Ajantha Mendis from mystery bowler to retired recluse

“Ajantha Mendis had a back problem. He was the kind of bowler who needed his entire body to work the ball and he lost that zip once that mystery he brought into the game came to light,” said Roshan Abeysinghe who was Mendis’ first and only big stage manager.

According to Abeysinghe, Mendis in the end was a victim of his own progress having bowled a variety of wicket-taking balls one of which was the venomous ‘carom ball’ flicked off his thumb and middle finger at a time when batsmen had to wait for the day when bowler-analyzing technology came to their rescue.

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