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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 to take ei...

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