Dimitri Mascarenhas made an immediate impact whilst taking 6 for 88 against Glamorgan on debut. An effective player in one-day cricket, he has the habit of performing during the vital games, including a Man of the Match performance in the 1998 NatWest trophy semi-final when he took 3 for 28 and scored 73. He scored his first century at the Rose Bowl, against Worcestershire in 2001, and also took the first hat-trick recorded in Twenty20 cricket, amongst his 5 for 14 against Sussex at Hove in 2004.
After being awarded a benefit year by his club in 2007, he was given his chance to shine for England when called up to their one-day squad in June. Mascarenhas made his chance count, hammering five sixes in a single over from a helpless looking Yuvraj Singh at The Oval, and earning a call-up to England's Twenty20 squad on the back of some disciplined bowling performances. His growing reputation in the shorter forms of the game saw him as the first England player to join the Indian Premier League 2008.