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Saturday, July 19, 2008

My bowling is a gift of God: Mendis

After wrecking the famed Indian batting line-up in the Asia Cup final, Sri Lanka's new spin sensation Ajantha Mendis now harbours dream of scalping the prize wicket of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar in the upcoming three-match Test series starting July 23.

Mendis created ripples during the Asia Cup in Pakistan early this month with his 'carrom ball' delivery, picking up 17 wickets in the continental tournament.

He single-handedly won the trophy for Sri Lanka by pocketing six Indian wickets in the final.
"It will be dream come true for me to get the wicket of Tendulkar, especially when he is on the threshold of surpassing Brian Lara'a world record of highest Test runs," said Mendis.
Tendulkar, who has 11782 runs from 147 Tests so far, is just 171 short of equaling the West Indian legend's 11953 runs.

Mendis, a Sri Lankan army officer, said that he is pumped up to show his potential against the famous batting quartet of Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, who were not there in India's Asia Cup squad.

"Laxman, Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly are among the best batsmen in the world and I am eagerly looking forward to bowl against them.
"I will be happy to get the scalps of many other Indian batsmen," he said.
The young bowler also revealed that apart from the 'carrom ball', he has developed a new delivery to unsettle the Indians.
However, when asked to elaborate on his new delivery, he said, "Come and see for yourself in the match."
"I will continue with the same tactics in Tests which I employed in ODIs. I don't intend to change much.
"My bowling is a gift of God. I am also grateful to my school coach from whom I learnt immensely."

Asked whether he would be bowling long spells in the upcoming Test series, he said, "It is up to the captain to decide whether to give me long spells or not, but if given I am prepared to bowl."
On being compared in the cricketing circles with spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, Mendis said he has still long way to go to fill in the veteran's shoe.

"Muralitharan is my idol and it is a privilege for me to bowl alongside him. He has been advising me continuously and told me to approach him any time for suggestions."


UTP said...

He is unreal...but I think his balls are readable...from the early days it will be fine...

I think the best way for him to be really successful is to have so much variety that even if the batsmen read it...they still have to wait to decide whats going to happen...

great bowler...

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