Maheesh Theekshana could spearhead an unlikely T20 World Cup charge – WISDEN

With all eyes fixed on Varun Chakravarthy and his bag of tricks in the T20 World Cup, another mystery spinner from Asia, Maheesha Theekshana, could steal the spotlight from him, writes Sarah Waris.

You remember Ajantha Mendis. You remember the sliders and the off-breaks that wreaked havoc in the rival camp. You remember the carrom ball and the googly that made him one of the most lethal bowlers in his heyday, and how it was a joy to watch him in action. You remember how batters struggled against his variations that were coupled with precision and accuracy. You might also remember his stats in white-ball cricket: 152 ODI wickets at an average of 21.86 to go with 66 scalps in T20Is, where he averaged 14.42. And you will most definitely remember how the spinner faded into obscurity just six years after he bamboozled every team and every player that had faced him.

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