 6 wickets. In the final of the series, he took two wickets against Zimbabwe, and Sri Lanka won the championship comprehensively.
In the opening match of 2012 ICC World Twenty20 against Zimbabwe at Hambantota, he came to the crease at 82/3 after 11.3 overs and scored a 43* from 30 balls, hitting 4 fours and a six and scripted a game-changing 49 ball 94 runs partnership with Kumar Sangakkara (44 off 26 balls) to help his side reach 182/4. With the ball, he took 3/24 from his 4 overs and ably assisted spin partner Ajantha Mendis, who took a record 6/8 from his 4 overs. In the same year, he made his highest ODI score of 72 against India on 4 August 2012. However, Sri Lanka lost the match by 20 runs. On 10 November 2012, he achieved his best ODI bowling figures, where he took 3 for 15 against New Zealand in a rain-affected match in Hambantota. Sri Lanka finally won the match by 7 wickets and Mendis won the man of the match award.
After three years of break in international arena, Mendis was surprisingly picked up for the Twenty20 International series against Bangladesh in February 2018. He played his comeback match on 15 February 2018 and took two wickets for just 21 runs. Sri Lanka won the match by 6 wickets.
In April 2019, he was named in Sri Lanka's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. After lean streak by both bat and ball, he was dropped from the limited over squad following the exit from World Cup.