Tuesday, December 16, 2008

M & M - gives cricket a new meaning

Through the years, modern political transformation there have been certain individuals who have swum against the set pattern of currents and cut their own niches to make an indelible impression in the history of a given society or mankind as a whole.

For instance France’s Napoleon Bonaparte, (1769 – 1821) later known as Napoleon I, was a French military and political leader who had a significant impact on the history of Europe. He was a general during the French Revolution. In 1799, Napoleon staged a coup d'├ętat and installed himself as First Consul; five years later he crowned himself Emperor of the French and the rest is common history.

In Sri Lanka former President Ranasinghe Premadasa came from very insignificant beginnings, but, the impression he made in the Lankan political arena has now become common folklore.

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Mendis out of Test series

Sri Lanka's mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis will miss the two-Test series against Bangladesh, which begins at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on December 26.

Mendis injured his ankle while bowling for Army SC in his first match of the domestic season against Tamil Union last weekend.

Ranjith Nanayakkara-wasam, the Sri Lanka team physio, said Mendis had strained his right ankle and was undergoing treatment.

"The injury will take at least three to four weeks to heal," he said. Mendis is expected to be back for the ODI tri-series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, scheduled to start on January 10.

Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner, will take Mendis' place in Sri Lanka's 15-man Test squad. Herath's last Test was in March this year, against West Indies in Guyana and the last time he played against Bangladesh was during the 2005-06 series in Sri Lanka. He had a four-wicket haul in the first Test at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Ajantha Mendis is the sorcerer's apprentice

The Australian: IF you observe Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslo Mendis at a press conference, you can almost imagine Alice in Wonderland.

Along with the enigmatic smiles as his captain or manager translates his answers from Sinhala to English, there is a sense of wide-eyed wonder, almost as if he's asking himself: “What am I doing here and how did it happen?”

Just three years ago, Mendis, then 20, was trying to figure out what to do with his life. His academic career had been undistinguished, and he was playing for a local club when a chance encounter changed his life.

The Sri Lankan Army provided the opposition, and they liked what they saw of the youngster. After learning that Mendis was unemployed, the army made their move. His mother, a pious Catholic who raised her sister's children alongside her own, was reluctant, but the army's coaches managed to convince her that her son wouldn't be sent to the war front in Jaffna.

When he got to the army, Saman Hewavitharana, his coach, was amazed by what he saw.

“When he joined the army, he had only the off-break and leg-break,” he said recently. “But on his own, he started developing other deliveries at practice.”

The army had no great cricketing tradition and played in Tier B of the championship. In tandem with Seekuge Prasanna, a leg-spinner who dismissed Sachin Tendulkar in India's tour opener, Mendis inspired the army's run to the title. His contribution was 68 wickets at 10.51, and though there was little media coverage of the second rung, the buzz around the grounds where he played forced the selectors to take notice.

An Australian with fond memories of the subcontinent also played his part. In 1969-70, Ashley Mallett took 28 Indian wickets with his off-spin as Bill Lawry's side triumphed 3-1. Four decades on, he holds spin clinics twice a year in Sri Lanka.

Ruwan Kalpage, who played 11 Tests for Sri Lanka in the 1990s, was the chief coach at the spinners' clinic, and Mallett recommended Mendis get some special attention.

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Mendis hails Murali influence

The Island: Sri Lanka’s new spin sensation Ajantha Mendis hailed the influence of fellow spinner Muttiah Muralitharan after being named ICC Emerging Player of the Year, cricket365.com reported on its web site on Thursday.

Mendis was handed the honour at cricket’s annual awards ceremony in Dubai on Wednesday due to a fine performance in the Test and one-day series against India.

Mendis burst to prominence with a six-wicket haul against India in the final of the Asia Cup.

He then helped Sri Lanka secure a 2-1 Test series against India, finishing with a haul of 26 wickets, becoming the highest wicket taker in a three match Test series.

Mendis also finished as the top wicket-taker in the one-day series with 13 wickets.

"I never dreamt of this a year ago," Mendis was quoted as having said, through an interpreter after receiving the award.

"It has been fantastic playing for Sri Lanka.

"I picked up a lot of wickets only because Murali was bowling at the other end.

"He put a lot of pressure on the batsmen and so I got the opportunity to get the wickets.

"He also guided me on how to control the ball and how to be patient while bowling against a top-class batting line-up.

"But the most important thing he taught me was to never be afraid of the opposition.

"He also taught me the importance of planning a batsman’s dismissal."

Mendis said he was still looking to improve his bowling.

"Right now I am concentrating on my accuracy and also want to be more aggressive," he said.

"I need to learn to bowl in different conditions too," Mendis concluded.

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Ajantha Mendis returns to Sri Lanka after ICC award

Video of Ajantha Mendis speaking to the press at Katunayake Airport.

Friday, September 12, 2008

I somehow felt I would win the ICC award: Mendis

I somehow felt I would win the ICC award: Mendis

Sri Lanka’s new spin sensation Ajantha Mendis, who returned home Friday said he somehow felt that he would win the International Cricket Council’s(ICC) award for the emerging player of the year....

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mendis the mysterious maverick

Ajantha Mendis, the burgeoning superstar of spin bowling, cuts a strikingly different figure off the field to the one on it.

Such has been his startling rise this year, Mendis is almost certain to carry off the Emerging Player of the Year award when the ICC dish out their version of the Oscars tonight. The bowler, 23, hails from the small town of Moratuwa, known more for producing fine furniture than spin bowling sensations.

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'India were caught napping on Mendis' - Wadekar

'India were caught napping on Mendis' - Wadekar
Cricinfo

India were not prepared enough to face Ajantha Mendis in the recently concluded Test series and didn't have a plan, former national captain Ajit Wadekar has said. Mendis, an unorthodox legspinner who made his debut in the first Test in Colombo, dominated the Indian batting line-up during the series - which Sri Lanka won 2-1 - to finish with a record 26 wickets.

"To be frank, India were caught napping. They did not plan to tackle Mendis properly," Wadekar said.

"They did not decide which of the batsmen should go after him. That's basically how one should go about things at the international level, regardless of whether the batsman gets out."


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Mendis named as ICC's Emerging Player


Mendis named as ICC's Emerging Player
Cricinfo

Ajantha Mendis, Sri Lanka's 23-year-old spinner, has won the Emerging Player of the Year award at the ICC Awards ceremony in Dubai.

With his mesmerising brand of spin bowling, Mendis has exploded on to the international scene in recent months. In just three Tests against India in July and August, he claimed 26 wickets at an average of 18.38, leaving batsmen trying to work out a new way to play, with his unique array of deliveries, including the so-called Carrom ball.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Mendis nominated for emerging player of the year

Ajantha Mendis has been nominated for Emerging Player of the Year in the 2008 LG International Cricket Council Awards.

The nominations for six of the awards were made by a five-man ICC selection panel chaired by West Indies legend Clive Lloyd. The panel also includes former Australia captain Greg Chappell, recently retired South Africa all-rounder Shaun Pollock, former Sri Lanka opener Sidath Wettimuny and former Bangladesh batsman Athar Ali Khan. This panel will also select the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year.

The winners of these six individual awards will be voted upon by a 25-person panel from around the world, made up of renowned former players, respected members of the media, and an elite umpire and elite match referee.

The Spirit of Cricket Award will be voted on by all the international captains as well as all members of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. The Umpire of the Year Award is voted on by the captains and the match referees.

This year sees the introduction of a new award, the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year Award, which will mark an outstanding individual effort in this newest format of the international game.

Also, the Associate ODI Player of the Year Award has been upgraded to the Associate Player of the Year Award and serves to recognise and reward the efforts in ODIs and other international matches of the outstanding cricketer from the six countries outside the ICC Full Members, namely Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands and Scotland.

Based on the 12 months between 9 August 2007 and 12 August 2008, the LG ICC Awards 2008 – presented in association with FICA – will take into account performances by players and officials in a remarkable period for the game. That period includes the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 2007 in South Africa.

The LG ICC Awards ceremony is now in its fifth year and this will be the first time it has been staged in Dubai. Previous ceremonies were held in London (2004), Sydney (2005), Mumbai (2006) and Johannesburg (2007).

Source - ICC Media release.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Ajantha Mendis haters have begun

After two below normal par ODI's, and due to the high standards set by Mendis, the 'experts' claim he is over hyped and now no longer a mystery.

Ajantha Mendis a world-class bowler? Only if you believe the media ...
Sportingo, Israel - Jul 30, 2008
by ganesh s on 30 July 2008 Of late, every news channel that I tune into and every newspaper that I come across has something to say about Ajantha Mendis as ...

Team India breaks Ajantha Mendis' magical web
Merinews, India - 9 hours ago
Indians, as of now, seem to have found ways to tackle this magician in Mendis- the nemesis of India in recent times. AJANTHA MENDIS- the magician of cricket ...

Aggressive batting can tame Mendis: Srinath

Aggressive batting can tame Mendis: Srinath
Cricketnext.com, India - Aug 21, 2008
Mumbai: Former Indian speedster Javagal Srinath said spin sensation Ajantha Mendis can be tamed with calculated but aggressive approach by the Indian top ...

Murali and Mendis set to join great spin duos

Murali and Mendis set to join great spin duos
Sify, India - Aug 23, 2008
And if their recent deeds are anything to go by, then Muthiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis are almost certain to join the great spin duos in cricket ...

Mendis an unusual spinner: Dhoni

Mendis an unusual spinner: Dhoni
Daily Times, Pakistan - Aug 18, 2008
DAMBULLA: India one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday conceded it was not easy to read Sri Lanka’s unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis. ...

Mendis needs to stand test of time: Buchanan

Mendis needs to stand test of time: Buchanan
Expressindia.com, India - Aug 26, 2008
Praising the performance of Sri Lanka's mystery bowler Ajantha Mendis against the star-studded Indian batting line-up in the just ...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The ‘Fab Four’ look forlorn against Mendis

The ‘Fab Four’ look forlorn against Mendis
Sify, India - Aug 17, 2008
If today there are questions being asked about the Fab Four's position in the Indian team, it can be marked down to their uncertainty in playing a spinner playing in his first Test series. In the past, the ‘Fab Four’ may have had the odd awkward moment batting against the two spin magicians - Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan - but never have they looked as forlorn as against Ajantha Mendis. It was Mendis playing in his first Test series who should have looked nervous, instead it was the ‘Fab Four’ who seemed to be the ones inactive with nerves.

'Modern cricketing gear make Mendis difficult to crack'

Modern cricketing gear make Mendis difficult to crack' Expressindia.com

Dambulla (SL), August 19:: The state-of-the-art cricketing equipment make it difficult to crack an already cryptic bowling action of spinner Ajantha Mendis, feels a sports expert.

"Modern gears utilised in cricket today perhaps insulates the feeling from the ball as it comes to the bat," said former Sri Lankan cricketer and sports expert Ranil Abeynaike said.

"Batsmen a few years ago could have read Mendis better if he had been bowling at that time," he added.

However, he feels Indian batsmen can crack him if they watch every ball of his.

"The Indian batsmen will have to play according to each ball of Mendis and would have to observe him while taking him on. Every bowler has some distinct pattern of bowling either through his shoulder movement or hand action and that is what could be central to tackle Mendis," he said.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Freak Streak

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Mendis not a permanent threat - Dhoni

Mendis not a permanent threat - Dhoni
CricInfo.com, UK
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian captain, has said that Ajantha Mendis was an unusual bowler in comparison to Muttiah Muralitharan, but it's only a matter ...

Clueless India sink into Mendis mire once again

Clueless India sink into Mendis mire once again
PakTribune.com, Pakistan

Dambulla: So much for pre-match hype and the rhetoric that went with it, like an emphatic exclamation mark that was to have signalled Indian success at the start of this ODI series.
It was left as to sag as does a slowly deflating hot air balloon, punctured as it was with the dismissal of Gautam Gambhir the second ball of the match. Sri Lanka`s control was not relinquished throughout the following 80.5 overs of the game.

As rain clouds gathered in the south-east, Sri Lanka closed in on an efficient and clinical eight-wicket victory to mark the start of their latest ODI series against India at Rangiri Stadium. It left yet again more than enough questions for India`s young, and to a point inexperienced guns, outplayed again in a second successive limited-overs game.

Both teams went in with a six-five combination, but now India may revise their thinking after this defeat.

Sri Lanka, as they largely did through much of the Test series, were highly professional. Also, the discipline shown by their bowlers, which continues to confront and confuse the Indian batsmen, is quite remarkable in its direction and pressure.

Also, Mahela Jayawardene batted with typical style and panache for an undefeated 61 as he and Chamara Kapugedera became involved in an unbroken match-winning partnership of 102 for the third wicket. Jayawardene was unhurried as he batted his way through the 116 minutes. It is not the matter of balls faced or minutes batted that matters here, but the way he put the innings together that always left him largely in control of the situation.

Sri Lanka reached the 147 needed for victory of 34.5 overs in reply to the tourists 146 in 46 overs of often hesitant batting.

Yet, as with the Tests, where man of the series Ajantha Mendis along with Muttiah Muralitharan dominated with 47 wickets out of 60, so too did they pull the same mesmerising puppet strings with three wickets apiece in this opening game. Mendis, with three for 21 off nine overs won man of the match and is becoming quite a concern for India.

While Sri Lanka lost their openers early on, the pitch, as Jayawardene and Kapugedera showed, was easy enough to bat on. The captain square cut with precision and drove with elegant ease. He did much to pull Kapugedara through whatever concerns the younger man may have had in trying to bat through the rest of the partnership.

It is where Jayawardene`s calmness saw him score without too many problems and shows that a little more application and skill from India`s batsmen would have at least put a competitive total on the board.

Instead, and in what can only be described as an abject batting performance, India were routed for their lowest ODI total in Sri Lanka. It wouldn`t have been a pretty sight to watch either for the Indian selectors as the five-match series opened with a humiliating defeat.

From the second ball of the game when Gambhir was bowled by veteran Chaminda Vaas, the innings continually tottered on the brink of a collapse against tidy, accurate bowling.

Even the final total of 146 owes its longevity of 46 overs to a last wicket partnership of 29 between Munaf Patel and Pragyan Ojha.

Sure, India went into the game without the experience of Virender Sehwag, ruled out Sunday night after an examination of his swollen ankle, hit by a ball during a practice session. But this didn`t suggest that India would continue to struggle against the spin of Mendis and Muralitharan well supported by the frontline seam bowlers.

Yuvraj Singh, arriving as early as the eighth over of the innings with only 23 runs on the board, showed a spark of promise when he hoisted Mendis over long on for six. The next delivery, found him stretching too far forward, the bat angled from the body, as he edged the ball into the stumps: beaten by the pace of the delivery off the pitch.

Whatever plans he had to rescue the innings partly went with him for when Mendis was brought on at the scoreboard end the score was 67-3; it then subsided in the Mendis quicksand as 73-3 became 87-7 and whatever hopes of a rescue bid floundered.

There wasn`t much to follow either as a succession of frustrated strokes and edges may have added runs to the total, but it became an agonising effort as without partnerships and continued pressure, building any sort of total needed failed to materialise.

India`s previous lowest total at the Dambulla venue is 205-9 in 2005, but at least it was competitive while their lowest on the island before this effort had been 163 in 1998 at the Sinhalese Sports Club.

Jayawardene`s handling of the bowling was what added to India`s problems as he didn`t bring Mendis into the attack until the 20th over and Murali six overs later. Mendis picked up three for 21 more while Murlai`s 10 overs earned him a return of three for 37.

‘Unusual’ Mendis continues to torment

Hindustan Times: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has never seen a bowler like Ajantha Mendis, and even after playing him a couple of times it's not clear just what method will work against the unorthodox spinner. "The trouble is in picking him, I have not seen any bowler like this. He is an unusual bowler. The only option right now is to play more and more of him, that's the only way of getting better," said Dhoni, soon after India slumped to a big loss in the first ODI.

But even on the occasions that the batsmen have been able to pick Mendis' variations, the going has been difficult. "Even if you pick him, by the time you realise what ball it is, it gets really late to play a big shot. You will see batsmen who can play him, but in one-day cricket it is not only about playing him. You have to rotate the strike because you don't want a bowler to end up with ten overs for 20 runs," said Dhoni. "We will need to find a way by which we can rotate the strike, if not play big shots. You can't score 180 or 200 and look to defend that. You have to get a decent score for which we will have to score off each and every bowler."

While Mendis walked away with the big wickets, Muttiah Muralitharan, introduced as late as the 27th over, chipped in with three of his own.

"Murali and Mendis are different bowlers. Murali can turn the ball on any wicket. He loves Sri Lankan wickets," said Dhoni. "Even when he bowls fast, he gets some purchase out of the wicket. No other spinner would have got so much turn."

Dhoni also underscored the importance of batsmen getting good starts before Mendis and Murali came on. "It's important to get a good start. In the last two games, we lost quick wickets. When you are playing Mendis, you have to save wickets and get the runs as well," he said. "It gets a bit tough. With time, batsmen will get used to it. Even Murali sometime back, was difficult. Mendis is a bit more unusual than Muralitharan."

Dhoni also admitted that he had misread the pitch and perhaps fielding first would have been a better option.

"To start with, we misread the wicket a bit. We did not think it would seam or swing that much," he said. "There was a fair bit in the wicket to start off. The Sri Lankan bowlers bowled really well. They got the first two batsmen out, it was not like the batsmen played bad shots and got out. Credit goes to their fast bowlers."

Dhoni also conceded that the team might consider playing an extra batsman in the games to follow. "We may look at a different composition as well," he said. "Whatever fits the team best, we will decide on that."

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Murali delighted at Mendis emergence

Murali delighted at Mendis emergence



Sri Lanka star Muttiah Muralitharan believes the emergence of young spinner Ajantha Mendis will help prolong his own career.

Muralitharan, 36, and 23-year-old Mendis formed a formidable partnership in the first Test thrashing of India, taking 19 of the 20 wickets between them.

"He's one of the most talented guys I've seen," said Muralitharan, the world's leading Test wicket taker. "He's our future."

He added: "When I started, way back in 1992, I could bowl only off-spin. Although I was a bigger turner, he has more variation.

"I want to play until the World Cup (in 2011). Now that Ajantha has come, I can play for a few more years. It's not a joke, I'm serious. Because of his presence my bowling will be reduced. Bowling 50 overs every innings is a huge task.

"If I bowl 30 to 35 overs I will be happy as I am ageing. The job will be easier for me."

Handling Mendis is up to the individual - Dhoni

Handling Mendis is up to the individual - Dhoni
CricInfo.com, UK
No surprise that most of them focused around the man who snatched almost half of the Indian wickets in the Test series, Ajantha Mendis. ...

Still cracking the Mendis code [???]

India had few answers for Ajantha. Now the rest of the world will be poring over the footage to solve the puzzle



So, will the footage of the Test series give any clues to unraveling the Mendis mystery? The answer to that question is not in the Galle section of the video, where Sehwag was stepping out and hitting Mendis. Vital tips are probably hidden in the final chapter, in which Dravid and Laxman were forging a partnership on the final morning of the series — playing forward, showing the full face of the bat, smothering the spin and rotating the strike.

The duo achieved that comfort level only after they were foxed several times in five innings.

Coaches and computer analysts can dissect Mendis’s bowling, but the Indian series will only give them cryptic clues to this complex cricketing crossword.

Sandeep Dwivedi for the Indian Express.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cricinfo: The summer of Mendis

This series will always be remembered for the startling effect Ajantha Mendis had on India, starting and ending with his dismissals of Rahul Dravid. Mendis was undoubtedly the story of the summer but this was a Sri Lankan victory founded on consistency, determination and plenty from the supporting act. Cricinfo runs the rule over Sri Lanka's contributors to the 2-1 success.

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Mendis’s success: illustration of Lankan way

S. Ram Mahesh over at the Hindu writes:

Mendis’s success is an illustration of the Sri Lankan way of cricket. Where in some countries, unorthodoxy is frowned upon, beaten immediately into reassuringly recognisable patterns by coaches and guides limited by what’s passed on to them, in Sri Lanka, uniqueness is cultivated.


One needs look no further than the tripe Anil Kumble had to put up with in his early years — and indeed sometimes still — to get a sense of why freak talents and maverick methods don’t break though in other countries as readily they do in Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Carrom Ball | Ajantha Mendis Vs Harbhajan Singh 2008

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Sri Lankan new spinner Ajantha Mendis sets on a world record.

Sri Lankan new spinner Ajantha Mendis sets on a world record as the 1st bowler who bags the highest number of wickets in a debut series. He has taken 25 wickets in his test debut series with India. Previously the record was held by Englishmen A.V.Bedsor with 24 wickets in 1946. Meanwhile, India were 161 for 5 in the second innings at stumps of the third day of the third and final test at P. Sara stadium yesterday. India now only leads 14 runs.

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Mendis the difference: Harbhajan

Harbhajan Singh speaking to the Hindu has singled out Ajantha Mendis as the difference between India and Sri Lanka in the three Test series.

“The Sri Lankans have bowled really well, especially Mendis, he has been really consistent,” said the off-spinner, after the third day of the third Test. “He has been the guy who has changed the series for them. Without him I think Sri Lanka would have really struggled in this series. The way he has bowled is outstanding.”

Harbhajan added that he’d like to steal Mendis’s wicket-taking luck. “Obviously he is new in international cricket and the more people play against him the more they will get to see him and people will learn about him. He does have some variation but every bowler has variations.”

Monday, July 28, 2008

If Mendis doesn’t get you, Murali will

If Mendis doesn’t get you, Murali will
Sify, India
When Ajantha Mendis finished with that mesmeric spell of six for 13 in the Asia Cup final earlier in the month at Karachi, many people shrugged it off ...

Conspiracy against Army cricketers?

Conspiracy against Army cricketers?
The Island (subscription), Sri Lanka - 2 hours ago
What’s more disturbing is that the call to play the relegation match comes at a time when Army’s star player Ajantha Mendis is doing National duty. ...

Indians mesmerized by spin

Indians mesmerized by spin
The Island (subscription), Sri Lanka - 2 hours ago
But on those two horrible days, they were just baffled; they had no answer to our wizards Murali and Mendis who mesmerized them.The Indian tail doggedly ...

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Carrom Ball | Ajantha Mendis Vs Rohit Sharma 2008

Mendis working on 'sixth' delivery

Mendis working on 'sixth' delivery
Press Trust of India, India - Jul 17, 2008
Mumbai, Jul 17 (PTI) Having bamboozled batsmen in the recent Asia Cup, Sri Lanka's 'mystery' spinner Ajantha Mendis sought to put Indian batsmen on the ...

Ajantha Mendis: The surprise hero

Ajantha Mendis: The surprise hero
Hindustan Times, India - Jul 18, 2008
That Ajantha Mendis took the cricket world by storm with his matchwinning performance in the final of the Asia Cup did not come as a surprise to those who ...

Ajantha Mendis’ moment of glory

Ajantha Mendis’ moment of glory
Ceylon Daily News, Sri Lanka - Jul 25, 2008
Ajantha Mendis, the mysterious spinning sensation who had shown his spinning prowess in the limited over game, and who was thrust into Test cricket which is ...

Murali, Mendis wreak havoc

Murali, Mendis wreak havoc
Hindu, India - 15 hours ago
Colombo (PTI): The famed Indian batting line up was struggling to stay afloat as the spin-twin of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis wreaked havoc by ...

Murali, Mendis send India spinning to humiliating defeat

Murali, Mendis send India spinning to humiliating defeat
Press Trust of India, India - 10 hours ago
... cricket Test by an innings and 239 runs with the spin combination of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis plotting the visitors' downfall here today. ...

I owe it to Murali, says Mendis

I owe it to Murali, says Mendis
AFP - 7 hours ago
COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis said Saturday that team-mate Muttiah Muralitharan played a key role in his success against India in his ...

Mendis is future of Sri Lankan cricket: Murali

Mendis is future of Sri Lankan cricket: Murali
Times of India, India - 8 hours ago
COLOMBO: Sri Lankan debutant spinner Ajantha Mendis not only bamboozled the Indians with his bag of tricks in the first cricket Test, but the youngster's ...

‘Mendis’s arrival will prolong my career’ - Murali

Mendis’s arrival will prolong my career’
Hindu, India - 4 hours ago
“Now that Ajantha (Mendis) has come, I think I can play Test cricket a few more years,” said Muralitharan after the spinners had combined to take 19 of ...

Ajantha Mendis: The Next Big Thing In Cricket

Ajantha Mendis: The Next Big Thing In Cricket
HULIQ (press release), NC - 3 hours ago
Ajantha Mendis is a 23 year old Sri Lankan spin bowler and he has just helped Sri Lanka defeat India by a massive innings and 239 runs in Colombo. ...