Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ajantha Mendis joins Hampshire

Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis will join Hampshire as their overseas player for the 2010 season.

The 24-year-old, who has taken 39 wickets in just eight Test matches since making his debut last year, will replace Pakistani spinner Imran Tahir.

Chairman Rod Bransgrove said: "Mendis is the most exciting new bowler to explode onto the world stage since Shane Warne.

"We are pleased he's joined us over other counties."

Tahir will rejoin the county in 2011 pending international commitments.

Mendis bowls a mixture of googlies, off-breaks, top-spinners, flippers, leg-breaks and the 'carrom ball', which he releases with a flick of his middle finger. Continued..

Monday, January 19, 2009

[Video] Decoding Ajantha Mendis

A brilliant production from Ten Sports. Featuring Ajantha's school coach, a chat with his army commander, and his mother. Profiles the rise to fame of a poor boy from Sri Lanka's coastal south.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

There is something about Mendis

When the words "mesmerise" and "bamboozle" are uttered in the same sentence to a bowler who has just made his international d├ębut, it makes one sit up and take notice. Those where the very words uttered by Tony Becca in the Jamaica Gleaner when Ajantha Mendis made his debut against the West Indies on the 10th of April 2008.

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