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Ajantha Mendis

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Full Name: Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslo Mendis
Born: March 11 1985 , Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Other teams: Sri Lanka, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sri Lanka Army
Test debut: Sri Lanka v India, Colombo, July 23-26 2008
ODI debut: West Indies v Sri Lanka, Trinidad, April 10 2008
T20 debut: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, King City, October 10 2008
Batting Style: Right-hand bat
Bowling Style: Right-arm spin


Mendis has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence since making his Sri Lanka debut in 2008. The spinner, whose mixture of googlies, off-breaks, top-spinners, flippers and leg-breaks have deceived batsmen the world over. Perhaps most noticeable is his carrom ball, which he releases with an unusual flick of his fingers. In the 2008 Asia Cup final Mendis took 6-13 against India in only his eighth one-day international. His 17 wickets in the tournament earned him the man-of-the-series award and a call-up to the Test squad. Mendis responded to the challenge by becoming the first Sri Lankan t...

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