Who is Ajantha Mendis?

Ok – the whole of cricket fraternity is abuzz and curious to know more about Ajantha Mendis after he bamboozled the Indian batsmen in the Asia Cup final for figures of 6 for 13 – magical figures by any standards.

Surely, Jayawardene’s decision to rest Mendis during the league game against India to keep him as a mystery weapon for the final, looks like a masterstroke. In fact, Dhoni himself admitted that none of the batsmen were able to pick him up properly.

It is difficult to describe Mendis actually. He is technically an off-spinner but bowls googlies, doosras, flipper and leg-break. Take a look at this video from the recent Sri Lanka – West Indies series where they try to analyze his various deliveries – it does sound pretty tough to pick up:

Next Murali?

— T