Kusal Mendis may be still young, but that doesn’t mean he will soon or ever be able to transformed to a limited over fast format player. The best living example for this fact is Dinesh Chandimal, who had his debut at very young age @ 20 years as an ODI player in 2010, but nearly a decade after he is still a shaking duck in the middle in limited over arena…
Precisely After Nine Years of regular chances to play nearly 150 ODIs… where is he to day…??? Still struggling in the middle, just to keep his wicket intact by swallowing a huge number of dot balls to keep his wicket as seen from his Strike Rates still in 60s & 70s in most matches, coming to bat in the top order…..
The bare naked truth is, he is a huge bottle neck for the entire ODI batting unit, negating whatever momentum gathered by openers upfront to doom every single match as seen from his recent overall record, with no improvement at all. Kusal Mendis is no different, except that he gets out quickly after trying to keep his strike rate up to the required mark, unlike selfish Chandimal.
Without a doubt Mendis & Chandimal are solid & skilled Test players cutout to play long Tests innings. The selectors & coach should be smart enough to understand this FACT proved repeatedly with their performance records go well beyond 50 encounters.
Expecting Kusal Mendis or Chandimal to play limited over cricket is like… Asking a patient skilled artist talented in molding or carving beautiful sculptures… to take over the job of quick Hopper Making to cater a large number of customers in a busy night stall… 🙂