With a reputation like Dimitri Mascarenhas, and an Aussie twang thrown into the combination, ‘Dimi’ was once by no means going to be your run-of-the-mill county professional. And so it has proved. Born in Middlesex to Sri Lankan oldsters, however introduced up in Perth, Western Australia, Mascarenhas returned to those shores in 1996 to play for Hampshire, making a direct affect through taking 6 for 88 towards Glamorgan on debut. At his most efficient in one-day cricket, he has made a dependancy of manufacturing large performances in necessary video games, together with a Guy of the Fit efficiency within the 1998 NatWest trophy semi-final when he took 3 for 28 and scored 73. He additionally featured in Hampshire’s victorious C&G marketing campaign in 2005. He scored the primary century on the Rose Bowl, towards Worcestershire in 2001, and likewise took the primary hat-trick recorded in Twenty20 cricket, among his 5 for 14 towards Sussex at Hove in 2004.
A typical in England’s Hong Kong sixes group, it’s his allround pedigree – he is a superb fielder – which has made him so efficient in home one-day cricket. After being awarded a get advantages yr through his membership in 2007, he was once given his likelihood to polish for England when known as as much as their one-day squad in June. It was once an extended late variety as Hampshire supporters will attest to, however Mascarenhas made his likelihood depend, slapping 5 sixes in one over from Yuvraj Singh at The Oval, and incomes a call-up to England’s Twenty20 squad at the again of a few disciplined bowling performances. His rising recognition within the shorter types of the sport noticed him as the primary England participant to enroll in the Indian Premier League, in 2009, and later that yr he captained Hampshire to a Pals Provident Trophy triumph at Lord’s, the place Sussex had been overwhelmed within the last.
It was once on the IPL, in 2010, then again, that Mascarenhas suffered a significant Achilles damage that intended he bowled simply 3 overs for Hampshire within the season and ultimately wanted surgical procedure. A big bite of the 2011 home marketing campaign was once additionally overlooked, as a result of damage, and his ongoing IPL commitments intended he was once unavailable for Hampshire initially of the 2012 season.