Full name: Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslo Mendis Born: March 11, 1985, Moratuwa Current age: 23 years 123 days Major teams:Sri Lanka,Kolkata Knight Riders,Sri Lanka Army,Wayamba Batting style: Right-hand bat Bowling style: Right-arm slow-medium
Its just his profile. Its a over-night stardom according to some but its a lot of effort and hardwork over the two years.
“The thing with Ajantha is that he has served with the army. He has seen things you and I only read about in the newspapers,” Kumar Sangakkara said of Mendis. “Those are the kind of things that will toughen you up. With the situation in Sri Lanka being what it is, that is real pressure, not playing cricket.”
Jayawardene was one of those who was not taken aback at Mendis’ success. “Mendis is something special and for a while I’ve been telling some of the guys to look out for him.”
Trevor Bayliss, the Australian who coaches Sri Lanka, was as befuddled as some of India’s batsmen. “I could tell you about his variations if I knew what they were,” he answered frankly soon after Mendis had left the West Indies in come discomfort earlier in the year.